The Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands, Huynh Minh Chinh, has signed the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Mr Chinh was authorized by the Vietnamese Government to sign the international convention at the head office of the Dutch foreign ministry in the presence of Gerald Limburg, Head of the Treaties Division under the Dutch ministry, and representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice.
Vietnam’s signing of the Convention is considered to create a consistent legal framework for domestic adoptions and foreign-related adoption for the best interests of children, including Vietnamese children. At the signing ceremony, officials of the Dutch foreign ministry expressed their delight at the fact that Vietnam had joined the important convention.
Ambassador Chinh stressed that the Vietnamese government will do its best to enforce the convention as soon as possible. He also expressed Vietnam’s wish to increase its involvement in the Hague Convention on Private International Law to strengthen legal foundations for the country’s international integration.
The question US families are asking: Will the US sign an adoption agreement with Vietnam? At this time, the US Department of State has not updated its notificiations on adoption from Vietnam. It may be assumed that the US will be cautious in entering a new agreement with Vietnam. In the past, the US opened and closed to adoption from Vietnam twice. An excellent overview of the problems with Vietnam adoption pre-Hague may be found in EJ Graaf's article, "Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis."
The Hague requirements take time to implement, and will be closely monitored before any adoptions are initiated from Vietnam. Families wishing to adopt from Vietnam are cautioned to be patient and fully educate themselves on the history of this program, and undestand that Vietnam is currently NOT open to new applications. With Vietnam's signing of the Hague, the first step in the journey towards a transparent, ethical adoption program has been taken. It remains in the hands of the Vietnamese authorities to implement the necessary organizational and legal system practices that will once again open the door to US adoption from Vietnam.
Vietnam Adoption Resources:
Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis
The most indepth article on exactly why the US originally closed to adoption from Vietnam
Adoption Agency Research
A yahoogroup for families researching adoption programs and agencies