IRISH couples wanting to adopt are increasingly turning to Florida in the US, new data shows.So, it looks like Florida is the new Mexico. . . .
Some 17 babies were adopted from Florida last year, statistics released by Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald reveal.
In fact, more children were adopted from the US by Irish residents in 2011 than during the nine years between 2000 and 2008.
The International Adoption Association (IAA) said the proven track record of "transparent and ethical" processes in Florida has made the state a popular choice for couples.
A spokeswoman said: "There are many reasons for this but primarily because other families have effected legal and transparent adoptions from this state and the children are very young when placed for adoption."
It is easier to travel back and forth to Florida from Ireland than the west coast of the US, she pointed out.
There is also an agency in the state which works with Irish parents and in which the applicants have confidence.
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