Vietnam Adoption in the News

May 11th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

1110330_new_magazinesIn the last blog, I posted that I had good news. This time I have even more news. It seems like the adoption relationship between the United States and Vietnam has been suspended so long with no end in sight. In 2008, this adoption relationship was not re-established after Vietnam joined the Hague Convention. The reason for the United States (and other countries) reluctance in this area was that a regulation table that would be acceptable to both parties was not reached. That has been the objective of Vietnam in the time since their succession to Hague. The recent news is that Vietnam has been the recipient of funds to encourage the development of their adoption program. These funds will support in country care of… [more]

I’ve Got Good News!

April 22nd, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

490932_newspaperI have NEWS!! I could not be more excited to let you know about the recent developments in the adoption program from Vietnam. There was a meeting scheduled on April 12, 2011 to discuss the administrative agreement that must be in place in order for adoptions from this country to re-open. The meeting was between the governmental officials in Vietnam and the Adoption Authority. In this meeting many issues were addressed but the biggest was whether the initial incidents that caused the US to pull out of the adoption relationship with Vietnam in 2008 had been rectified. The Adoption Authority said, "[they] will ensure that all of the 'very serious issues' that caused the suspension of adoptions from Vietnam are addressed before… [more]

Any News?

April 14th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption
Categories: News, Viet Nam, Waiting

1078767_waiting_2It seems that there are many people who have an avid interest in adopting from the country of Vietnam. As we wait for news of its re-opening, it seems fitting to deal with some of the issues that waiting can cause in the heart and minds of prospective parents. It is difficult to wait and seems that precious time is being wasted. Having adopted internationally and been through the waiting game, I feel that I can honestly say that time put into regulation and written procedure will bring a positive result. It may not seem like it but the wait will end and a strong, healthy adoptive relationship will be re-established. I cannot stress enough that this takes time, effort and cooperation. I… [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]

Vietnam

January 27th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption
Categories: News, Viet Nam, Waiting

855962_vietnamese_children_from_a_danag_villageLooking back into the adoption status of this country has wielded little. Though I stated in an earlier post that the new adoption law was to take effect in the beginning of January 2011, I can find no more information stating that it has. The most recent post by the  Joint Council dates back to July 2010. Again, this stresses that there is a lot of 'work' that must be completed between the United States and Vietnam in order for intercountry adoptions to re-open. Vietnam has to either become party to the Hague Convention or install a bilateral agreement with the United States. Hopefully, that is one the horizon... All of the work that Vietnam must do in order to re-open an adoption relationship… [more]

Make the Most of Your Wait: Nesting

September 21st, 2007
Categories: Waiting

Today's post goes hand in hand with my recent post about spending some time preparing your home during your wait between referral and travel. However, nesting is an interesting creature and I felt it deserved its very own little spotlight. The term “nesting” is most often used in relation to pregnant women who nest, or prepare their home for their babies while still in utero. I know first hand that nesting applies to all parents expecting a child, and as adoptive parents we deserve to revel in the preparatory nesting as much as the next person. Bird mommies and daddies prepare their nest for their new hatchlings as a survival mechanism as well as a means of comfort. For me, nesting was all about spending time… [more]

Make the Most of Your Wait: Prepare Your Home

September 20th, 2007
Categories: Waiting

Has your house never before been graced by the wandering hands of a curious toddler? Will this be your first experience having a child in your family or has it been some time since you’ve had a baby in the house? Regardless of your situation, the adoption process provides you with the opportunity to spend some time readying your house and learning about appropriate baby proofing techniques. Part of preparing your home, to me, includes preparing the animals that share your home. I wrote a post about helping your animals adjust to your new addition here, and know that many parents wish that they had given more thought to the changes that their animals would endure. Baby proofing has become its own industry, complete with… [more]

Make the Most of Your Wait: Educate Yourself

September 19th, 2007
Categories: Waiting

It’s virtually impossible to learn too much. When embarking into the world of adoption; especially for the first time, education is vital. To be the best parent you can be and help your child succeed, it is important to learn all you can about the adoption process and parenting your child. It is also a great idea to educate yourself about your child’s birth country, so you can share the information with them when they are old enough to understand. While you are waiting for that joyful day that you board the plane that will take you to your child, take some time to read, read, and read some more. In between reading, watch documentaries and movies and surf the internet to learn from others’ experiences. There… [more]

Make the Most of Your Wait: Make New Friends

September 18th, 2007
Categories: Waiting

After you receive your referral and send in your acceptance paperwork, everything in your world will change. You are no longer “adopting a child.” You are now adopting a specific child who has a name and a story and an adorable face and you can’t get to them for months. I remember that wait and it was not easy, but as you continue to wait for what seems like an endless period of time, try and focus on using your time constructively. I know, I know – easier said than done, but having something else to focus on really can help. Based on the feedback of transracial adoptees living in the US, it is extremely important to provide your child with opportunities to interact with members of their race. It would… [more]