Helping Hands Accredited for Vietnam

June 17, 2013

Below is a copy of a notice posted on the Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency website:

Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency (HHAMA) is delighted to inform you that we are the first agency to be accredited by the Department of Justice and the Adoption Department in Vietnam, under the new Adoption Law in Vietnam. Helping Hands have been awarded a licence to facilitate adoptions for Irish applicants. There are now 28 agencies working in Vietnam.

Following this accreditation, there are now a few procedural items to be finalised with the Adoption Department in Vietnam, the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Department of Health, Children and Youth Affairs, before applications can begin to be processed.

We intend to hold information meetings for every applicant in the coming months, to inform you of the new procedures in relation to adopting from Vietnam and to discuss your individual application. Applicants who are fully registered with us will be dealt with first. We will be in touch with every applicant in the coming weeks and months.

Due to the backlog of applications already registered with HHAMA, we are not taking new registrations at present. We will email those on our mailing list and update our website when we have further information regarding accepting new registrations.

At this stage you do not need to do anything regarding your application. We will contact you in relation to what paperwork you require and what paperwork you need to update.

We endeavour to finalise outstanding matters in a very timely manner and ask that you bear with us during this stage. Please note that we have no indication at this time when we will receive the first referrals. This is a matter beyond our control and we ask for your understanding regarding this.

We appreciate your patience up to now and wish to thank you for your support during the last few years.

We will be in contact with applicants in due course and look forward to working with you in the future.

Our website will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the new process and new document requirements  in relation to adopting from Vietnam.


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