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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.

Prime Minister will examine adoptions from Vietnam and other countries:

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will slash adoption red tape in Australia, take full control of overseas adoption from the states and opening discussions with Vietnam, Kenya, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, the US and Cambodia.

After joining forces with actor Deborra-Lee Furness and her husband Hugh Jackman to champion adoption reform, Mr Abbott promised action within 12 months.

Mr Abbott will announce tomorrow the government’s response to a major report of the interdepartmental committee on inter-country adoption, which calls for governments to cut costs, waiting time and uncertain outcomes.

It will include plans to streamline the complex application process for prospective parents and slash red tape.

See the full story here.

The Vietnamese delegation also visited with Dillon International of Tulsa, OK this week.

Dillon International has facilitated more than 100 adoptions from Vietnam since 2000…

A delegation from Vietnam is visiting the U.S. to meet potential agencies.

“It’s just a real privilege to have these delegates here in Tulsa in our backyard to experience some of the wonderful things that Tulsa and Oklahoma have to offer,” Dillon International Executive Director Kyle Tresch said.

As with the Holt visit, the delegation met with at least one family that adopted from Vietnam through Dillon.

While the news headline says “Adoption Agency Chosen” there has been no official selection as of yet. See the full news story.

An additional video is available here: Tulsa Adoption Agency Hopes To be Chosen For Vietnam Program.

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