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Big strides made in
Vietnam’s adoption service
By Claire O’Sullivan
Thursday, May 19, 2011
SENIOR members of the
Adoption Authority have met with the Children’s Minister to report on
"important improvements" in Vietnam’s inter-country adoption
chairman Geoffrey Shannon and chief executive Elizabeth Canavan had
travelled to the Far East country to "assess and report on the
country’s progress on adoption and child protection processes".
They concluded that big strides had been made since November 2008, when
the US suspended adoptions from Vietnam because of dubious practices.
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.
Last night, Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she was
"very pleased" to hear of the improvements in laws and
She said: "I am mindful that the Adoption Authority has advised
that the entry into force of the Hague Convention in Vietnam is likely
to occur in November.
"I will now consider their report and their feedback, to determine
the next steps that should be taken to build on this progress.
"I look forward to discussing this further with my Government
colleagues and the Adoption Authority in the coming weeks,"
Minister Fitzgerald said.
The International Social Services 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 suspended adoption from Vietnam in late 2008 after it uncovered
widespread evidence of baby selling and baby farming.
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