28 April 2005


Govt legal expert hopes to clear up Tristan adoption limbo

28/04/2005 - 08:13:28

The Irish Government is to send a legal expert to the aid of an Indonesian boy stuck in legal limbo following a failed adoption by an Irish couple.

Tristan Dowse has been the centre of controversy after the couple abandoned him in a Jakarta orphanage as they claimed the adoption didn’t work out.

Following meetings today between the Foreign Affairs Department, the office of the Attorney General and the Adoption Board, the Department decided to send a legal expert to the Indonesian capital to assess the current situation.

The Adoption Board will also send a social worker and a board member to carry out its own investigation.

Until the current legal situation is clarified, Tristan, who is now an Irish citizen, cannot be adopted by other parents.

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