Vietnam Adopts Hague Convention – and You Helped!

12 12 2011

Because of your involvement with Joint Council’s efforts on behalf of Vietnamese children in need of a family, we wanted to make sure you knew that the U.S. State Department has announced that Vietnam has ratified the Hague Adoption Convention, and that it will go into force beginning February 1, 2012.

Under U.S. law, the United States Central Authority (USCA) must now evaluate whether procedures leading to the adoption of a child in Vietnam conform to the standards established by the Convention and the U.S. Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA).  While this is a very positive development, it certainly has been a long time in coming and there is still much work to be done before adoptions between the U.S. and Vietnam resume. We hope you will continue to support us in this extended campaign.

We wish to thank all of you for participating in our Child’s Right campaign, which involved 147 Congressional offices, thousands of concerned individuals like you and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute — all with a goal of re-starting adoption between the U.S. and Vietnam.  Together we hosted a Vietnam Summit, developed standards for Vietnamese adoptions, led numerous delegations to Vietnam and hosted a Vietnamese delegation in Washington, DC. It is thanks to your dedication that Vietnamese children are so much closer to having adoption available to them in 2011.

Joint Council needs your support to continue our work on behalf of vulnerable children throughout the world. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Joint Council this holiday season.

On behalf of everyone at Joint Council, thank you again for your support and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.





News/Updates

22 04 2011

After two weeks of no updates (thanks to our very successful Annual Conference!), we’ve finally been able to update the website with news and information! Check them out at jointcouncil.org or see below for new specific country updates:

Cambodia

Ethiopia (1)

Ethiopia (2)

News regarding adoption, featuring Adam Pertman

Vietnam

Russia (1)

Russia (2)

Ukraine

Latvia

Nepal





Ambassador Jacobs Travels to Cambodia and Vietnam

15 03 2011

The US Department of State has issued the following statement regarding Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs visit to Cambodia and Vietnam.

Since joining the Office of Children’s Issues, Ambassador Jacobs has been a tireless advocate traveling to Kyrgyzstan, Guatemala, South Korea and Ethiopia.  Joint Council both appreciates and supports Ambassador Jacobs continuing efforts to work with governments around the world.

The full text of the Department of State’s statement can be found below and here.

 


Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs will visit Cambodia and Vietnam March 16 – 23 for meetings on intercountry adoptions.

In Cambodia, she will meet with government officials and non-governmental adoption stakeholders to discuss how the United States can work together with the Cambodian government to further support Cambodia’s efforts to fully implement a new law on intercountry adoption. Adoption from Cambodia was suspended in 2001.

In Vietnam, Ambassador Jacobs will meet with government officials to discuss Vietnam’s stated goal of acceding to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The United States welcomes Vietnam’s strong efforts to create a child welfare system and an intercountry adoption process that will meet its obligations under the Convention. The processing of adoptions for Vietnam was suspended in 2008.

For more information about intercountry adoption in Cambodia and Vietnam, visit:
http://adoption.state.gov

For updates on Special Advisor Susan Jacobs’ trip, follow her on twitter: http://twitter.com/childrensissues








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