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US not adopting from
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner, Saturday, February 04, 2012
The United States has said it will not resume adoptions from Vietnam as the
country "does not yet have a fully Hague-compliant process in
The announcement was made on Wednesday, the day the Hague Convention came
into force in the South-East Asian country, and weeks after Children’s
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she was satisfied for Ireland to resume
adopting from the country again.
Under the Adoption Act 2010, Ireland can only adopt from countries which
have ratified the Convention or with which we have a bilateral agreement.
Ireland ceased adopting children from Vietnam in May 2009 after concerns
were raised in a Unicef report that the availability of children related
more to demand from prospective adoptive parents than to the needs of
The US suspended adoptions from Vietnam in 2008 after it uncovered
widespread evidence of baby selling and "baby farming".
However, the US still believes the country is not "fully
Adoptions from Vietnam to Ireland are likely to resume soon, after both
countries reached agreement on a number of issues to ensure that the rights
of children are protected.
High-level sources have said the agreement would be "watertight".
"The best interests of the child have been key to our
discussions," Ms Fitzgerald said last month.
"There is now agreement on all the main issues such as safeguards
relating to consent, dealing with central authorities and issues to do with
Ireland adopted 636 children from Vietnam between 1991 and 2008. There were
136 adoptions in 2009, 10 in 2010 and none last year.
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