Looking with Hope to 2012

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

1315530_nha_trangIt seems fitting to close out 2011 with the Vietnam blog because of all the positive changes this adoption program has made in the past year. We have been following it as the adoption program began its ratification process. This is a major process that takes a rewrite of every aspect of the adoption laws and requirements, a legislative acceptance and an intercountry agreement- all of which take time, effort and finances. Vietnam has dedicated all of those to completing this ratification process for the safety of their children. I know that a lot of the legal work was complete in November but that does not automatically open the adoption doors. In order for the United States to re-open their adoption relationship… [more]

Vietnam Remains Closed

August 29th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

1338212_business_manIt seems like it has been a long time since I updated you on the status of adoption from Vietnam. It was a terrible disappointment to me to find no new information had surfaced in regard to the much anticipated re-opening of this adoption program. I have stated in past posts that Vietnam closed their adoption program in order to conform to Hague Convention regulations. They have not fully reached agreements with the countries that they share an adoption relationship with as of yet. Many governmental officials have been involved with the ratification process that Vietnam is working through- to ensure that all of the proper channels are being covered. Vietnam was slated to re-open as early as July of this year but… [more]

Direct From the Viet Nam Adoption Agencies’ Mouths

December 3rd, 2007

I am excited to be seeing a couple of places online that have recently been dedicated to letting Viet Nam adoption agencies speak about their practices and on their own behalf. There are now two websites that are tracking adoption agency information and as they continue to grow, will be indispensable resources for anyone thinking about adopting from Viet Nam and researching adoption agencies. The premise behind these projects is that the site owner contacted every adoption agency that is licensed in Viet Nam with a list of detailed questions. Each agency was informed that their answers would be posted online for public viewing and was encouraged to submit detailed, honest answers about their work in Viet Nam. What a great idea! The “Full Disclosure Project” is featured… [more]

Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Adoption Agency

November 20th, 2007

There are a lot of worried people in the Vietnamese adoption world that are unsure about how to really find out about an adoption agency. As I mentioned in my earlier post, some agencies have families who have been issued NOIDS (notice of intent to deny) and this has caused a sense of panic among PAPs (prospective adoptive parents.) It’s hard to know who to trust and which agencies are ethical, but we have the power to do as much research as possible and find answers to the tough questions. If you are researching or currently working with an adoption agency that you are unsure about, continue to dig for answers and follow your gut instincts. Here are some ideas of questions you may wish… [more]

How to Research Viet Nam Adoption Agencies

November 20th, 2007

The Viet Nam adoption community is going through a tough time right now. NOIDS (notice of intent to deny) have been issued, a province has been temporarily stopped from referring children for adoption, and there will be a summit held next Wednesday to address all of this. Now, more than ever, prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) are feeling lost and unsure as to how to find current, honest information about adoption agencies. It’s hard to know who to trust, especially when you’re receiving conflicting views of an agency. Here are some ideas about how to research adoption agencies.

Adoption Agencies Licensed in Viet Nam

October 19th, 2007

Due to the importance of working only with agencies that are licensed by Viet Nam to conduct Vietnamese adoptions, I’m once again listing the adoption agencies that are currently licensed. It seems that more and more non-licensed agencies are partnering up with or working under the umbrella of a licensed agency. If you are a prospective adoptive parent (PAP,) please, please, please do the research and only work with agencies that have been licensed to conduct adoptions in Viet Nam. Granted, that lovely license absolutely does not guarantee ethical or sound practices, so PAPs must be on their toes with their eyes and ears open. Here are some posts of mine about how to choose an adoption agency: How to Choose an Adoption Agency – part 1 How to

Current List of Licensed Adoption Agencies in Viet Nam

June 18th, 2007

Prospective adoptive parents now have 42 adoption agencies that have been licensed by the Vietnamese Government to choose from. They are:

  1. A.D.O.P.P.T Inc.: Phu Tho, Hung Yen, Ho Chi Minh City
  2. Adopt International: Ben Tre
  3. Adoption Center of Washington: Binh Thuan, Binh Duong
  4. Adoption from the Heart: Ho Chi Minh City
  5. Adoptions International Inc.: Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong
  6. Adoptions Together, Inc.: Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa
  7. Alliance for Children: Thua Thien Hue
  8. Americans for International Aids and Adoptions: An Giang
  9. Asian Children's Services and Vietnam Humanitarian Corp: Ha Tinh, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Thai Binh
  10. Carolina Adoption Services: Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Yen Bai
  11. Children's Home Society and Family Services (CHSFS)

Beware of Agency “Umbrella-ing”

June 13th, 2007

http://www.flickr.com/photos/17305559@N00/359824980/ There is talk going on in Viet Nam adoption circles about agencies who are claiming to have adoption programs in Viet Nam without holding a license from the Vietnamese government. Such agencies claim that they are working with / partnering with / or covered under the umbrella of a licensed agency. If you are thinking of working with an agency like this, it will be in the best interest of you and your future child to run in the opposite direction. Fast. Parents adopting from Viet Nam currently have 42 licensed agencies that they can choose to work with; there is no logical reason to not choose one of them. If the thought of illegal and unethical practices are not enough to scare… [more]

How To Choose An Ethical Adoption Agency

May 3rd, 2007

Choosing an agency to work with can be one of the hardest parts of the entire adoption process. As I have touched on before, it is extremely important to ensure that the agency you ultimately choose practices ethically. This means that children are legally relinquished or legitimately abandoned and no biological family members could be found; timelines are in order with the country’s procedures; fees paid by adoptive parents are in order with what the country specifies, and the agency properly documents all stages of the adoption process. Here are some signs that your agency is an ethical one:

  • They must be licensed by the Vietnamese Government. Some agencies are “umbrellaing” or working under the license of another agency. This should make you wonder why they are not licensed themselves

Red flags: What to look out for when choosing an adoption agency

January 25th, 2007

stop sign Choosing an adoption agency can be extremely stressful. It is an emotional and uncertain time in your life, and I want to help you lower your blinders and make decisions with your head; not just your heart. First off, it is very important to find out an agency’s policies regarding what will happen if you change your mind once you’ve signed on with them. Many agencies state that the amount of money that will be refunded if you decide to leave them depends on which step of their adoption process you are in. Red flags may not be raised until you are months into your adoption with an agency, so please take the time to find out this information. Here are some red flags: