It is always difficult to track the progress of a country that is not open. This is the case for Vietnam and the United States. Though Vietnam is open in other countries- the adoption partnership between them and the US is still in limbo. This can be very frustrating for those who are waiting to adopt from this country. There is not much that one can do while their program is in a holding pattern other than to wait, research and wait some more. This can get tiresome after waiting for over 2 years for this country to re-open its adoption program. I have no doubt that many of you have read me say those exact words so many times that you are thinking, “Give me something new.”
I cannot do that this month but have heard rumors that changes are coming for this program. Does that allow you a glimmer of hope? In the next few months, much of the work toward Hague certification will reach its completion and we (the adoption community) will see the results. Hopefully this rumor is true so that this program can move forward. The good news is that when Vietnam does re-open they will be a stronger adoption partner. They are working to place themselves in the position to have a long-standing adoption relationship with the United States. With a history as long and rich as these two countries have, it will be worth the wait.
The hardest part of where we are is the waiting. What is the average person supposed to do while they wait? I think that researching the country is one of the best ways to use the time. If you spend time figuring out the culture, people and issues that you could face when adopting from Vietnam, you will find that you are better prepared to complete the actual adoption. Having been through an international adoption myself, I can honestly say that I knew nothing about what to expect. That multiplied the time it took to deal with the issues and feel comfortable in my new role. In hindsight, I wish I would have spent the time researching. It is truly a gift that you can give yourself.
At this point, Vietnam is closed for adoption with the United States. They are open with other countries but have not come to a Hague Convention agreement with the US. This is being worked on currently.