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 surveyed had planned to adopt approximately 940 Vietnamese children. Of these families, only 35.5% (319 families) indicated that they had received referrals.
Joint Council remains committed to ensuring that children referred to a family prior to September 1, 2008 will be united with their new families. For those families that did not receive a referral prior to the deadline, Joint Council is dedicated to seeing the re-opening of a new, child-centric and corruption-free adoption process in Vietnam through A Child’s Right Campaign for Vietnam. We remain hopeful that Vietnam will re-open to adoptions and have confirmed that bilateral discussions regarding an interim agreement on intercountry adoptions between Vietnam and the US are in their initial stages .With the unfailing persistence of so many families, even more children will find a family. Joint Council thanks all the families that participated in the survey.