I received an email from the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) this afternoon. It included an update on the Vietnam adoption situation. Vietnam recently sent a delegation to the US to “provide a forum for discussion on the Hague Convention and an interim adoption agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam. Joint Council and the delegation sought educational opportunities regarding U.S. child welfare and child protection systems. Overall, the delegations trip was a resounding success and a first step to any agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam regarding intercountry adoptions and the subsequent implementation of the Hague Convention by Vietnam. Joint Council urges all Members of Congress to support the timely development and implementation of an interim adoption agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam and to urge the Dept of State to accept Vietnam’s invitation to meet in Hanoi next month.”
I am so glad we are adopting from China now, as I’m sure we’d be very discouraged to see that it took 7 months for this first step to occur. The delegation will continue talks in May, but it is still likely to be a long process.
We hope to adopt again after Ai Li and our next child is likely in Vietnam. We won’t meet the financial requirements in order to adopt from China again, and we are still on our agency’s waiting list for Vietnam. I often wonder if our third child is already alive in Vietnam, and we pray that adoptions would resume soon.