Press Release

Minister Lenihan announces recommencement of Adoptions from Vietnam following ratification of bilateral agreement on adoption with Ireland

Minister for Children Mr Brian Lenihan TD is happy to announce that, following ratification by both countries of the bilateral adoption agreement between Ireland and the Social Republic of Vietnam, adoptions will recommence from Vietnam on 6th July, 2004. Applicants may submit their applications to Vietnam with immediate effect.

The Vietnamese authorities decided that, from the 1st January 2003, they would only process applications from applicants living in countries with which they had a bilateral agreement. An agreement was negotiated by a team from the Adoption Board and the Department of Health and Children, headed by the Irish Ambassador to Malaysia. It creates a basis for the protection of the rights of the child and promotes co-operation between Vietnam and Ireland in the adoption area in compliance with international customary practice.

The Adoption Board has now finalised operational arrangements with the Vietnamese authorities and this has allowed the Agreement to come into operation today.

Minister Lenihan stated that “the arrangements now put in place are in the best interests of the child and uphold the spirit and principles of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption”.

For further information please contact the Adoption Board direct on 01-2309300.