A Caution

February 29th, 2012
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption
Categories: News, US News, Viet Nam News

1307437_cautionThis is probably the most watched of all the countries that I blog about so imagine my surprise when I did a little digging and found a very important [missed] announcement. It appears that back in late January/early February a notice was released regarding adoption from this country. This is what the Joint Council released regarding this specific notice: The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions on February 1, 2012, when the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force there. Despite Vietnam's initiatives to strengthen its child welfare system and ensure the integrity of its domestic and international adoption process, it does not yet have a fully Hague compliant process… [more]

Movement Toward Ratification

September 30th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption

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. This is great… [more]

Any News?

April 14th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption
Categories: News, Viet Nam, Waiting

1078767_waiting_2It seems that there are many people who have an avid interest in adopting from the country of Vietnam. As we wait for news of its re-opening, it seems fitting to deal with some of the issues that waiting can cause in the heart and minds of prospective parents. It is difficult to wait and seems that precious time is being wasted. Having adopted internationally and been through the waiting game, I feel that I can honestly say that time put into regulation and written procedure will bring a positive result. It may not seem like it but the wait will end and a strong, healthy adoptive relationship will be re-established. I cannot stress enough that this takes time, effort and cooperation. I… [more]


January 27th, 2011
Posted By: on Viet Nam Adoption
Categories: News, Viet Nam, Waiting

855962_vietnamese_children_from_a_danag_villageLooking back into the adoption status of this country has wielded little. Though I stated in an earlier post that the new adoption law was to take effect in the beginning of January 2011, I can find no more information stating that it has. The most recent post by the  Joint Council dates back to July 2010. Again, this stresses that there is a lot of 'work' that must be completed between the United States and Vietnam in order for intercountry adoptions to re-open. Vietnam has to either become party to the Hague Convention or install a bilateral agreement with the United States. Hopefully, that is one the horizon... All of the work that Vietnam must do in order to re-open an adoption relationship… [more]

Faces of America

March 12th, 2010
Posted By: on Adoptee

world_map Over the past month I watched Faces of America on PBS. The show was hosted by Henry Louis Gates and researched the family histories of numerous celebrities such as Stephen Colbert, Yoyo Ma and Louise Erdrich. I found the series so interesting. As a history lover this  show was right up my alley.  It is so amazing to reflect on why people came to this country, the sacrifices they made, the bravery it took to walk into the unknown. I really wonder if most of us today could be this brave. The series included stories of internment camps, draft riots during the civil war and settlers who came to what is now Texas long before it was

Traveling Home from Viet Nam

December 5th, 2007

Now that you have had your Giving and Receiving Ceremony and have spent a couple of weeks in Viet Nam, your child’s visa will be issued and you will all be free to fly home! Traveling home with an infant, toddler or child will be a unique experience, and has the potential to be lovely and shockingly easy or so horrid and difficult that you will wonder how you can arrange it to just stay in Viet Nam. Now that your hands will be occupied with a child and all their paraphernalia, try to check as much luggage as possible. It’s very easy to buy luggage in Hanoi if you need more space. When you pack your carry on bags, try to think of the worst… [more]

Deciding to Adopt From Viet Nam

November 26th, 2007

This post is #2 in the series of posts that will take you step by step through the process of adopting a child from Viet Nam. After you have made the decision to adopt a child, you’ll next have to decide where that child will be from. Assuming that you have already decided that an international adoption is for you, you will next need to ask yourself what country you would like to adopt from. Have you always had your heart set on adopting from a certain part of the world? Do you qualify to adopt from the country that is your first choice? Countries have their own set of requirements regarding adoptive parents. Age, sexual orientation, length of marriage, health issues and number of children in the home can all be… [more]

Home Study Office Visit Completed!

November 8th, 2007

We are now officially one step closer to completing our homes study update, and another step closer to our daughter. Today my husband and I traveled to our home study agency’s office for our in office visit. It went extremely well and I’m excited that this step is done and we can move forward from here. The meeting was relatively short and pleasant. I am extremely relieved to hear that all our paperwork is in order and looks good. We’re still waiting on one reference letter to be turned in and I need to send in one financial statement, but other than that, we’re done! The paperwork is the hard part of the home study, and the actual home visit requires no real preparation, so I really appreciate being able to… [more]

Product recommendations – adjustable fleece pouch

October 12th, 2007
Categories: Products

As I dream of traveling and am going over my packing lists and starting to think about what I will pack for our trip to Ethiopia to get Solomon, I thought it would be a fun idea to start doing some product reviews and recommendations on things I have on my packing lists. Today I am going to recommend this awesome fleece pouch from Kangaroo Korner. I have been a believer in slings and carriers for a long time, and I believe that with newly adopted babies and toddlers they are an excellent tool to promote bonding. Being able to carry your child safely and securely and also having your hands free is a wonderful thing! In 11+ years of parenting we have tried out a whole bunch of… [more]

We’re Adopting Again!!!

October 9th, 2007

Get ready Viet Nam…we’re coming back!!! And we are so excited! We actually made our decision a few months ago, but I wanted to wait until the ball really got rolling until I shouted the news from the blog mountaintop. So here it is: We are adopting again! Here’s how this all came to be…a few months after we returned home with Ella, we learned that our agency Asian Children Services was phasing out their adoption program to focus on their humanitarian work in Viet Nam. I was absolutely crushed. Granted, we had only just gotten home, were not anywhere near the point of thinking about adopting again, but my gut reaction to the news made it clear that I was already sure that we would… [more]