Vietnam to sign new adoption pact after two-year suspension
IRISH people are expected to be able to resume adopting children from Vietnam later this year after the signing of a new agreement, writes Eilish O'Regan.
Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she expected the agreement to be signed between Ireland and Vietnam in September.
This will be welcomed by scores of Irish families who have been waiting more than two years for the resumption of adoptions between the two countries. Adoptions from Vietnam were suspended in 2010 after a UNICEF report claimed there was poor regulation of the process in Vietnam.
This devastated the hopes of scores of Irish couples, including families who had already adopted children there and wanted to return.
There were 764 children adopted in Ireland from Vietnam between 2001 and 2010, second only to Russia in popularity.