Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Adoption Agency-Vietnam Province Reference for 2006-2008

PEAR has pulled data from many sources to produce Adoption Agency-Vietnam Province Cross Reference lists for the 2006-2008 period. You may find this reference material useful while reading the EJ Graff's latest article "Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis" or when reviewing the Ten disturbing adoption cases from Vietnam, By Province: References to Adoption Problems, Startling Quotes or other FOIA documents on the Schuster Institute website.

Our Adoption Agency-Vietnam Province Cross Reference includes the US Agency Name, DIA Licensed Provinces for each agency, Hague Accreditation, Agency Status and more for each agency. Our information sources are included in the Notes for each list.

Cross Reference by Agency with Hague Status and more
Cross Reference by Province

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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

Monday, September 13, 2010

MEDIA: Foreign Policy publishes Article by EJ Graff on Vietnam

A very important article was published today on Foreign Policy. This subject matter of this article and the manner in which it was handled by US and VN officials, as well as adoption agencies and organizations like the JCICS, addresses the need for federal legislation and oversight of adoption agencies assisting with intercountry adoptions. Until Congress is willing to take this seriously and deal with the misconduct of individuals involved in ICA, countries will continue to close, and the adoption triad will continue to be exploited.

Two years ago American adoptions from Vietnam ceased. In
“Anatomy of an Adoption Crisis” posted today on Foreign Policy, Schuster Institute Associate Director E.J. Graff analyzes hundreds of pages of internal U.S. State Department documents (received under Freedom of Information Act requests) discussing why the U.S. believed those adoptions had to end.

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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Vietnam Update: Schuster Institute Publishes U.S. government documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act

Vietnam adoption fraud specifics are exposed in documents obtained by the Schuster Institute through the Freedom of Information Act. For full access to the report and supporting resources, please visit the Schuster Institute Adoption website at:

For those interested in information on which agencies were licensed in which provinces of Vietnam, the following is the list that was officially published by the US Embassy, Hanoi in 2007:
1. A.D.O.P.P.T Inc.: Phu Tho, Hung Yen, Ho Chi Minh City
2. Adopt International: Ben Tre
3. Adoption Center of Washington: Binh Thuan, Binh Duong
4. Adoption from the Heart: Ho Chi Minh City
5. Adoptions International Inc.: Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong
6. Adoptions Together, Inc.: Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa
7. Alliance for Children: Thua Thien Hue
8. Americans for International Aids and Adoptions: An Giang
9. Asian Children's Services and Vietnam Humanitarian Corp: Ha Tinh, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Thai Binh
10. Carolina Adoption Services: Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Yen Bai
11. Children's Home Society and Family Services (CHSFS): Phu Tho, Ben Tre, Binh Thuan, Vinh Long
12. Children's Hope International: Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang, Vinh Long
13. Children's House International: Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Tho, Binh Duong
14. Commonwealth Adoption International: Da Nang, Quang Nam
15. Crossroads Adoption Services: Hanoi
16. Dillon International: Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Vinh Long, An Giang, Can Tho
17. Faith International Adoption: Bac Ninh, Can Tho, Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Dinh
18. Families Thru International Adoption: Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Lao Cai
19. Florida Home Studies and Adoptions, Inc.: Ba Ria- Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, Ninh Binh, Hung Yen
20. Gift of Love International Adoptions, Inc.:Hoa Binh
21. Harrah's Adoptions International Mission: Thai Binh, Ha Tay
22. Hawaii International Child & Family Services, Inc.: Quang Nam
23. Holt International: Da Nang, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ha Noi
24. International Assistance and Adoption Project: Da Nang, Quang Nam, Kien Giang, Soc Trang
25. International Children's Alliance: Ho Chi Minh City
26. Little Pearls Adoption Agency: Ha Nam
27. Los Ninos International Adoption Center: An Giang, Nam Dinh
28. Lutheran Community Services of South New England Inc.: Ninh Binh
29. Lutheran Social Service Minnesota: Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Thap
30. Mandala Adoption Services: Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa
31. New Beginnings: Vinh Phuc, Cao Bang, Hai Duong
32. Orphans Overseas: Ha Nam, Nam Dinh
33. Pearl S. Buck International: Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa
34. Plan Loving Adoption Now: Ha Noi, Phu Tho, Ba Ria- Vung Tau
35. Rainbow House International: Da Nang
36. Small World Adoption Foundation of Missouri: Phu Tho
37. Ventures for Children International: Nghe An
38. Vietnamese Orphans Relief Fund: Phu Tho, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Ca Mau
39. Wasatch International: Phu Tho
40. World Association for Children & Parents (WACAP): Thai Binh
41. World Child International: Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Quang Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh, Quang Ngai
42. Worldwide Adoption Services (WAS): Hau Giang

