Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has welcomed the Government’s announcement that Ireland has signed an Administrative Agreement on inter-country adoption with Vietnam, describing it as “extremely important for the country and parents seeking to adopt.”
Deputy Troy said: “This is a significant announcement and it will be very welcome news to couples who are seeking to adopt children who have been unable to look to Vietnam in the adoption process.
“Adoptions from Vietnam were suspended under the last Government in the interests of the welfare of children, pending the ratification of the Hague Convention on inter-country adoption by Vietnam. Then-Minister Barry Andrews undertook a significant amount of work with officials in Vietnam and I welcome the fact that Minister Fitzgerald has continued that engagement and brought this matter to a successful outcome.
“Today’s signing of the administrative agreement at the Adoption Authority of Ireland paves the way for the resumption of adoptions between Ireland and Vietnam.
“I want to commend the work that has been undertaken by Geoffrey Shannon, Chair of the AAI, and his staff at the authority. This is an important development for inter-country adoption and I know it will be broadly welcomed by those seeking to adopt children from Vietnam.”