Friday, October 11, 2013
From the Irish Times:
The number of children born to unmarried parents and placed for adoption has fallen dramatically over recent decades, new figures show.
In 1967, 97 per cent – or 1,493 – of children of unmarried parents in Ireland were placed for adoption. Last year that proportion had fallen to less than 1 per cent, or fewer than 50 children.
The figures were contained in an address by child law expert Dr. Geoffrey Shannon to an international conference on European Family Law.
He said a variety of factors have contributed to the change, such as a softening in attitude towards lone parenthood, the availability of contraception and the welfare payments for unmarried mothers.
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