Friday, April 15, 2011

Tuesday 13th April, 2011

Doherty welcomes FG Minister’s action on adoption

Fine Gael Meath East TD Regina Doherty has today (Tuesday) welcomed the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald’s request for the Chairman of the Adoption Authority to visit Vietnam with a view to assessing current standards in their ratification of the Hague Convention.

“The bilateral agreement between Vietnam and Ireland had been suspended due to the unorthodox practices of some groups in Vietnam, which in turn halted the adoption process for people in Ireland who had been going through the process.

“The visit by the Chairman of the Adoption Authority will be with a view to ensuring best international practices to protect both children, and those who are genuinely following the correct procedure to adopt a child.

“This request is a clear indication of the willingness of the new minister to fulfil the wishes of the hundreds of people in Ireland who are anxiously awaiting clarity on their adoption applications.

“This is a welcome announcement by Minister Fitzgerald, and it is a clear example of how much action she has taken within her first few weeks in government.”

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