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News- Vietnam to end adoption program with U.S. after report

This AP piece by way of this morning’s Baltimore Sun-

Vietnam to end adoption program with U.S. after report

Quoting several excerpts:

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam is ending a child adoption agreement with the United States after being accused of allowing baby-selling and corruption, officials said today.

The decision was made following a report from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi that was first obtained by The Associated Press, alleging pervasive corruption and baby-selling in Vietnam’s adoption system.

The report lists cases in which infants were sold or birth mothers were pressured to give up their babies. In some other cases it describes brokers going to villages in search for babies who could be possibly put up for adoption.

It also says some American adoption agencies have been paying orphanage directors for referrals, and some others have bribed orphanage officials by taking them on shopping sprees and junkets to the United States in return for a flow of babies.

In an angry response, Vietnamese officials denied charges, calling the U.S. side’s allegations “unfair.”

“They can say whatever they want, but we are not going to renew it,” Long said.

The decision also will lead to the closure of 42 U.S. adoption agencies operating in Vietnam, Long said.

The U.S. Embassy says it respects Hanoi’s latest decision but is confident about the accuracy of the report.

“The government of Vietnam has made their own decision, but we believe that our report speaks for itself,” said the U.S. Embassy’s spokeswoman, Angela Aggeler.

The thing to keep in mind here, is that even though the accusations are aimed at Vietnam, it’s the agencies and their practices we’re ultimately talking about here- often American agencies, that operate in many countries, not just Vietnam.

One Response to “News- Vietnam to end adoption program with U.S. after report”

  1. Baby Love Child Says:

    To expand a bit, here’s a copy of a comment I left on the Adult Adoptees forum, on a thread about today’s news out of Vietnam

    The key thing to keep in mind here is that even though the accusations from the US Embassy are aimed at the Vietnam program, what’s really at the core here is the behaviour of the agencies- often AMERICAN agencies- who, by the way operate in many counties, not just Vietnam.

    The Embassy can rightly say Vietnam appears to have failed in its efforts to police the adoption racket, but what we’re really talking about here is Vietnam’s inability to reign in (often US) agencies and their oftentimes squalid maternity camps and donation systems designed to generate children made available quota systems.

    Naturally, the agencies, now that they will have to close down their operations in Vietnam will now assumedly attempt to find these PAPs (who drive the market in the first place) kids from some other country. And what ‘guarantee’ do we have that they won’t simply continue the same methodologies in other countries? Well none, of course.

    It’s very whack-a-mole. Vietnam closes down the programs, the same kinds of programs run by the same people resurface somewhere else, or more to the point, are likely ALREADY up and running somewhere else.

    That said, I think there may well be something to Vietnam’s anger at the US pointing its finger at them as if they were the only culpable ones here.

    For the moment, though, this has given those of us critical of the system certain tools, not the least of which being the US Embassy in Hanoi’s summary; Adopted Children Immigrant Visa Unit, Summary of Irregularities in Adoptions from Vietnam document, which as I was saying last night on the other thread is not only a terribly important read, it’s a rare document chronicling the abuses that ultimately were done by many US agencies.

    It’s up to us to ensure that comes back to haunt them later, WHEN (not if) they pull this next, in yet other countries still.

    I then did a bit of digging to come up with a current US Embassy list of US agencies working in Vietnam:

    Adopted Children Immigrant Visa Unit

    This listing includes all American Adoption Agencies currently licensed by the Government of Vietnam’s Department of International Adoptions (DIA). DIA advises that prospective adoptive parents should deal with these agencies only. Prospective parents should make sure the agency chosen is licensed in the province from which you desire to adopt.

    A.D.O.P.P.T Inc.: Phu Tho, Hung Yen, Ho Chi Minh City
    2. Adopt International: Ben Tre
    3. Adoption Center of Washington: Binh Thuan, Binh Duong
    4. Adoption from the Heart: Ho Chi Minh City
    5. Adoptions International Inc.: Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong
    6. Adoptions Together, Inc.: Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa
    7. Alliance for Children: Thua Thien Hue
    8. Americans for International Aids and Adoptions: An Giang
    9. Asian Children’s Services and Vietnam Humanitarian Corp: Ha Tinh, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Thai Binh
    10. Carolina Adoption Services: Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Yen Bai
    11. Children’s Home Society and Family Services (CHSFS): Phu Tho, Ben Tre, Binh Thuan, Vinh Long
    12. Children’s Hope International: Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang, Vinh Long
    13. Children’s House International: Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Tho, Binh Duong
    14. Commonwealth Adoption International: Da Nang, Quang Nam, Bac Giang
    15. Crossroads Adoption Services: Hanoi, Nam Dinh
    16. Dillon International: Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Vinh Long, An Giang, Can Tho
    17. Faith International Adoption: Bac Ninh, Can Tho, Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Dinh
    18. Families Thru International Adoption: Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Lao Cai
    19. Florida Home Studies and Adoptions, Inc.: Ba Ria- Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, Ninh Binh, Hung Yen, Vinh Long
    20. Gift of Love International Adoptions, Inc.:Hoa Binh
    21. Harrah’s Adoptions International Mission: Thai Binh, Ha Tay
    22. Hawaii International Child & Family Services, Inc.: Quang Nam
    23. Holt International: Da Nang, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ha Noi
    24. International Assistance and Adoption Project: Da Nang, Quang Nam, Kien Giang, Soc Trang
    25. International Children’s Alliance: Ho Chi Minh City
    26. Little Pearls Adoption Agency: Ha Nam, Nam Dinh
    27. Los Ninos International Adoption Center: An Giang, Nam Dinh, Ninh Thuan
    28. Lutheran Community Services of South New England Inc.: Ninh Binh
    29. Lutheran Social Service Minnesota: Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Thap, Quang Tri
    30. Mandala Adoption Services: Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa
    31. New Beginnings: Vinh Phuc, Cao Bang, Hai Duong
    32. Orphans Overseas: Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ha Giang, Lai Chau
    33. Pearl S. Buck International: Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa
    34. Plan Loving Adoption Now: Ha Noi, Phu Tho, Ba Ria- Vung Tau
    35. Rainbow House International: Da Nang
    36. Small World Adoption Foundation of Missouri: Phu Tho
    37. Ventures for Children International: Nghe An
    38. Vietnamese Orphans Relief Fund: Phu Tho, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Ca Mau
    39. Wasatch International: Phu Tho
    40. World Association for Children & Parents (WACAP): Thai Binh
    41. World Child International: Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Quang Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh, Quang Ngai
    42. Worldwide Adoption Services (WAS): Hau Giang

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