The VietIrishSouth support group was founded in 2001 by Angelique, Helena and Miriam after they adopted their children from Vietnam.
The primary focus of the group is to organise events for parents and children to meet and to get to know each other and to keep the Vietnamese culture and traditions alive with our adopted children here in Ireland. It is also a great source of support for parents on their journey through the adoption process.
VietIrishSouth worked closely in the early days with the Adoption Board during the negotiations for the Bi-Lateral Agreement with Vietnam and in 2004, in recognition of the great work done by the founding members, funding was received from the Department of Health and Children.
VietIrishSouth took on a new lease of life in 2006. Angelique, Helena and Miriam decided to retire as committee members and a new committee was appointed. With the new committee also came a slight change of name – it was decided that VietIrishSouth would now become VietIrishSupport as the name better reflects what we do as a group.
Going forward into the future we hope to continue the fantastic work done by past committee members and build on the support, friendship and help that we as a growing family can share. The ‘Helping Hands Agency’ have been a great support to us and VietIrishSupport will continue to liaise with the Adoption Authority and the Mediation Agency for matters of interest to the group.
THE COMMITTEE (An Entirely Voluntary Organisation)
The VietIrishSupport Committee Members are as follows:
Chairperson – Roy Desmond
Secretary – Brenda Tagney
Treasurer – Brenda Collins
Facebook and Member Emails – Sabrina
Anne Burgoyne, Karen Doyle, Pauline O’ Riordan and Grainne Henry