Health Issues|In The News

caring for the least of these

In 2002 when we were living in Cambodia with our daughter waiting on the embassy to process her paperwork, I had the occasion to visit another little girl in the hospital. She was just over a year old and had contracted pneumonia in the orphanage. My friend D~, who was waiting with her son, learned

Ethics|In The News

Vietnam Baby Trafficking in the News

 Vietnam police bust baby trafficking gang (excerpt) Vietnamese police have arrested four people this week for trafficking babies, including one yet to be born, for adoption inside the country or in China, authorities here said Wednesday. Authorities believed the gang bought Vietnamese baby girls for $500 each and boys for $1,000 and sold them for


Response to the JCICS Standards of Practice

The long awaited JCICS standards have been published and ASPs now have a short period of time in which to act as signatories or not.   What Is JCICS? In short, Join Council on International Children’s Services is a membership group for adoption service providers (adoption agencies), social services groups and other licensed non-profit advocacy

Chosing An Agency|In The News

JCICS Standards of Practice Released

JCICS today released their Standards of Practice for Intercountry Adoption in Vietnam, as well as a Summary of the Standards, written by JCICS President and CEO, Tom DiFilipo. According to the JCICS website: “licensed adoption service providers must confirm their status as a Joint Council Vietnam Standards of Practice signatory no later than close-of-business on