Couples who adopt from abroad pick US, Vietnam
Vietnam and the United States are now the top two countries for Irish people adopting abroad, according to new figures.
Last year, 21 children were adopted from Vietnam and another 14 from the US, the data from the Adoption Authority showed.
Overall there were 54 inter-country adoptions with children from China, Bulgaria, Russia, Thailand, Ethiopia and Lithuania also given new families here.
The US is the only country that takes adoptions from same-sex couples and a number of these are currently being processed by Irish applicants.
A mother who is giving a child for adoption Stateside is given a list of 10 prospective families and is allowed to choose who should adopt the child.
The process of inter-country adoption is particularly costly in the US because of the legal teams involved.
Adoption Authority chief executive Patricia Carey said family adoptions continued to be the main type of adoption within Ireland, totalling 65 in 2016.