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What is involved in adopting a child from Vietnam?

As the Helping Hands organisation has had its mediation licence revoked by the Vietnamese government, there is presently no agreement between Vietnam and Ireland on an official adoption policy. Both countries are required to include the provisions from the Hague Convention of 2009 in their respective adoption policies. Reports and recommendations made by International Social Services and UNICEF have been accepted by the Vietnamese government, and these reports suggest that all intercountry adoption from Vietnam be put on hold until 2011, when a new policy can be put in place.

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.
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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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