Independent Wicklow Town Councillor calls for No vote in Children's Referendum

Tuesday 30 October 2012 22.53
Pat Kavanagh fears adoptions will be done hastily in order to cut fostering costs
Pat Kavanagh fears adoptions will be done hastily in order to cut fostering costs

A Wicklow Town Councillor has called for a No vote in the Children's Referendum.

Independent Cllr Pat Kavanagh said she is concerned if the referendum is passed the State might move too early to forcibly remove children from families for adoption.

Speaking to RTÉ, Cllr Kavanagh, who has fostered a number of teenagers and who was a social care worker for 16 years, said fostering costs the State a lot of money and she is concerned there is an element of cost-cutting about the proposal.

She also said adoption has ongoing consequences in that children will lose contact with their parents but also with siblings and grandparents, as extended family will have no right of access to an adopted child in the long-term.

The vote takes place on 10 November.

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