September 30th, 2011
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527555_newspapers__2This morning, I come to you bearing news!

On the 21st of September a notice was released by the leadership in Ireland pertaining to the status of Vietnam in regard to signing the Hague Convention. It read: Vietnam ‘Ready to Sign up to Adoption Convention’  It has emerged that following discussions between the Irish and Vietnamese Authorities, Vietnam is preparing to ratify the Hague Convention on inter-country adoption. The international agreement, which Ireland signed last year, is a system of co-operation among countries ensuring that adoptions take place in the best interests of the children concerned. Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, who recently met the Vietnamese Ambassador, has expressed confidence that Vietnam will sign-up to the convention in the near future.

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This is great news. In order for adoption to re-open in any country that deals with Hague regulations, Vietnam must sign the agreement. How exciting to see that there is movement on this front. It seems that a lot of people have been waiting and watching- to no avail. I know that it is difficult to understand why adoption agreement movement in another country would excite me, as I am an American but I know that this is just the beginning of the establishment of an adoption relationship with many countries.

If you are interested in adopting from Vietnam, now is the time to start talking to a reputable agency. There are many who would be willing to offer you information in order for you to make the decision. Also as Vietnam moves closer to its re-opening, I would not be surprised if they begin to release information about children. Also, in order to boost your understanding of the process of international adoption, begin reading about other people’s journeys. There are many books, blogs and online chat rooms dedicated fully to this topic.

I know that the Joint Council, an organization that supports inter-country adoption, is holding a fundraiser in the month of October to [obviously] raise funds, heighten awareness and bring information to the people. You can check it out on their website. They have many ideas of how to be involved. This is something that anyone who is in the waiting phase of adoption can participate in. By participating, the connection with the adoption process will magnify.

Vietnam is currently closed but is looking to re-open in the near future. The country is working to join the Hague Convention to ensure the protection of the children.

~Angie
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