Vietnam Adoptions
By on April 13th, 2011

THE CHAIRMAN of the Adoption Authority of Ireland is to travel to Vietnam to assess what progress has been made in addressing concerns which led the Government to suspend all adoptions from there in January 2010.

Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, said in view of the fact that Vietnam hoped to ratify the Hague Convention on the protection of children and co-operation in respect of intercountry adoptions in June, it would be appropriate for the authority to visit now.

Some 200 Irish couples had received their declaration of eligibility and suitability to adopt from Vietnam when adoptions were suspended following publication of a report commissioned by Unicef and the Vietnamese ministry of justice identifying 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”.

Ms Fitzgerald said Mr Shannon would report back to her after his visit to Vietnam “so that we can give clarity to Irish people who are anxiously awaiting information on progress in Vietnam”. However she said she did not want to raise expectations unduly.

Mr Shannon said he would be travelling to Vietnam as soon as possible. He stressed adoption was about children and that nobody had a right to adopt.

Meanwhile Ms Fitzgerald said she would look at the resource issues which resulted in some Irish couples waiting years to be assessed in relation to their suitability to adopt. “I don’t think those very long assessment periods are in anyone’s interests . . . it is an area of concern to me.”

Americans hoping to adopt from vietnam should be aware of this posting in 2010 from the Department of State…

Intercountry adoption is not possible from Vietnam at this time.Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should not seek or accept new (or potential) adoption referrals from Vietnam until an announcement is posted that the United States Citizenship and Information Service (USCIS) is again processing new I-600 or I-800 petitions for adoption in Vietnam. No such announcement is expected in the near future.


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