August 16th, 2007
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Categories: Family Interviews


I am really excited to share this series of interviews with you! Over the past couple of months I have been working on interviewing four families who have all recently completed a Vietnamese adoption. When would be prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) come to me with questions about adopting from Viet Nam and agencies, I always encourage them to speak with families who have recently adopted to get their first hand perspectives. It is my hope that these interviews will help PAPs learn more about adopting from Viet Nam and give adoptive parents some reading to make them feel nostalgic :) I am beginning the series today and it will continue for the rest of this month. These interviews are all about sharing information and experiences from different points of view; there is so much to learn from one another!


The families you will be reading about are varied; they have worked with different agencies, traveled to different areas of Viet Nam, and had different experiences, but all were gracious enough to share their stories and pass on their tips and advice to all of you. The answers to my questions are all in their own words. I will be starting today with introductions and will continue with topics such as choosing an agency, travel and attachment issues. To make the interviews easy to follow I have broken them down by topic so you can easily reference them later. Happy reading!

Here is a little about each family who you will be reading about this week:

The Engelbrecht Family (blog)– Sarah (24) and Seth (31)-married for 2 1/2 years, Sienna adopted from Viet Nam in Nov 2006 when she was 7 months old

Christina (blog)- My husband and I have been married for 14 years. We have 4 children: K~ who is 12 and A~ who is 10 were both homegrown. R~ is six and was born in Cambodia. We adopted her in February 2002 when she was about 7 months old. Zeeb is 4 and was born in Vietnam. We adopted him at the end of October 2006 when he was 3 ½ years old.

The Mynes Family – Our family consists of Chris (the daddy), Tracy (the mommy) & Leland (the kiddo). We adopted Leland on June 30th 2006. We live in northeastern PA with our 2 dogs & cat.

The Micheline Family (blog) – There are three of us- Me (Chel): 33, mom, jewelry designer, Tom, 40, the awesome dad, software engineer, Gracie, 21 months (born 10/20/05 in Danang, home in July 2006) all-around amazing little girl

next…”Deciding on a Country”

Related Reading:
How to Connect With Other Adoptive Families
Adoption Support

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