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USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Vietnam

February 8, 2012 From USCIS: Released Feb. 2, 2011 Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate … Continue reading

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Vietnam Adoption Notice – U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam

February 3, 2012 From the US Department of State: Vietnam February 2012 Notice: U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions in Vietnam on February 1, … Continue reading

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U.S. Not To Resume Adoption With Vietnam

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Notice confirming that the U.S. will not resume intercountry adoption with Vietnam.  The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption went into force in Vietnam on February 1, 2012 however the Department of State … Continue reading

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Families bring Vietnamese orphans home following three year fight

January 9, 2012 From Fox 59 (Indiana): A time of celebration, tears of joy, and indescribable emotion. Wednesday, two central Indiana families got their miracle, years in the making. Three years ago, three Indiana couples thought they were months away … Continue reading

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Vietnam: US Department of State Adoption Notice – Vietnam ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention

November 15, 2011 From the US Department of State: Vietnam November 2011 Notice: Vietnam ratifies the Hague Adoption Convention The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force in Vietnam on … Continue reading

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Irish adoptions from Vietnam to resume

November 15, 2011 From the Irish Times: Vietnam has ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, allowing Irish couples to adopt children from the country once more. The ratification will come into force on February 1st. Until 2009, adoptions into Ireland from … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Notice from the US Embassy in Vietnam

September 27, 2011 From The Embassy of the United States, Hanoi, Vietnam: General Information The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Adoptions between the United States and Vietnam expired on September 1, 2008. Intercountry adoption from Vietnam to the U.S. is … Continue reading

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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. Read more here.

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U.S. Supports UNICEF Child Adoption Program in Vietnam

The following Press Release has been issued by the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam regarding U.S. government support of a UNICEF Child Adoption Program in Vietnam.  The press release can also be viewed on their website by clicking here. The United … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Adoption Deal Unlikely Until Concerns Resolved

04/12/2011 Conall Ó Fátharta of the Irish Examiner discusses adoption in Vietnam. Read the full article below or follow this link. Vietnam adoption deal unlikely until concerns resolved By Conall Ó Fátharta Tuesday, April 12, 2011 THE Adoption Authority will … Continue reading

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Ambassador Jacobs Travels to Cambodia and Vietnam

The US Department of State has issued the following statement regarding Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs visit to Cambodia and Vietnam. Since joining the Office of Children’s Issues, Ambassador Jacobs has been a tireless advocate traveling to … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Adoptions From Vietnam

7/28/2010 A New Notice from the Department of State: Intercountry adoption is not possible from Vietnam at this time. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should not seek or accept new (or potential) adoption referrals from Vietnam until an … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Hosted Delegation

5/6/2009 Joint Council had the great honor of hosting a eight member delegation of Vietnamese officials and legal experts from March 24th through April 2nd, 2009. The delegation was lead by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Justice and was made up … Continue reading

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Vietnam: JCICS Hosts Delegation of Vietnamese Officials and Legal Experts

5/6/09 Joint Council had the great honor of hosting a eight member delegation of Vietnamese officials and legal experts from March 24th through April 2nd, 2009. The delegation was lead by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Justice and was made up … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Registration of Vietnam Adoptions

5/1/2009 U.S. citizens are not able to register a new adoption in Vietnam at this time. The Government of Vietnam has stated its intention to introduce new adoption legislation and to institute reforms in the adoption process, and has indicated … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Intentions to Introduce New Adoption Legislation Halts Intercountry Adoption

5/1/09 U.S. citizens are not able to register a new adoption in Vietnam at this time. The Government of Vietnam has stated its intention to introduce new adoption legislation and to institute reforms in the adoption process, and has indicated … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council to Host Delegation

3/17/2009 As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative, we are honored to host a 9-member delegation from Vietnam from March 24 th through April 2nd. The delegation, led by Vice-Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, will attend the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council International Relations Initiative

3/17/09 As part of the Joint Council International Relations Initiative, we are honored to host a 9-member delegation from Vietnam from March 24 th through April 2nd. The delegation, led by Vice-Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, will attend the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Updates Regarding Second Referrals

3/3/09 The Department of Adoption, Ministry of Justice in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, confirms that it has carefully reviewed the US Government’s request to permit second referrals in cases where the referral was lost for reasons beyond the control … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Participants Vietnam Call To Action

1/13/2009 Joint Council thanks the individuals who participated in our Vietnam Call to Action from January 5th through 9th. The final list of  senators and representatives who signed Senator Landrieu and Coleman’s letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Janice Jacobs Recent Visit to Vietnam

2/12/2009 Please read the article from Thanh Nien News detailing Janice Jacobs’ (the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Consular Affairs) recent visit to Vietnam.

