This week the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, visited the United States. Here is a news story about his meeting with President Bush. They mostly discussed trade, but human rights were also mentioned, as was international adoption.
A press release from the White House about the meeting has this paragraph about international adoption:
The President expressed his commitment to continue the development of intercountry adoption cooperation between the United States and Vietnam that ensures the best interests of the child, respects his or her fundamental rights, and prevents the abduction and trafficking of children. The Prime Minister underscored that Vietnam shares these goals and stressed that Vietnam will speed up preparations for an early accession to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions. The Prime Minister also welcomed U.S. technical assistance in facilitating this step.
It sounds like the U.S. is really pushing VN to join the Hague agreement in order for adoptions to continue and eventually resume. We hope and pray that happens and that ethical adoptions will continue from Vietnam. One reason we chose China initially is that, with the number of international adoptions from there, we and Sophie would find support from other adoptive families. And I've seen how important the local Ethiopian adoptive families' group has been for some friends here in Chicago. We hope there continues to be other families with adopted kids from Vietnam in the future--until, of course, Vietnam can take care of all the orphaned children in their country.
This week you also turned 8 months old and we received new photos of you. You definitely look older and you are drooling, so we think you might be teething. We are starting to get antsy and are really hoping we can travel in August sometime (late July would be good too!). The sooner the better!