The Adoption Authority has made the following entry in the Register of Accredited Bodies established and maintained by the Authority pursuant to Section 126 of the Adoption Act 2010.

Name of Body: Helping Hands Adoption Facilitation Agency t/a Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency

Activity for which registered: The activities outlined in Section 4 (a,b,c,d) of the Adoption Act 2010.

NOTICE – VIETNAM – 28th May 2012

A delegation of Vietnamese officials will travel to Ireland in week commencing the 25th June 2012 to advance the administrative agreement presented to the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice in January of this year.


February 8, 2012

There were also photos published in the Star and the Examiner.

February 6, 2012

A press cutting from the Irish Independent covering the Tet (Vietnamese new year) celebrations held in Dublin at the weekend.

Here are some photos taken by Fran Byrne photography at the VINAF  Tet celebrations held in the Irish Life building in Dublin.




February 2, 2012

Don’t forget Tet celebrations this Saturday 4th February at 14.00

News And Upcoming Events

December 18, 2011

Press Release

Frances  Fitzgerald,  T.D.,  Minister  for  Children and Youth Affairs, is meeting  Mr. Ha  Hung Cuong,  Vietnamese  Minister  for  Justice,  of the Socialist  Republic  of Vietnam later this week and will carry out a series of  engagements  in  relation to intercountry adoption between Ireland and Vietnam.

Minister Fitzgerald said “I have accepted an invitation from Mr Ha Hung Cuong, Vietnamese Minister for Justice, on behalf of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to visit Vietnam. It is also my intention to extend an invitation to the Vietnamese Minister for Justice to visit Ireland in the near future”.

In that regard, my visit will coincide with an official visit by the Adoption Authority of Ireland, led by Mr Geoffrey Shannon to Vietnam where they will commence discussions on administrative arrangements for intercountry adoption between Ireland and Vietnam as provided for by Article 72 of the Adoption Act 2010.

The Minister said “I know a lot of Irish families have been very patient in regard to the long wait for Vietnam to complete the ratification of Hague. The re-establishment of our relationship with Vietnam in respect to intercountry adoption has been a priority for me since I became Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. I acknowledge the commitment of the Vietnamese Government to the establishment of a safe adoption regime under the Hague Convention and their continued commitment to engage with the Irish Government on this issue.  I am hopeful that the progress made to date will continue and Vietnam’s arrangements for the adoption of children in need of homes will involve Irish families into the future.

While in Vietnam I have a comprehensive schedule of official meetings with representatives of the Vietnamese Government and a range of other official engagements.

In relation to the possibility of intercountry adoption between our two countries I will meet with Mr Ha Hung Cuong, Minister of Justice and Mr Nguyen van Binh, Director General of the Vietnamese Adoption Department.
A Recent article from the Irish Independent about Vietnamese adoptions.

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Tickets are now available to buy for the upcoming Tet celebrations in Irish Life. Book your family’s ticket now!