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Vietnam: Janice Jacob’s Recent Visit to Vietnam

2/12/09 Please read the article from Thanh Nien News detailing Janice Jacobs’ (the Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Consular Affairs) recent visit to Vietnam.

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Vietnam: Joint Council Thanks Participants of the Vietnam Call to Action

1/13/09 Joint Council thanks the individuals who participated in our Vietnam Call to Action from January 5th through 9th. The final list of senators and representatives who signed Senator Landrieu and Coleman’s letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Position Paper on Vietnam

12/23/2008 Joint Council has released a Position Paper on Vietnam supporting the efforts of U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Norm Coleman, requesting that Congressional representatives sign a letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Position Paper

12/23/08 Joint Council has released a Position Paper on Vietnam supporting the efforts of U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Norm Coleman, requesting that Congressional representatives sign a letter intended for Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This letter … Continue reading

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Vietnam: How to Support the Continuation of Intercountry Adoption

12/18/08 Senators Landrieu and Coleman, along with other Members of Congress, are continuing to show their support of ensuring every child’s right to a permanent, safe, and loving family. As part of their commitment, they will be forwarding a letter … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Formal Negotiations Between the US and Vietnam Postponed

10/27/08 On October 13th Joint Council announced its understanding that formal negotiations between the Governments of Vietnam and the United States regarding an interim Memorandum of Understanding were scheduled in the coming weeks. It is now our understanding that these … Continue reading

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Vietnam: US and Vietnam Joint Statement

10/16/08 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) have issued a joint statement with the government of Vietnam announcing that the processing of new adoption cases will not resume until both countries sign a … Continue reading

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Vietnam: State Department Announcement Regarding Adoption of Children with Special Needs

10/15/08 The U.S. Department of State has issued an announcement in cooperation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Government of Vietnam, regarding the adoption of children with Special Needs by U.S. citizens from Vietnam. In summary, the announcement … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Preliminary Results of Joint Council’s 2008 Survey of Vietnam Families

10/14/08 Preliminary results from Joint Council’s August, 2008 survey of Vietnam families show that prior to the closure of adoptions on September 1, 2008, over 900 families were in the process of adopting from Vietnam. According to the results, families … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Portion of Law Governing Special Needs Adoptions Released

10/14/08 Joint Council has released a portion of the Vietnamese law governing Special Needs Adoptions. The decree in its entirety can be found here. ON JULY 21, 2006, DECREE NO. 69/2006/ND-CP, AMENDING DECREE NO. 68/2002/ND-CP, WAS PASSED INTO LAW. PARAGRAPH … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Position Statement on Special Needs and Waiting Children

10/10/08 A Position Statement from Joint Council on International Children’s Services: Vietnam’s Special Needs and Waiting Children On September 1, 2008, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on international adoption between the United States and Vietnam expired. The cessation of this … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Negotiations Toward a New Agreement on Intercountry Adoption

9/8/08 Following our update of September 1, 2008, it is Joint Council’s understanding that the Government of Vietnam has issued a formal diplomatic note to the United States Government naming a high ranking Vietnamese official as Vietnam’s lead negotiator and … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Intercountry Adoption Suspended Until New MOA is Signed

9/1/08 Today, September 1, 2008, the current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the United States and Vietnam expires. As a result, intercountry adoption is effectively suspended until a new MOA is signed and implemented by both countries. Joint Council sees … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Update on Tu Du Hospital

8/19/08 The Department of State has released an update on Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City relating to to the documentation of children born there. The full release follows: Documentation related to intercountry adoption of children born at … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Summary of Joint Council’s Vietnam Survey Initiative

