There was another quarterly ASP (Adoption Service Provider) meeting at the US Embassy in HaNoi this week. Ethica has posted their notes on the meeting on their website. The Embassy provided updates and information on the current I600 wait and ‘blocked’ provinces, the new fingerprinting process, the current situation with the expiration of the MOA
USCIS has updated their website with this PDF dated May 29, 2008 that reflects the long-awaited DNA testing. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that its office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is implementing a DNA testing requirement for Vietnamese adoption cases where the birth parent(s) of the adopted child has been
JCICS is calling for a campaign by agencies, adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, advocates and all of those who have an interest in international adoption in Vietnam to join the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chairs and sign their letter to Secretary Condoleezza Rice in support of their recommendations for the continuation of adoptions in Vietnam.
Many people don’t realize that Ethica is primarily a volunteer effort. Most of the people working for Ethica do not get paid and in fact pay for much of Ethica’s expenses out of their own pockets. Ethica is in a unique position of standing in the middle – representing birth families, children and adoptive families.