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Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:12 am
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Saw this post on RC, it's from today's Irish Times. Oh fingers crossed this is the good news we have all been waiting on. Ourselves, family and friends have been emailing the new Minister etc since she took over from BA and she had assured us that Vietnam was top of her list of priorities so fingers crossed it remains that way and that we as a receiving country for adoption can be pro-active for a change instead of re-active.


Minister seeks to re-open VN - IT
Minister seeks to reopen Vietnam for Irish adoptions - Irish Times, 4 April -
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ire ... 34262.html


Minister seeks to reopen Vietnam for Irish adoptions

JAMIE SMYTH

THE GOVERNMENT will begin talks on securing a new administrative agreement with Vietnam shortly to help reopen the southeast Asian state for Irish couples pursuing intercountry adoptions.

An estimated 200 Irish couples seeking adoptions in Vietnam were left in limbo following a decision by the government last year to suspend all adoptions from the country. The suspension, which was announced in January 2010, followed international concerns about the process of adopting children from Vietnam.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald told The Irish Times yesterday she wanted officials at the Adoption Authority of Ireland to travel to Vietnam to begin talks on an administrative agreement. She said she believed Vietnam would ratify the Hague Convention on intercountry adoptions and securing an administrative agreement with the country would speed up the process of adoption for Irish couples waiting to adopt.

“I’d like to bring some clarity to the situation of intercountry adoptions so that adoptive couples are not having to reinvent the wheel,” said Ms Fitzgerald, who is meeting the Adoption Authority of Ireland “as a matter of urgency” later this week.

Under the Adoption Act, which entered into law last November, couples can only pursue inter-country adoptions from states that have ratified the Hague adoption convention or that have a bilateral agreement with Ireland.

Vietnam signed the Hague convention in December 2010, and is expected to fully ratify the convention shortly. By negotiating an administrative agreement with Vietnam, the Government hopes Irish couples stuck in limbo can begin adopting as soon as Vietnam ratifies the Hague convention.

An estimated 200 Irish couples had received their declaration of eligibility and suitability to adopt from Vietnam when adoptions were suspended. Some 20 Irish couples were even further through the adoption process in Vietnam and had received adoption packs before the suspension.

The Government announced the suspension of adoptions from Vietnam following publication of a report commissioned by Unicef and the Vietnamese ministry of justice, which identified concerns.

The report found that adoptions from Vietnam were essentially influenced by foreign demand rather than the needs of “abandoned” and orphaned children; the circumstances under which babies become “adoptable” were invariably unclear and disturbing; and the intercountry adoption system was grounded in a “remarkably unhealthy relationship between the mediating agencies and specific residential facilities”.


Russia is closed for new adoptions because it has not ratified the Hague convention. However, the Government is seeking a full bilateral agreement with Moscow in a bid to reopen Russia for adoptions.

Ms Fitzgerald also said she would prioritise the passing of new legislation to help adopted children trace their parents.

Birth parents hoping to trace the 42,000 children adopted in Ireland since 1952 often face huge delays when they approach the Health Service Executive or private adoption agencies to start the tracing process.

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnam adoptions
Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:48 pm
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someday wrote:
Oh fingers crossed this is the good news we have all been waiting on.
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This is good news, at least Ireland should be ready when we get the green light.

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Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:19 pm
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Brilliant news.............have to commend the new Minister for this.

She really seems to be on top of her game......it makes perfect sense
to have this agreement in place before Vietnam implement Hague.

It just highlights how incompetent BA was.......


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Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:27 pm
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Another article about it today, in the Evening Herald this time....

Joy for families as Vietnam adoptions get go-ahead again - Herald, 4 April -

http://www.herald.ie/national-news/joy- ... 08843.html

Joy for families as Vietnam adoptions get go-ahead again

By Alan O'Keeffe

Monday April 04 2011

MORE than 200 Irish couples seeking to adopt children in Vietnam will welcome new moves to restart adoption procedures between both countries.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said she wanted officials from the Adoption Authority of Ireland to travel to Vietnam to seek an administrative agreement to speed up the measures to recommence adoptions.

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The minister said she was meeting the authority this week as a matter of urgency.

A large number of Irish couples were in the process of adopting Vietnamese children when all adoptions from the country were suspended in January last year.

Couples were deeply upset and many had reached an advanced stage in the process.

The suspension was imposed after a report commissioned by the United Nations and Vietnamese authorities found a very unhealthy relationship between mediating agencies and residential institutions in Vietnam.

Disturbing details emerged about the circumstances of how some babies were deemed to be adoptable.

Vietnam signed the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children in December and is expected to fully ratify it shortly which should lead to a resumption of adoptions to Ireland.

New adoption legislation came into effect here five months ago when Ireland formally ratified the convention.

The legislation means adoptions can only take place with countries that have signed up to the treaty or have a bilateral agreement with Ireland which ensures high standards to protect children.

The new legislation has helped clear up some of the uncertainty which surrounded foreign adoptions last year.

The Adoption Authority re-issued a warning last month about people seeking to adopt handing over money under the guise of "humanitarian aid".

The authority said it had noticed that in a number of recent applications for registration of adoption "substantial amounts of money", described as humanitarian aid or donation was handed to agencies abroad.

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Irish officials said prospective adoptive parents are reminded that humanitarian aid or donations should not be associated with individual children being adopted.

It stressed that the very greatest care must be exercised at all times "as regards the matter of any payments which are made in relation to any part of the adoption process".

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