Wednesday 18 January 2017

Vietnam adoption curbs to be lifted

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Published 11/10/2010 | 05:00

Irish couples will soon be able to adopt Vietnamese children again -- provided international standards are met.

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Hundreds of couples were left devastated earlier this year after Irish officials said that adoptions from Vietnam could no longer be legally recognised because of the lack of safeguards. Hopes have now been raised that the ban will be lifted.

Children's Minister Barry Andrews revealed that he has been told by officials at the Adoption Authority in Ireland that they were to write to authorities in Hanoi saying they would like to start negotiations on a new agreement.

This would only be triggered if Vietnam ratifies the Hague Convention.

The minister was addressing the annual meeting of the International Adoption Association.

He said he has been in touch with the Russian ambassador to try to get a bilateral agreement with Russia, which is not signed up to the Hague convention.

Moscow has blacklisted various health regions in Ireland because of a delay in sending reports back on how adopted children are being cared for.

Work is also under way on agreements with the Philippines, Bulgaria and Thailand.

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