Vietnam Still Working

September 30th, 2012
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

1182879_woman_writing_in_the_agendaIt seems as though Vietnam is always my last stop on my whirlwind blogging tour around the globe. I have no other explanation than to say that perhaps I save the best for last? Vietnam appears to be making no movement on re-opening their adoption program to the United States. This is very heart-breaking for those who have been waiting for this to occur. Their latest announcement stated that the United States had stopped adoptions from this country because of the lack of certification on the part of Vietnam. I do know that Vietnam is working to fulfill the agreement that was put into place between them and the United States. Many times, this agreement requires a complete overhaul of the program including… [more]

No Clear Date

October 31st, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

770847_school_The adoption program from the country of Vietnam has been under the watchful eye of prospective adoption parents for awhile- many are waiting for its re-opening to occur. A notice was released in September (but posted on October 17, 2011) restating the past statistics of when Vietnam began the ratification process, when various goals were met and the desired date for the adoption relationship to be re-established. Unfortunately, the re-opening that was slated to occur in the 'near future' has been pushed to 'there is no clear date.' This can be very frustrating and disheartening for the prospective adoption parent because of the lack of apparent movement and the fact that there are still many steps that must be completed for the adoption program to… [more]

Vietnam Remains Closed

March 13th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

1332728_waitingAt this point, there is so little information available on Vietnam adoption that it is difficult to up date you. I know that Vietnam has been working on its Hague Convention Certification. In order for that to be fulfilled, both Vietnam and the United States have to come to a bilateral agreement. It is an difficult process and takes time and negotiation. I did track down information that pointed to fraudulent behavior at one point between Vietnam and another country [not US.] The allegations were that thirteen children were placed for adoption when they should not have been. I would guess this case caused the move toward Hague status to ensure that there are no future occurrences such as this one. There was talk of… [more]

Looking to Adopt From Vietnam?

February 28th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

1326750_na_drang_beach_cooking_serviceAdoption from the country of Vietnam continues to be 'closed for renovations', if you will. Several years ago, amidst severe allegations of corruption, Vietnam chose to join the Hague Convention. The Hague Convention is Convention Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. It is a regulated approach to adoption that works toward the elimination of fraud, abuse and corruption. This convention was put into place for international adoption to protect the children who were involved, the parents of those children and the adoptive family on the other end. As Vietnam and the United States work toward this goal, those of you who desire to adopt from this country are left waiting. Take heart in your wait. With some of the… [more]

Researching the History of Adoption From Vietnam

February 17th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

1195993_learn_english_1The country of Vietnam remains closed for adoption at this time. As stated in earlier posts, Vietnam is working with the United States to come to resolutions that are acceptable to each country. If you are interested in adopting from this country this is the perfect time to do a little research. I know, I am always saying to research. I have admitted in previous posts that I actually enjoy that part of any project so my natural inclination is to believe that everyone does. I have done a little bit of leg work for you and have a couple lists of books that are pertinent to adoption from Vietnam. Check these materials out. This is an abbreviated list of children's books. There are many available… [more]

Adoption Newsletters

December 22nd, 2007

Earlier today I posted about the print and online adoption magazines that are available for us adoptive families. There are also some wonderful adoption newsletters out there that I have enjoyed reading. The first is written for Viet Nam adoptive families and the second and third cover international and transracial adoption, but not solely. Happy reading! I love Chao Ban! It is a quarterly print newsletter devoted solely to adoptions from Viet Nam. The cultural information included is wonderful: recipes, activities and information about holidays and the like. You will read about parenting, current events in Viet Nam adoption, product reviews and happenings in the Vietnamese American community. While we were waiting to travel to adopt Ella I purchased their compilation of the past two years’ issues and… [more]

Adoption Magazines

December 22nd, 2007

I absolutely love my “Adoptive Families” magazineo spread the word about them and sing their praises. Ella’s grandma gifted us a subscription about a year ago and I have loved every single episode. As the title states, this magazine is all about adoption and adoptive families. They cover all kinds of adoption and stay on top of current events in the adoption world. There are also regular parenting adopted kids features that I have found very helpful. I don’t often have time to read a book all the way through, so I covet the minutes I can spend reading an article that actually applies to me and my family. Some Borders Books Stores and Barnes and Nobles carry “Adoptive Families,” but they usually only get in… [more]

TV Programs About Adoption

December 21st, 2007

With many people having an extended break from school and work this upcoming week, I thought I would write about some upcoming television shows that deal with adoption. If you have some free time or need an excuse to sit down and relax for a little bit, check out these programs:

  • I hadn’t heard of CBS’ “A Home for the Holidays” television special until I read about it in Erin’s Transracial Adoption blog a few weeks ago. I made a note to myself to try and catch it, but forgot until I was thumbing through my local paper this morning. Tonight at 8pm CBS will be airing their “A Home for the Holidays” adoption program. It’s the ninth year they’ve done it and

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and Adoption

November 12th, 2007

Remember “The Bear Necessities” and the cute cartoon animals that made up Disney’s film “The Jungle Book”? Well, Ella’s grandma rummaged around to find my old childhood copy of it this morning thinking Ella would love the songs. After fast forwarding through most of it and watching a few songs, I turned it off. I was shocked by what I saw, now watching it through different eyes. The first shot of the movie is of baby Mowgli lying in a basket inside a boat that had apparently been damaged. It is immediately assumed that he has been orphaned and is taken in by a caring panther who quickly finds an adoptive family for Mowgli. The wolf mom and dad with their new brood of cubs quickly… [more]

Viet Nam Adoption Documentary for Adoption Awareness Month

November 6th, 2007

It’s exciting to see that National Adoption Awareness Month is being promoted nationwide. I have seen advertisements in my local newspaper, invitations to events being held by local adoption agencies, commercials on television and banners on various websites. Earlier today I was online and noticed a side banner for a series of documentaries on adoption produced by the Hallmark Channel. I was interested, so I clicked on it and wouldn’t you know it; they had an episode about a couple who adopted from Viet Nam. Using positive, uplifting stories to spread awareness about adoption is a wonderful thing in my book. I just watched the Viet Nam documentary and was so touched by it. Seeing the sights and hearing the sounds of Viet Nam, and above… [more]