Refused your birth
certificate by the Adoption Authority? Click
here to learn how to locate it for yourself.
deal unlikely until concerns resolved
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Authority will ensure all of the "very serious issues" that
caused the suspension of adoptions from Vietnam are addressed before any
administrative agreement is agreed with the south-east Asian country.
Children Frances Fitzgerald is due to meet with authority chairman,
Geoffrey Shannon, and its chief executive, Liz Canavan, today to discuss
a range of adoption issues, including the possibility of securing a new
administrative agreement with Vietnam.
Ms Canavan said: "The negotiation of an administrative agreement
with any Hague Country is a matter for the Adoption Authority, which
would have to satisfy itself as to the standards of adoption in the
country of origin.
"In particular, the authority will be anxious to ensure that the
very serious issues which caused the suspension of adoptions from
Vietnam have been fully addressed."
Vietnam has signed up to the Hague Convention but has not yet ratified.
Vietnamese officials have indicated it is expected to ratify the
Convention in June.
Ireland chose not to resume its bilateral agreement with Vietnam in May
2009 based on a number of concerns raised in Unicef’s International
Social Services report.
The report cited major concerns that there was virtually "no active
promotion of domestic adoptions" in Vietnam so that children could,
at the very least, remain in their country of birth.
Major concerns were also raised about the origin of children.
The report also found that adoptions from the country were influenced by
foreign demand rather than the needs of actual "abandoned" and
The US had previously suspended adoption from Vietnam in September 2008
after it uncovered widespread evidence of baby selling and baby farming.
The Irish Examiner understands that Ireland’s push not to renew the
its bilateral agreement with Vietnam came after similar "serious
concerns" were expressed directly to the then Adoption Board by the
Irish Embassy in Vietnam.
Irish people have adopted more than 600 children from Vietnam between
2002 and 2008.
here to return to the news page
|“In all of us there
is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there
is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting
Alex Haley, Author of Roots