Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
A call for submissions - see below
New Legislation Commenced - 18/1/2016
Some sections of The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 were commenced on 18th January 2016. This new legislation will directly affect many of our users.
The following are some of the changes:
- an unmarried father who is cohabiting with the mother of his child for at least 12 months, and 3 of these months are following the birth of the child, will automatically have guardianship rights in respect of his child. This is not retrospective, which means that a father currently cohabiting with the mother of his child will not have guardianship rights until 12 months from the date of commencement (18/1/2016). See fathers section
- step parents, grandparents and those who have acted in loco parentis may be eligible to apply for guardianship. See guardianship section
- the process whereby grandparents can apply for access to their grandchildren has been simplified. See grandparents section
- enforcement procedures have been put in place where someone is in breach of a court order. See 'Access and Custody of Children'
- a non-parent cohabitant may be obliged to pay maintenance in respect of a child he/she has been caring for. See maintenance section
The relevant sections of our website have been updated. If you are unclear about any matter please contact an information officer on 01-6700120 or e-mail email@example.com
with your contact details and a member of our information team will be happy to contact you.
See Treoir’s Press Release
Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
A Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and a representative sample of County Homes has been established. The Commission would like to hear from anyone who was resident in or who worked in any of the Mother and Baby Homes or County Homes that are the subject of the investigation.
The Commission would also like to hear from people who have personal knowledge about the homes, for example, family members of residents, regular visitors or those who supplied services to the homes. Written submissions are welcome and the Confidential Committee will also meet in person with a number of former residents, employees and others with relevant information to hear their experiences.
Confidential Freephone 1800 80-66-88 (from outside of the Republic of Ireland: 00 353 1 6445088). The opening hours for the confidential phone line are Monday to Friday (excluding Irish Bank Holidays) 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
Treoir will make a submission in due course.
We would encourage those who have a story to tell or observations to make to contact the Commission www.mbhcoi.ie
View Margaret Dromey, Treoir's CEO, talking on Sunday FM about relevant sections of legislation contained in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 which have now been commenced.
TREOIR: Chief Executive Officer
Treoir is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to become its next CEO. The person will have the skills necessary to lead a small non-governmental organisation in a period of significant social change. See here.
Next year Treoir celebrates its 40th anniversary. A momentous event in the life of any organisation, this anniversary will have an extra significance coinciding as it does with the retirement of Treoir’s CEO and inspirer, Margaret Dromey.
Treoir will soon begin the search for a new CEO, one who, while maintaining the core values, mission and caring culture of the organisation, will also inevitably bring a new set of ambitions and possibilities to Treoir. This will be a time of great change and momentum for the organisation and we in Treoir have mixed emotions – there is the inevitable excitement that surrounds the appointment of a new CEO and the sadness of losing the woman whose name has been synonymous with Treoir for almost 40 years – Margaret Dromey.
Picture shows Treoir's Chair, Dr. Ruth Barrington, our CEO Margaret Dromey and Senator Jillian van Turnhout
Treoir warmly welcomes the publication of the General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015 and appeals to the legislators to ensure that this legislation is progressed as quickly as possible.
However, Treoir does have some concerns around the proposed legislation. Our concerns are mainly around information and tracing associated with adoptions that occurred in the past. Balancing the right to privacy of mothers and the adoptees’ need to know of their origins will be a challenge. We also believe that the information and tracing service must be adequately resourced, if those involved in adoption are not to suffer further hurt by their experience. Read Treoir's submission.
Please note: The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 and the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, when commenced, will introduce many significant changes impacting on unmarried parents and their children.
All our information is being updated and will be published as soon as the legislation is commenced, most likely in the Autumn.
Watch this space and Follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date on developments.
See 'News Archive' for more information on the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015
Treoir very much welcomes many of the provisions in Budget 2016. We particularly welcome the provision whereby, as of September 2016, fathers will, for the first time, be entitled to apply for 2 weeks paternity leave within 28 days of the birth of their child. A father’s entitlement will be based on the same PRSI contributions as apply to mothers eligible for maternity benefit.
Treoir is particularly pleased that some of the recommendations in its pre-budget submission to the Department of Social Protection have been implemented. Read here for more
General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015
In July 2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs published the General Scheme and Heads of The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015. Provisions contained in the Bill will give adopted people a legal right to information about their birth parents. Article 8 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that parties undertake to respect the right of the child to (preserve) his/her identity. The new Adoption Bill if enacted will go a long way toward ensuring that the rights of adopted children are respected in this way.
For more information, see:
TREOIR's Information Pack 2015 is available online and can be sent out on request. As a result of new legislation, the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 and the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, there will be many changes to the legal content of this Pack. To-date none of these changes have taken effect. To keep up-to-date with expected changes see www.treoir.ie, follow us on Facebook or contact the Treoir Information Service on 01-6700120 or LoCall 1890 252 084.
Compulsory registration of father’s name on child’s birth cert is now law
The Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 will, once the legislation has been commenced, for the first time in Ireland, place a duty on unmarried parents to register the father’s name on the birth certificate of their child. It is a child’s fundamental human right to have the names of both parents on his/her birth certificate.
Following on this new legislation, if a mother attends without the father to register her child’s birth, the Registrar will ask her for contact details of the father. The Registrar will then make ‘all reasonable efforts’ to contact the father and invite him to attend the Registrar’s Office within 28 days in order to complete the registration. Only in exceptional cases, where ‘compelling reasons’ are provided, will the father’s name be omitted.
If parents cannot agree a surname for the child, the birth will be registered but no surname will be assigned to the child until agreement is reached. Read more in Treoir's press release.
See Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014
We will keep readers informed of commencement date on our website and follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date on developments.
Watch them Grow
Unmarried-cohabitant and Solo parenthood in Ireland
At the launch: Margaret Dromey - CEO, Dr. Owen Corrigan - Author,
Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Dr. Ruth Barrington - Chair
Watch Them Grow, a significant research study by Dr. Owen Corrigan, commissioned by TREOIR and funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme has been launched. The report gives us a greater understanding of the lives of children in different family types. The research was undertaken using the Growing Up in Ireland study data, a major longitudinal study of children which commenced in 2006, and collected information on 11,134 children and their parents in Ireland when the children were nine months and three years.
Download full report here
Download Key Findings
Key Findings 1 : Marital Status, Family Transitions and Solo Parents, including non resident fathers.
Key Findings 2 : Childcare
Key Findings 3 : Parents’ Health and Parenting
Key Findings 4 : Child Health and Wellbeing
Key Findings 5 : Work and Welfare
Key Findings 6 : Crisis Pregnancy
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How much do fathers matter when they are not living with the mothers of their children? See Padraig O'Morain's article in Irish Times Health supplement (10/11/2015) which reports on the findings of Treoir's 'Watch them Grow' publication. Read article here
CLICK HERE to read our top ten tips on the important information you should consider if you are unmarried and about to be parents
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