“Illegal adoptions arise in different ways, but one of the most controversial is when a child’s birth certificate falsely states that its adoptive parents are its birth parents. It’s believed this practice often followed the forced handover of children from unmarried mothers.”
Maybe I’m missing some finer point here, but I think this is how it’s done here in the USA–or at least how it was done in 1970 when I gave my son up for adoption. He’ll be 44 in a few days, and his birth certificate makes no reference to his birth parents or adoption. If I hadn’t subverted the system, searched for him and found him, it would have required the luck o’ the Irish for the two of us to have met. It’s a weird world.
If you’d like to read the whole article, go to http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/authority-admits-thousands-of-adoptions-illegal-274574.html