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Adoptive parents left in limbo

FRUSTRATION is growing among at least 30 Clare prospective adoptive parents, who are in an agonising limbo about adopting a child from Vietnam, following the unexpected suspension of an adoption bilateral agreement last May.A number of couples are also facing a dramatic race against time as clearance, following a lengthy assessment process over a number of years, only lasts for six months. As previously advised by the Vietnamese authorities, no new applications have been accepted by that country since April 1 last.In an exclusive interview with The Clare Champion, a North Clare mother has revealed the heartbreak being experienced by Clare couples trying to adopt a first or second child from Vietnam.Noreen Forde and her husband, Joseph, who are waiting to adopt a second child from Vietnam, have appealed to the Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, for a clear definitive statement about whether or not the previous bilateral agreement will be extended.Like 350 other couples nationwide, the couple have been …

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