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]

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]

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]

Book Review-When You Were Born in Vietnam

April 3rd, 2007

vietnamborninbook When You Were Born in Vietnam by Therese Bartlett with photographs by William Bartlett is a lovely hardcover book that can really help open up the lines of communication between you and your child. And if we have anything in common, it'll make you want to either hop on the next flight to Viet Nam or start to update your home study papers :)The author and photographer are the parents of two kids from Viet Nam, so they really have a firm grasp on the emotions behind a Vietnamese adoption. The story line is beautifully simple and touching; with the author speaking as a parent talking directly to her child. One of my favorite parts is when she tells her child that… [more]

Book Review-Ten Mice for Tet

February 10th, 2007

ten mice for tet Tet Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill, illustrations by To Ngic Trang, embroidery by Pham Viet Dinh Ten Mice for Tet is a beautiful hardcover book that I know will be read often as Ella gets older. We bought this book before we even received our referral, and it helped my husband and I become more familiar with the Vietnamese New Year celebration. It’s the only children’s book about Tet that I have found so far; luckily, I think it’s wonderful! The book follows the story of ten different mice in Viet Nam preparing for and celebrating Tet. It is as much a counting book as it is a book about Tet. It begins with “One mouse plans… [more]