Part of the problem that the Vietnamese authorities are facing is the classification of the children who are eligible for adoption. In many cases, the children being put up for adoption are not 'abandoned' or orphaned. The demand for children from Vietnam by foreigners wishing to adopt is greater than the actual need for adoption in the country. There is evidence that the adoption agencies that process the applications in Vietnam do not have a healthy relationship with the foreigners wishing to adopt.
No new applications have been accepted by Vietnam since April 2009 and any applications still pending by May 2009 have been put on hold. Affected families have been advised to either wait until the new agreement has been reached in 2011, or transfer their application to another country.
Even when the intercountry adoptions were allowed, the waiting times for Irish families were very long.