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Friday, September 10, 2010

DOS: Adoption Alert Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Adoption Alert

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

September 9, 2010

A new Kazakh passport requirement has created a processing delay for all passports of about three months. This delay directly affects inter-country adoptions since adoptive children must acquire a passport before they can travel to the United States. Although applicants could previously pay a fee to expedite processing, this service is no longer available. Adoptive parents should anticipate this delay and discuss appropriate arrangements with their adoption service providers.

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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

Monday, September 6, 2010

ISS Report: Haiti: "Expediting" intercountry adoptions in the aftermath of a natural disaster ... preventing future harm.

Haiti: "Expediting" intercountry adoptions in the aftermath of a natural disaster ... preventing future harm.

Press Release from ISS*:

This report examines intercountry adoption practices in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Haiti has been a ‘popular' country of origin, meaning that thousands of children were at some stage of the adoption process - albeit simply "identified" as potentially adoptable - when the earthquake struck. There were diverse and contrasting responses by ‘receiving countries' and others to the subsequent adoption of children displaced abroad. This report documents and reviews the vast range of responses and the exceptional measures implemented by some countries in expediting firstly, the transfer of cases (with an adoption judgment) as well as secondly, adoptions and other procedures (without a judgment).

In the context of these exceptional measures, the principal objective of this report is to identify lessons to be learned from this situation in order to prevent future harm. It is not the intention of the report to denounce a particular country, but rather to provide an objective analysis of the fast-tracking measures implemented, against the backdrop of international norms.

A copy of the report may be downloaded at the following website:

*ISS is an international network of non-profit organizations, composed of professional staff and specialized volunteers, committed to preserving, establishing or re-establishing the links between family members in an international context. ISS is dedicated to finding solutions for the protection of unaccompanied minors, neglected and abandoned children, family searches, reunification and repatriation, legal assistance, individual counseling and ensuring that the needs and rights of its beneficiaries are respected. (From the ISS Vision and Mission Statement)

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

DOS Adoption Alert: Rwanda Update

Rwanda Adoption Alert

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

September 3, 2010

Effective August 31, 2010, the Rwandan Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) temporarily suspended all new applications for intercountry adoptions to prepare for accession to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (the Convention). U.S. Embassy Kigali officials met with Rwandan adoption officials on September 1, 2010 to clarify which cases would be included in pipeline processing. The Government of Rwanda has stated that it will not accept dossiers for new adoption cases until Rwanda accedes to the Convention. Dossiers received by the MIGEPROF or Rwandan embassies prior to August 31, 2010 will continue to be processed by Rwandan authorities. Implementing the Convention can be a lengthy process and may take a year or more.

Questions concerning adoptions in Rwanda may be sent to either or . Please check for updates as they become available.

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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Updated International Adoption Doctor Directory Now Available

The revised directory can be freely downloaded from PEAR's website at

This directory is arranged alphabetically by state and city within each state. The clinics listed in this directory have at least one MD,DO or NP in its practice and have experience with international adoption medicine.

Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR) does not officially endorse any listing in this directory. The contents are provided for informational purposes only as a community service.

PEAR has no means of certifying the competence or quality of practice of any practitioner. PEAR makes no representations, warranties, guarantees or promises on behalf of or for those listed, and does not assume liability or responsibility for any service or product provided.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

DOS: Adoption Notice Liberia

Adoption Notice

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues

August 31, 2010

The Department of State is aware of cases where adoptive parents have been asked to pay a fee for an exit clearance letter in Liberia. Americans should be extremely cautious about any requests for payments of fees associated with exit clearance letters. Liberia’s Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization does not charge a fee for the exit clearance letter. Any requests for such fees should be immediately reported to the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. Embassy in Liberia
111 U.N. Drive
Mamba Point
Monrovia, Liberia
Tel: +231-77-054-826
Fax: +231-77-010-370

The U.S. Government does not condone bribery or corruption of any kind.

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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.