8/14/08 Joint Council thanks all families currently in the adoption process with Vietnam who completed the Vietnam Survey. Survey results are still being compiled but will be posted once the results have been assessed. Following is a summary of this … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Response from Department of State to Congress Letter

8/11/08 Joint Council has received the response issued by the Department of State to the Members of the United States Congress who signed the letter to Secretary Rice in support of a new MOA. A copy of the release can … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Congressional Briefing Scheduled- Call to Action

7/30/08 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption has invited the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct a briefing of Congressional staff on issues related to intercountry adoption in Vietnam, Guatemala along with … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Participates in Congressional Briefing on International Children Services

7/29/08 On Friday, July 26, 2008, Joint Council participated in a briefing of over 60 Congressional offices on issues related to international children’s services with particular attention to intercountry adoption in Vietnam and Guatemala. The panel presented varying perspectives on … Continue reading

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Vietnam: VietNamNet Bridge Article on Hague Convention

7/28/08 As reported in the VietNamNet Bridge, on July 25, the Vietnam National Assembly discussed Vietnam’s participation in the Hague Convention. The article reports that the Ministry of Justice suggested that the country establish a specific office to implement the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Department of State Announcement on the Suspension of Dossier Acceptance

7/21/08 The U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) has posted an announcement regarding the suspension of dossier acceptance by the government of Vietnam on July 1, 2008, and the planned suspension of referrals on September 1, 2008. This announcement, found … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Letter to Secretary Rice Receives 149 Signatures

7/9/08 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the letter to Secretary Rice in support of the recommendations in A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam received a total of 149 signatories. It was signed by 92 members of the House, … Continue reading

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Vietnam: President Bush and Vietnamese Prime Minister Meet

6/26/08 On June 24th, 2008, President Bush and the Vietnamese Prime Minister met at the White House for the fourth bilateral exchange in four years. Both leaders stated their commitment to a strong relationship moving forward and constructive cooperation on … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Status on Letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice

6/23/08 Joint Council is pleased to announce that the letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to Secretary Rice regarding intercountry adoption and child protection in Vietnam has received over 130 Congressional signatures. Given the visit to the United States … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council’s Child’s Right Campaign

6/18/08 Joint Council’s Child’s Right Campaign has been well received, and the letter to Secretary Rice, advocating for a new MOU for Vietnam, is now circulating to all of the congressional offices. Joint Council is asking families to call their … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council to Lead Delegation

6/13/2008 In advancing our advocacy for every child’s right to a permanent, safe and loving family, Joint Council will lead a delegation to Vietnam on June 17, 2008. The delegation is a collaborative effort and includes: Tom DiFilipo of Joint … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Department of State Annonuncement

06/11/2008 The Department of State has released the following statement: The Government of Vietnam has been unable to comply with the 2005 Agreement as planned, and cases have frequently been tainted by corruption due to weaknesses in the Vietnamese adoption … Continue reading

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Vietnam: A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam

05/21/2008 Joint Council is pleased to announce A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam. Please join us on June 2nd by contacting Members of Congress and urging them to join the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chairs and sign their letter to … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Letter from COA

04/1/2008 The Council on Accreditation recently submitted a letter to Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO of Joint Council, regarding the rolling nature of Hague Accreditation specific to Vietnam. Please click here to view a copy of the letter.

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Vietnam: Joint Council Presents Vietnam Standards of Practcie

03/07/2008 This week Joint Council had the honor of presenting the Joint Council Vietnam Standards of Practice to the Vietnam Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and to the United States Embassy in Hanoi. … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council’s Position Regarding Vietnam

03/07/2008 The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is pleased to clarify Joint Council’s position regarding the current Vietnam negotiations, specific to an earlier post issued on March 7, 2008: Joint Council continues to advocate for all JCICS member … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Release of Standards of Practice

2/14/2008 Joint Council is pleased to formally announce the release of our Standards of Practice for Vietnam. In addition to the formal Standards, Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO of Joint Council has issued an official summary of the document. In … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Warning Regarding Adoptions

1/29/2008 The U.S. Department of State has issued a warning regarding adoptions in Vietnam as well as a press release which further addresses their concerns. 

