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Anger as Government
bans Vietnam adoptions
By Fiachra O Cionnaith
Irish Examiner, Friday,
January 15, 2010
THE Government has
"slammed the door in the face" of young couples attempting to
adopt by suspending services from Vietnam.
Reacting to Minister
for Children Barry Andrews’s decision to prevent adoptions from the
Asian country, Irish group Helping Hands claimed the move would destroy
countless people’s hopes to start a family.
"We would strongly recommend that the Irish Government engage with
the rest of the international community to help in improving adoption
conditions in Vietnam.
"Currently the door has simply been slammed in the face of helpless
young Vietnamese children who are in need of loving and caring
families," warned the group’s chief executive, Sharon O Driscoll.
"Our numerous requests to meet with government leaders to discuss
the situation, particularly Minister for Children Barry Andrews, have
been mystifyingly dodged or refused," she added.
The comment came after the Mr Andrews moved to temporarily ban all
adoptions from Vietnam until a full review is carried out.
In November, Helping Hands denied reports it was under investigation by
the Adoption Board over fees it charged people to adopt from Vietnam.
It followed a Unicef’s International Social Services report, which was
critical of the make-up of the agency’s fee of $11,100 (€7,286), of
which $9,000 consists of "humanitarian aid".
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