Congressional Briefing This Friday

According to JCICS: The Congressional Coalition on Adoption has invited the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct a briefing of Congressional staff on issues related to intercountry adoption in Vietnam, Guatemala along with issues related to intercountry adoption in general. The briefing is scheduled for this

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Vietnam Lawmakers Support Hague

From the Vietnamese Press: Lawmakers back bid to join Hague adoption convention A majority of National Assembly’s Standing Committee members supported a bid to sign the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption Friday, scheduling a vote on the measure by the year’s end. The International Adopted Children Bureau, under the Minister of Justice, would be solely


Update from the Department of State

The Department of State posted a new update on their website today. The statement included the following information: DIA has reported that there are more than 1,700 applications pending as of July 1, 2008. According to DIA estimates and prior adoption trends, it is likely that referrals will be completed before September 1 for approximately

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Arrests in Nam Dinh

As reported in the Hong Kong newspaper, The Standard:  Police in Vietnam have arrested the heads of two health centers suspected of forging documents in a scam that put up infants for overseas adoptions, a senior official confirmed.  The suspects in northern Nam Dinh province allegedly issued fake birth certificates for the under-five-year-olds, who were