July 20th, 2011
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1110515_boardroomThe country of Vietnam continues to work toward re-opening their program. In June of 2010 the Vietnamese legislature passed a new law which took effect on January 1, 2011. This law is under continual revision and is delaying the programs desired result of accepting new applicants. All of the legislative work is the result of the signing of the Hague convention on the part of Vietnam which occurred on December 7, 2010. At this time Vietnam expressed its intent to ratify their convention status in July 2011 and fully become ‘party to’ it in November, 2011.

This does not mean that the adoption relationship with the United States would automatically re-open. In order to become adoptive partners again- the United States Central Authority must evaluate whether the adoption legislation and requirements for adopting a child from Vietnam meet the standards established by the convention and the US International Adoption Act.

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This is good news for prospective adoptive parents who are interested in Vietnam. There are still many legal hoops that must be jumped through though changes have been made. The country of Vietnam is working their rewriting of the adoption program through its necessary steps. The United States is aware of the status of the adoption program and is working on their end to prepare for to meet with Vietnam when they are fully ratified.

While you are waiting for more information consider reading materials about other people’s adoption experiences. The information found in these materials will allow for a better understanding of the adoption process but will also lend a new dimension of understanding on the country of Vietnam, the people and circumstances. This will probably assist in the later adoption process the most.

Vietnam has been a long-standing adoption partner. It is with great relief for many that they are working to become an valid adoption partner through the Hague Convention- this will solidify their adoption relationships with many countries. As other countries are moving away from intercountry adoption, Vietnam desires to remain. The children who will be available for adoption from Vietnam are healthy. The housing is well maintained. And the program will be regulated within the structure of the Hague Convention. Continue to watch Vietnam as they are working to re-open their adoption program in the near future. If you need more information, contact a reputable adoption agency. They will be able to give you a better look into the timeline that this country is following.

~Angie
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