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From Tuoi Tre News:

Hanoi police arrested two women on Sunday for allegedly selling a nine-month-old baby from Bo De Pagoda, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Long Bien District, for US$1,650.

One of the detainees is Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang, 37, the caretaker of the children supported by the pagoda, and the other is Pham Thi Nguyet, 35, a woman of northern Ninh Binh Province.

The women have been charged with “trading in, fraudulently exchanging or appropriating children” pursuant to Article 120 of the Penal Code.

The boy has been brought up at the orphanage since October 2013, when he was found in front of the pagoda, police said.

When he arrived, a couple who often visited the pagoda agreed to be godparents to the boy. They named him Cu Nguyen Cong and often visited him.

In November 2013, the boy became ill and was hospitalized. He was discharged back to the pagoda a month later.

In the first days of 2014, Cong disappeared from the pagoda. No one, including his godparents, knew where he had gone. Investigations show that Trang and Nguyet sold Cong for VND35 million ($1,650).

After her arrest, Trang pleaded guilty to trading in children…

Access the full article here.

From The Acorn:

The adoption of an infant is an adjustment for any parent, but when an older child is adopted and moves to a new country to live with strangers, the transition period is also difficult for the child.

Such was the case for Trang Huynh, a Vietnamese child who, at the age of 11, was adopted by Agoura Hills pastor Curtis Webster and his wife, Kay.

The adoption was not an easy one for the Kay’s or for their daughter, Trang:

But Trang was not happy about it. She had a happy life at the orphanage with lots of friends and caring teachers.

“I had people who took care of me like their own child,” she said. “They put me first.”

“She really didn’t want to be adopted,” Webster said. “She really didn’t want to leave.”

Six years have passed since Trang joined the Webster family in Agoura Hills. She reminisced about the difficulty she had adjusting to a new family.

“When I was alone with them we had nothing to say,” Trang said. “They didn’t speak Vietnamese well,” and Trang was just learning how to speak English.

Webster said the first year with Trang was very rough, and she acted out in dangerous ways.

“The head banging was scary,” he said. “She could have hurt herself.”

Trang said she enjoyed cursing at her family in Vietnamese. Webster said that even though he didn’t know exactly what she was saying to him, he understood the message by her tone of voice.

A year’s worth of counseling and a made-up game helped Trang and her family get in sync emotionally.

Read the full article here.

On July 10th the Department of State posted this notice: On June 24, 2014, the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam approved a Law on Amendments and Supplements to the Citizenship Law of Vietnam. This law abolishes the requirement for Vietnamese citizen children adopted from Vietnam before July 1, 2009 to register in order to retain Vietnamese nationality, as posted in our October 2013 announcement.

This is a change to the notice that was posted in October 2013. Please read the entire notice here.

The Office of Children’s Issues posted an announcement on their website that a new limited program may resume “soon.”

Intercountry adoptions from Vietnam to the United States, through a special adoption program for children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups (Special Adoption Program) may commence three weeks after Vietnam’s Central Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announces its authorization of U.S. adoption service providers (ASPs). The Department of State anticipates that the Ministry of Justice will announce its authorization decision by the end of 2014.

The announcement went on to explain that in addition to their agreement to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention), “The Government of Vietnam has taken a number of steps to improve its implementation of the Convention, particularly in adoptions of children with special needs and for older children and biological sibling groups placed on Vietnam’s “List 2” for matching by Vietnam’s Central Authority.” In addition, while adoptions will be limited to begin with, the State Department will “continue to monitor the Vietnamese child welfare program, to determine if the intercountry adoption program can be expanded.”

However, the U.S. cannot move forward in processing these adoptions until Vietnam licenses U.S. adoption service providers. Therefore all hopeful prospective adopters are strongly cautioned not to move forward with any agency at this time.

Prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers should not initiate, seek to initiate, or claim to initiate adoption programs or cases in Vietnam until the Department of State announces the effective date of Vietnam’s authorization of U.S. ASPs and the effective date of the commencement of the Special Adoption Program.

Further, prospective adoptive parents and ASPs should not file any Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) until the effective date of the commencement of the Special Adoption Program, as USCIS cannot accept any Form I-800 until that date.

Read the full announcement here.

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