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.

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:

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No to corruption. Yes to families.

14 03 2011

by Rebecca Harris, Director of Programs & Services

The following as an excerpt from our newsletter, Mbali’s Message.  Sign up to receive it by clicking here.

Already in 2011 we’ve seen Ethiopia move to reduce intercountry adoptions by 90% and Kazakhstan officially suspend adoptions in anticipation of their ratification of the Hague Convention.  Haiti and Ukraine are on what we’ve termed our “high alert” list – countries that show indications of closing in the next 12-months. This is a scene we’ve seen play out over and over again, in country after country.  And every time a country has chosen to suspend or close intercountry adoptions, children suffer.  It’s a scene that is quite frankly, confusing, unneccessary, and very disturbing.
In allowing this to occur, we’ve failed the biological families who need preservation services, we’ve failed the children who legitimately need intercountry adoption and we’ve failed our global community.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of failure.  I’m tired of seeing children, like Addison, become “collateral damage” in the battle against abuse.  Allowing children to die needlessly and alone is simply unacceptable.

Over the last ten years we’ve fought the good fight.  But we’ve lost too many times.  And every time we lose, children lose.  This month we’ll release a report about the systematic elimination of intercountry adoption and the decrease in services to children.  And we’ll ask you to join us in changing the tide.  We’ll ask you to rally your friends and family to stand up and say “No” to corruption and “Yes” to families.  It’s not enough to just stop bad things from happening – we have to make good things happen too!

So, be on the look out over the next month – in your inbox and our website – I hope you’ll join me in standing up and demanding the fulfillment of every child’s right to a safe, permanent and loving family.  Join me in speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

The Answer for The Dosser Family

28 11 2010

To learn more about Joint Council’s National Adoption Month Advocacy Campaign-Click Here

The Perfect Plan

By Tonnie Dosser, Director of Development, Dillon International, Inc.

We walked up the long walkway edged with flowers.  Yellow blossoms seemed a perfect way to welcome us to this new beginning.

“Was that him?”  We saw a little brown head peeking out from around the back of the house and heard some giggles as we walked into the very tall slim pink home of the caretakers.  Suddenly, in ran the cutest little boy I’d ever seen.  He had the biggest smile on his face  as he jumped straight into the outstretched arms of a man he’d never met, but knew was his Daddy.

So many stories led up to this moment…both my husband and I had wanted to adopt a child since before we were married.  We had it all planned – we’d have one child, then adopt a child, then have another child – 3 kids – perfect!  But of course, our plans were not God’s plans.

After two, almost grown, beautiful daughters and 20 years of marriage under our belts, an image of a little boy entered our life.  I work for Dillon International, specifically in the humanitarian aid area, so photos of children who need homes is not a rare sight for me.  One day a co-worker in Vietnam sent me a photo of a baby boy who had been placed in her care.  He was so precious!  I felt an overwhelming need to find this little boy a home.  Every child deserves a home. It’s my hope that every child will know the love of someone special, but for some reason this particular baby boy really got under my skin.  I began putting him in as many agency publications as I could.  Surely there was someone out there who could love this little boy and become the family he needed.

Then, after several photos of him had crossed my desk, my co-worker in Vietnam sent me another photo.  It was like a kick in the booty!  God said WAKE UP – YOU are his family!  In that photo, he stared right through me and straight into my heart and after that it was history…I was officially in LOVE with this precious little boy.  Who knew that the family I had been struggling to find for this little boy was mine.  It took a little longer for my husband to get the wake up call. Eventually he decided sometimes the best things in life can be a little scary at first and this was definitely one of those times.  Our entire family was very ready to love this child.

The country had just closed to adoptions when he was born, so I checked in on him every chance I had…watching him grow and change from a baby to a little boy, year after year.  It became very hard at times, but I kept faith that he would one day be ours – to love, snuggle, and teach to pray, along with all the other wonderful eventful and non-eventful moments shared by a family.  The day finally came when Vietnam re-opened to intercountry adoptions and our agency’s license to place children from Vietnam was approved. We could officially begin the process to adopt this little boy who had captivated our hearts.

Later that year my husband and I traveled to Vietnam to pick up our son.  We traveled around the country for three weeks, each of us learning more and more about each other.  When we arrived home on Christmas Eve, our family was whole.  We are now the very proud parents of three very smart, very good looking, very inquisitive, and very loving children.  Three kids – PERFECT!

Life is grand!  God is good!

Editor’s note: Vietnam re-closed to intercountry adoptions to the U.S. on September 1, 2008.  Thousands of children wait, like this little boy waited, for the improvement of an ethical child welfare system in Vietnam.

The Dosser family found Their Answer. Be The Answer for others by reading about Heart of the Matter Seminars on their Facebook Page or Visiting their website! Families and Professionals who visit the page will have a chance to win a $150 gift certificate for any combination of live webinars or recorded courses.  Current fans of the page can participate by entering a comment on our wall.

Vietnam Considers New Adoption Law

25 09 2009

We thought you might be interested in this article on children’s services in Vietnam.  It deals primarily with the a new law the Vietnamese government is considering.   We will publish our assessment in a few days.  Let us know what you think about the pending law.

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