Adoptions to Vietnam set to resume in the coming months – BREEN.

January 23rd, 2012 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee Pat Breen said today (Tuesday) that adoptions to Vietnam are set to resume in the coming months, following confirmation from the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald that following the resolution of all outstanding technical issues between Ireland and Vietnam.

Deputy Breen raised the matter during the Topical Issue Debate in Dail Eireann last week. “I have been working with a number of families in County Clare and indeed from other parts of the Country who have been left in limbo since the last Government suspended indefinitely our bilateral adoption agreement with Vietnam in January 2010.”

“In the interim very little effort was expended on rectifying the situation until Minister Frances Fitzgerald came to office and it is thanks to the renewed diplomatic efforts undertaken by this Government which that the Vietnamese Government have ratified the Hague Convention, which will come into effect on the 1st February 2012 next.”

“In September I visited Vietnam in my role as Chairman of the committee and I met Vietnam’s Justice Minister at the request of the Minister, I found the Justice Minister and the Vietnamese Government very supportive and anxious to renew our bilateral arrangements and I was not surprised when they lodged their documentation for ratification with the Hague Convention on 1 November.”
“Following her visit to Vietnam, Minister Fitzgerald outlined a number of steps which will now be undertaken in the coming weeks. Firstly, an administrative agreement must be put in place with Vietnam. Secondly, the Adoption Authority of Ireland has to complete its work on the accreditation of agencies, which is essential to ensure that we have an Agency that will assist adoptive couples in Vietnam and this has to be in place by the 1st February. Thirdly, the Children’s Minister has also invited the Vietnamese Justice Minister to Ireland and she is hopeful that pending these developments that inter-country adoptions could begin again between Ireland and Vietnam in the coming months.”

“During the course of the debate, I also raised the possibility of entering negotiations on a bilateral inter country adoption agreement with Ethiopia. Following my own visit to Vietnam, a number of Clare families were in touch with me enquiring about this possibility. I did raise the matter with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, in Addis Ababa when I was in Ethiopia and he assured me that he would bring my concerns to the attention of his relevant Cabinet colleagues.”

“Minister Fitzgerald confirmed that she has given approval to the Adoption Authority of Ireland to commence the process of examining the fea