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Adopting: what countries can we adopt from?

International adoption is a popular choice for many Irish couples who want to be parents. The removal of Vietnam from the approved adoption list for Irish people was a big problem for many people, but now, with the addition of South Africa, Thailand and Bulgaria, there are new options for prospective adoptive parents. Each of these do, of course, have their own conditions for international adoption, so if you are interested in adopting a child from one of them, you will need to speak to an adoption agency. These additions accompany new international regulations for adoptions, known as the Adoption Act.
The good news for couples still wanting to adopt from Vietnam, is that the ban on adoptions from that country is likely to be lifted when the country complies with international adoption law. In the mean time, potential adoptive parents in Ireland have three new potential sources of international adoption, which should make it a little easier to get the child you want.
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Irish parents now have three new international adoption options which may make getting the child they want a little bit easier.
International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with Irish adoption laws.
The Thai Child Adoption Centre in Bangkok works with the Irish Adoption Board to process all adoption requests for Thai children.
Adopting a child from the Philippines is a much smoother process than adopting a child from China or Vietnam.
Some couples are not ready to give up trying to have a natural birth child and will want to continue IVF treatment during the adoption process.
Intercountry adoption is a difficult process and at the moment, there is no effective bilateral agreement between the Vietnamese government and Ireland.
The adoption process for babies and children born in China is handled by the China Centre of Adoption Affairs (CCAA).
While the criteria for fostering are not as strenuous as those for adoption, there are still certain requirements you need to fulfil in order to be considered.
Foster care provides for the temporary or permanent care of children who for one reason or another, cannot live with their own family.
Adoption is a major decision, and one that no one should take lightly, or try to force anyone into.



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