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Vietnam ‘eager’ to
resume adoptions with Ireland
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner, Tuesday, September 20, 2011
VIETNAM is eager to treat Ireland as a "priority country" for
adoption following its ratification of the Hague Convention.
Children’s Minister Fran-ces Fitzgerald said a number of recent
developments have taken place in relation to inter-country adoption with
Vietnam and that the country is close to ratifying the convention, which
ensures that international adoption occurs in the best interests of
In a recent meeting with the Vietnamese Ambassador to Ireland, Vu Quang
Minh, Ms Fitzgerald stressed Ireland’s wish to see Vietnam as a
country of choice for adoption for prospective adoptive parents.
"I have been advised that the Vietnamese government is eager to
treat Ireland as a priority country for adoption following their
ratification of Hague," she said.
Ms Fitzgerald confirmed that preliminary discussions have taken place
regarding official visits between the countries and said Vietnamese
authorities are committed to putting in place legislative framework that
supports safe and secure domestic and inter-country adoptions.
Ireland ceased adopting children from Vietnam after it chose not to
resume its bilateral agreement with the country in May 2009 following
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 children could, at
the very least, remain in their country of birth.
Concerns were also raised about the origin of the children used for
inter-country adoption. The report also found that adoptions from the
country were influenced by foreign demand.
The report also directly criticised Cork-based agency Helping Hands over
fees it charged.
The US had suspended adoptions from Vietnam in September 2008 after it
uncovered evidence of baby selling and ‘baby farming’.
The Irish Examiner understands Ireland’s decision was also influenced
by similar "serious concerns".
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