Adoption 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 horrific stories that are coming out of other countries adoption programs, a little time of waiting seems like a small price to pay for the regulation and confidence that will result from the application of the convention regulation and statutes. This is a great step for the international adoption relationship between United States and Vietnam. When a mutual agreement is forged, trust can form on both sides and the relationship is strengthen. This strengthening will result in a long, healthy partnership. Aside from the personal desire to adopt, this strength of relationship must be our goal because it opens the door for other adoptions to occur.
As you wait, read up on the country of Vietnam. Learn their culture and as much about the country as possible. There are many books available. Check out my previous post which offered some suggested reading about the history of adoption between Vietnam and United States. Also there are a lot of books about the child end of adoption. Your local library should be able to help you out. Bury yourself into learning about Vietnam adoption, past and present, then before you know it the country will re-open to adoption. I’ll bring more information as I receive it. Until then, hang in there.