IAA Quarterly Round Up
IAA Quarterly Round Up
The IAA is taking its summer holidays and the offices will be closed
from Monday 24th July and will reopen again on Friday 11th August.
Events and Membership Renewals can still be purchased online at www.iaaireland.org
The last few months have been busy with a varied number of events and we are looking forward to the next few months of 2017 with the return of the National IAA Conference. We are already in planning stages for 2018.
As you know the IAA has always been fully funded by membership donations. Members are the lifeblood of our organisation and we want to assure you that your ongoing support is valued but we also need your support to allow us continue with our programme of events and to keep going into 2018!! As always, we are asking that if you are not up to date that you renew your membership now or if you think any of your friends would be interested in being part of a multicultural intercountry adoption family network, please pass on our details. As always, you can renew your membership on www.iaaireland.org. We need your ongoing support!
So, onto what has been happening in the IAA Family Network over the past few months…….
ARAS Garden Party
What a huge success……. And the IAA are taking a little bit of the credit!! Back in October 2016 when planning our 2017 calendar, we wrote to President Michael D. Higgins and asked if he would consider hosting a garden party for the intercountry adoption community in his series of summer garden parties. This event was for our ICA children and for those fortunate to attend what a special and memorable afternoon it was. It was a pity not everybody was lucky enough to attend but there is always next year….
· In the past few weeks a new programme between Ireland and Haiti has opened to Irish applicants and HHAMA are the mediation agency. We wish all applicants the best of luck with their journey and if there is anything the IAA can do to support you on this journey, please call us.
· For 2017, Thailand has allocated to Ireland a quota of 6 new non-additional needs dossiers. At the time of going to print only 3 of the 6 spaces had been filled. Please contact the office if you need any further information .
We are putting together a working group to develop a position paper on tax relief on fees for intercountry adoption for submission to Revenue. As more and more country programmes are fee paying, the IAA believes that applicants should be eligible for tax relief, as is the case in other countries. If this affects you or you have any experience in this area we need your help.
We are delighted to see that we have had nearly full houses at all our events over the past six months. Our calendar is a varied programme that should have an interest for all members, whether pre or post adoption, parent or child. At the halfway point of the year we have held 13 events, attended by close to 500 people. Thanks for your support so far and if you have any ideas for 2018 we’d love to hear from you on firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Network Support
We cannot thank our young adult members enough for being so brave for taking a step into the unkown……we had a great response to our Barnstorm theatre workshops and Art workshop at IMMA.We are really looking forward to hearing how our playwrite, Noelle Brown is getting on in September. With the input of our young adults through the workshops she is in the process of developing a play aimed at our younger cohort of members and the wider community.
Hold the date: Barnstorm Progress Workshop – 8th October 2017.
With the feedback from our young members we will definitely have an activity day for the more adventurous in 2018. We are also in contact with a number of other arts programmes, including the Abbey Theatre for 2018. So watch this space…
Information & Education
So far this year we have had a number of really interesting seminars and it was great to see such great numbers attending. We continue to try and hold these seminars in a number of counties but if we do not get the numbers to cover costs we do need to cancel. Unfortunately this has happened twice in the past six months. So again, please pass on information about our events to your friends.
For the remainder of 2017 we have some more really interesting events:-
21st September – “Talking about Adoption at School”, panel of Primary School Teacher & Parent
8th October – “Barnstorm Progress Workshop”
14th October – “Understanding & Responding to Anxiety in Children” with Peadar Maxwell
25th October – “Social Media & Safety Online”, a talk for Parents with Cybersafe Ireland
4th November – “The Adopted Child in School” with Sheila Lavery, Tessa NI, ATHLONE
Book online for all of these events at www.iaaireland.org
Social & Cultural
Weren’t we blessed with the weather for our two family days out? They were both a great success and enjoyed by all.
· The Easter Egg Hunt had the thrill of finding treasure and the tension of competing in races….particularly for a few competitive parents!!
· The day at Castlecomer Discovery Park, saw people from 18 months to 80+ years attend, representing 12 countries of birth and travelling from 9 counties in Ireland . Everybody agrees that the setup was much better this year and allowed for better mixing with other families after the excitement and fun of all the different activities.
We’ve already pencilled in our event with the venues for next year and we’ll let you know the date as soon as we’ve tidied up our 2018 events calendar.
The night out at the theatre was very enjoyable and thought provoking. “Postscript” was performed by Noelle Brown, who coincidentally is the playwrite that is working with our young adult workshops. It was great to have Noelle join us for an aftershow drink and chat on the subject of information and tracing for adoptees – both domestic and incountry adoption.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground to see if there are any other events of interest for our community or maybe we’ll just have another “Night out at the Theatre”. Let us know if you would be interested.
|NATIONAL CONFERENCE - HOLD THE DATE – 18th November 2017
“Inside Out, Identity in Adoption”
Once back from holidays, it is heads down to finalise the details of this years’ conference. It takes a lot of heads to pull this together and we are looking for your help in shaping the event. Your involvement can be as little as a couple of hours.
If this is something you would be interested in getting involved in please contact the office.
Intercountry Adoption Statistics
January to Jun 2017 (as provided by AAI)
Declarations Granted 30
Declarations Processing time (av weeks) 2.4
Extensions Granted 12
Article 17 Notices 21
Entries in the RICA granted (Hab Res Irl) 32
Entries in the RICA granted (Hab Res Forn) 151
Entries in the RICA refused 4
Adoption Authority of Ireland – Annual Report 2016
The Adoption Authority of Ireland recently published their Annual Report for 2016.
In short 54 children joined our families through intercountry adoption last year.
The full report can be read here: https://aai.gov.ie/images/Annual-Report-2016.pdf
We Need Your Help
If you would like to get involved with the IAA we are always looking for volunteers:-
· Experience with Wordpress – we are currently developing a new website.
· Committee member – we need greater representation from pre-adopters and people outside of Dublin (travel to Dublin not necessary)
· Conference volunteers – anyone interested in the topic of Race and Identity.
However you plan to spend your summer, enjoy. For some of you it may be a return trip to a birth country and for a few lucky families it will be a trip to bring your new son or daughter home. Please keep IAA HQ informed of these major milestones in your family’s life.
If you come across an article or stumble on a movie that you think your fellow members should know about, please send in the link. Recently we shared with you the link to a member’s “letter to a birth mother” as published in the Sunday Independent. How many of us have started to write this letter in our head and stopped? This letter says everything we all want to say. Thank you to our member who gave us all the kick-start we need. I wonder has she started the Lifebook? A few of us could probably do with a push in that direction also! Lastly, safe travels to one family travelling to China this week.
Have a great summer.