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]

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]

Book Review: Happy Adoption Day!

October 19th, 2007
Categories: Adoption Related

A few days before our official first Family Day, Ella’s Aunt Kellie and Uncle Adam stopped by with a special Family Day gift for her. Not only is it sweet and touching that they remembered, but those two always go out of their way to find appropriate, unique, special gifts for their niece. This occasion was no exception. When Ella unwrapped her gift, it was a copy of John McCutcheon’s book “Happy Adoption Day!” I don’t know how they seem to find adoption related books and items that I’ve never seen before, but they do! I hadn’t read McCutcheon’s book before and quickly realized that I absolutely loved it and am so very glad that it’s now part of our library. What I like best about this… [more]

Book Review: Be My Baby

October 18th, 2007
Categories: Adoption Related

I enjoyed reading “Be My Baby: Parents and Children Talk About Adoption” by Gail Kinn with photographs by Ken Shung. I came across it while browsing through the adoption books section at my library, checked it out and read it in only a couple of hours after Ella had gone to bed. I would liken this book to a coffee table book of sorts. The reading is light, the subject is familiar and comfortable to me, the photographs are gorgeous and it’s broken up into small, easily digestible segments. I love books like this! You could easily read a section or two at a time and come back to it much later. Kinn is an adoptive aunt and was inspired to create this book out of curiosity about… [more]

Book Review: Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

September 24th, 2007
Categories: Adoption Related

A book that is often recommended reading for prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) and adoptive parents alike is Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adopted Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge. As an adoptee herself, the author is able to share her personal experiences and offer advice on how to best act as an adoptive parent. This book is an excellent primer to get your mind thinking about parenting choices and how to best help your child adjust. It’s also a good piece of reference material that you can come back to as your child grows and hits different stages and their needs change. As with any piece of literature, take it with a grain of salt. Many parents are put off or scared at first by the… [more]

Book Review: Danielle, Where Are You?

July 23rd, 2007

danielle where are you As Vietnamese adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents (PAPs,) we are lucky to have so many books to choose from to help our children understand their adoption and their birth country. Danielle, Where Are You? by Cindy Roberts is especially relevant today because Danielle’s parents headed to Viet Nam after their Chinese adoption fell through. There are many, many families currently in this same situation, as I wrote about here, but all of us involved in Viet Nam adoption will find similarities to our own adoption experiences in this adorable book. Danielle, Where are You?’s target audience is children adopted from Viet Nam. I love the bright, crisp illustrations and they will surely attract young readers. The story is straight… [more]

Book Review: It’s Okay To Be Different

July 20th, 2007

different Earlier this week I did a review of Todd Parr’s The Family Book, and wanted to continue to shine a spotlight on his work with a review of It’s Okay To Be Different. I am a big fan of all his books, but this one is especially perfect for transracial adoptive families. Kids will see faces of different colors and people with different features, and see that they are all smiling and confident in themselves. One of the phrases that jumped right out at me (of course!) is “It’s okay to be adopted.” Parr seems to have such a good grasp on the adoption community and makes sure to include adopted kiddos in his books. In It’s Okay To Be Different, our kids will… [more]

Book Review: The Family Book

July 18th, 2007

family book Todd Parr’s The Family Book is one of the books that my husband and I purchased while we were waiting for our travel date to head to Viet Nam and adopt Ella. I was instantly drawn to the bright colors, happy drawings and most importantly, the message that’s conveyed through the words and pictures. The people and animals in this book are all different colors, shapes and sizes to emphasize that we are all different, and those differences are to be celebrated. Many different kinds of families are represented (one parent, same sex parents, families that have members who look different from each other, families formed by adoption.) The book’s main message is that although families may look different from the outside… [more]

Book Review-Finding Katherine

April 18th, 2007

finding katherine book vietnam adoption I bought Finding Katherine a few weeks before we were leaving to get Ella with the intentions of saving it to read on the plane. Well, that was a silly intention since I devoured the whole thing within a few days of purchasing it! I was adoption memoir hungry and was absolutely entranced with Ellen Fitzenrider’s journey to bring home her daughter from Viet Nam. As I waited for my travel date, Fitzenrider let me experience the Viet Nam that she lived. As much as this book is a personal adoption memoir, it is also a beautiful illustration of the culture, food, people and religion of Viet Nam. Her writing style is so descriptive and clear that I felt as… [more]