November 15, 2011
From the Irish Times:
Vietnam has ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, allowing Irish couples to adopt children from the country once more. The ratification will come into force on February 1st.
Until 2009, adoptions into Ireland from Vietnam took place under a bilateral agreement between the two countries.
Following controversy concerning adoptions out of Vietnam, the agreement lapsed in May 2009, when adoptions were suspended. Meanwhile, Ireland passed the Adoption Act ratifying the Hague Convention which sets standards for intercountry adoption.
This meant that only children from other Hague convention countries, or those with which there was a bilateral agreement, could be adopted into Ireland.
Following the concerns about its adoptions process, Vietnam undertook to introduce changes to its procedures to enable it to ratify the convention. Contacts continued between the Irish and Vietnamese governments, stressing the desire of the Irish Government to see the situation resolved and adoptions resumed.
Access the full notice here.