To support parents and parents to be at all stages of their adoption journey. Practical help with adoption dossiers and travel planning as well as the moral support of parents’ networks.
To promote Chinese cultural awareness for our children and their extended families by celebrating Chinese Festivals and providing a variety of information on all aspects of Chinese Life. In particular we consider it important to network with the Chinese community in Ireland and build friendships and a better understanding of China and its culture.
To advocate on behalf of our members on matters relating to Assessment, Adoption, Adoptive Parenting and Education in general of all who encounter our families. In particular we are mindful of Racial equality for all in our society as it effects our Asian born children.
History of ICCG
The Irish Chinese Contact Group (ICCG) was formed in July 2000, initially as the Cork Chinese Contact Group, with only 3 families involved. This group has grown rapidly in size since with almost 400 members families by Oct. 2006, and aims at providing support to couples and single people who have or are considering adopting a child from China.
By meeting regularly, members are kept informed of changes in the process while also providing an invaluable social network for both the parents and the children. As the group expanded beyond Cork it was felt necessary to appoint regional representatives in each TUSLA area to help adopters and to organise events. We have over 20 Regional Reps and we are happy to connect all new members with someone close geographically.
Over the last 10 years the group membership has changed reflecting the decrease in the number of adoptions from China and the increasing age profile of the children, with almost 160 families registered as members in 2017.
Talks and social events now happen around the country in one of many locations with major events like our Chinese New Celebration moving to other counties, Kilkenny, Dublin, Limerick, Wexford and Galway all hosted the event. The event is held in Cork every other year. Our Mid-Autumn Festival [Moon Festival] is held in Tipperary for ease of access to all.
ICCG is now the Irish Chapter of the US based organisation Families with Children from China. check out their very comprehensive website on all matters relating to Adoption FCC website.
The constitution of ICCG is available on our website. The ICCG AGM is held annually in Cork, in the Autumn, when financial reports are presented and executive committee elected.