Minister asks Adoption
Authority to assess situation in Vietnam
Susan Ryan, www.thejournal.ie
12th April 2011
MINISTER FOR CHILDREN Frances Fitzgerald has asked the Adoption
Authority chairman to visit Vietnam to assess how the country has
improved its foreign adoption
from Vietnam to Ireland have been suspended since the bilateral
agreement between the two countries lapsed in May 2009 amid
international concerns about the circumstances surrounding adoptions
an International Social Service report commissioned by UNICEF Vietnam
and the Vietnamese government found that inter-country adoptions from
Vietnam were “essentially influenced by foreign demand”, meaning the
number of children available for adoption was more related to the number
of prospective adopters than the needs of the children.
circumstances under which babies become “adoptable” are invariably
unclear and disturbing.
report commended the Vietnamese government’s interest in introducing
stronger legislation on inter-country adoptions, but said the
introduction of such laws would require “a fundamental change in
outlook” in the country.
mid-January of this year, the then-Minister for Children Barry Andrews
said that the
Irish government had suspended negotiations on a bilateral adoption
agreement with Vietnam “indefinitely”, pending Vietnam’s
ratification of the Hague Convention.
ratified the Convention with the enactment of the Adoption Act in
Minister Fitzgerald said
in a statement that given Vietnam’s plan to ratify the Hague
Convention in June, it was now appropriate for the Adoption Authority to
travel to the country to assess current standards.
said the Authority would then be a in a position to provide a report
“so that we can give clarity to Irish people who are anxiously
awaiting information on progress in Vietnam”.
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