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Vietnam:Timeline for Finalization of Vietnam Standards of Practice

1/3/2008 The timeline regarding the finalization of Joint Council’s Vietnam Standards of Practice has been extended. This decision was made in order to ensure that the most up-to-date information is incorporated in the document which will be presented to Vietnamese … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Summary of Vietnam Summit

12/4/2007 To review and download a copy of Joint Council’s official summary of the Vietnam Summit which was held on November 28 in Washington D.C., please click here.

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Vietnam: DC Meeting Location

11/26/2007 Joint Council is pleased to announce that we have secured a larger meeting space for the November 28 Summit in Washington, DC. The meeting will now be held in the Longworth building, which is next door to the Rayburn … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Maximum Number of RSVPs for Summit

11/20/2007 As of 3 p.m., Joint Council has received the maximum number of Vietnam Summit RSVPs that we can allow due to space restrictions. Any RSVPs received after 3 p.m. will go on a waiting list. All confirmed participants who … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council to Host Summit Meeting

11/16/2007 Joint Council will host a Vietnam Summit Meeting of adoption service providers, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, November 28th. Although Joint Council has opened the … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Referrals Temporarily Suspended

11/12/2007 Joint Council can confirm that the Vietnam Department of Intercountry Adoption has temporarily suspended referrals from the Phu Tho province for U.S. potential adoptive parents effective November 5, 2007. It is our understanding that the suspension will not interfere … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Vietnam Summit

11/12/2007 In line with our mission of protecting each child’s right to a permanent, safe and loving family, Joint Council will host a Vietnam Summit Meeting of adoption service providers, along with representatives of the U.S. Department of State and … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Update From USCIS

10/25/2007 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an update announcing that the USCIS office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will have sule jurisdiction over all Form I-600s filed on behalf of a Vietnamese child on or after October … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New Update Concerning I-600s

10/24/2007 Joint Council President & CEO Tom DiFilipo has issued a new update concerning the revised I-600 procedure in Vietnam, which includes provisions for families in Vietnam or those with imminent travel. To review a copy of this latest update, … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New I-600 Filing Procedures

10/23/2007 Joint Council has been in communication again today with both U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) regarding the effective date of the new I-600 filing procedures. We have strongly advocated for a … Continue reading

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Vietnam: New Intiative for I-600s

10/22/2007 In September 2007, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans for their new initiative related to I-600 filings and determinations. It is our understanding that USCIS will rullout this initiative within the coming weeks. Joint Council has been … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Fee Schedule

09/05/2007 During his visit to Washington, D.C. in July, Department of Intercountry Adoptions Director Long informed the U.S. government that the Vietnamese government would issue an official schedule of adoption-related fees in September 2007. The fee schedule is required by … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Joint Council Meeting With Department of State

1/29/2007 Joint Council staff and Board of Directors met with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last Monday in conjunction with our quarterly Board meeting. The following update was supplied to us by DOS: Deputy … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Government Adoption Reform

09/29/2006 The Vietnamese government does appear to be working on long-term reform to the adoption process, including eventual accession to the Hague Convention, but the near-term fixes to the immediate problems are more difficult. Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Maura … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Ministry of Justice to Stop Receiving Applications for ASPs

08/25/2006 The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced as of August 15, 2006, the Ministry of Justice of the Social Republic of Vietnam will temporarily stop receiving applications for establishment of office from American Adoption Service Providers.

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Vietnam: Licensing of 9 ASPs

1/18/2006 The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has released the following information. The Department of International Adoptions in Vietnam has licensed a total of 9 US adoption agencies (7 of whom are Joint Council members).  Additional applications are pending, although we … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Agreement Between US and Vietnam Signed

6/21/2005 Today the agreement between the United States and Vietnam concerning intercountry adoptions was signed. The momentous event took place at the Department of State in the Delegates Lounge and was well attended by government officials, NGOs and families. Minister … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Information Regarding A Child’s Right Campaign

04/25/2005 Joint Council sent a letter to Maura Harty regarding the continued negotiations between the US and Vietnam. A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam was launched on May 9th, 2008. To the thousands of families who called and e-mailed their … Continue reading

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