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Monday, June 2, 2014

St. An's & the state of adoptions

I've been getting quite a few questions re St. An's, so I hope this somewhat clarifies a very muddy issue.

Currently, the United States does not have an adoption agreement in place with Vietnam.  In the past decade the program has open and closed several times.  Vietnam recently ratified the Hague Convention, (I believe about 18-ish months ago) and is now in the process of implementing it.  The implementation of the Hague Convention is a necessity that absolutely will have to take place before an adoption program could open back up.  There are a couple other countries that currently do adopt from Vietnam; I believe Canada and Ireland (and I think Italy) have adoption programs with Vietnam, although these are very very small programs.  However even when/if a Vietnamese adoption program does opens with the United States, very very few of the orphanages in this country will participate, as is standard with most countries that have adoption programs with the USA.  The paperwork to get a child ready for adoption isn't free, and many orphanages are quite low on funds.  In addition, non-government run orphanages usually do not qualify.  St. An's is not a government run facility and is run by the Catholic church.

(It has been rumored for over 5 years now that an adoption program is imminent-just around the corner.  Recently there has been progress to open a very very small "trial" special needs program between Vietnam and the United States in the next couple years.  I'll believe it when I see it.  Like I said, the rumors that a program will be opening have been continuous since 2008 when the program shut down.)

It was explained to me that this orphanage used to do domestic adoptions many years ago, but Vietnam does not have the same review process that the United States does to qualify adoptive families, and St. An's sadly learned that some of the children it had placed were in homes that were not a good match with its children.

It was obvious to me that the current Father at St. An's loves these children very very much, and is completely aware that the sex trafficking industry is very active in his neck of the woods as well of many other disastrous places a child could find him/herself.  Father much prefers to have the children raised in the security of St. An's where the church can ensure their well being.

As you can see, it's not a simple issue.  But long story short, these children are not adoptable and likely never will be.  They will grow up in their St. An's family.


  1. RE:sex trafficking

    Special place in hell for those people. As a side note, that sort of filthy activity gives adoption a bad name as there have apparently been enough fraudulent adoptions to taint all the rest.

  2. We have been led to believe our daughter was orphaned as a result of trafficking. It makes me sick to my stomach to know that I was part of a fraudulant adoption, but I have peace in knowing that the Lord brought her into our lives for a reason much greater. She is an immense joy and I could never imagine life without her. We haven't told her yet; she is only five, but when the time comes and she askes about her roots, I pray that the Holy Spirit will give me words to say.

  3. Although "sex trafficking" is VERY REAL, I'm remain speechless to think that people would be so evil to a level of trafficking children. It sickens me.

    1. It is actually the largest and most lucrative business in the world. It makes more than oil, real estate, professional sports, ANYTHING. It is sickening.

  4. We almost got a child (Little Sister number 3) from a Catholic orphanage in Hue. It turned out that they were not approved for international adoptions. But we had a really good feeling from that place, it seemed caring and clean and the nuns were mostly lovely — they asked if I couldn't adopt them too! Unlike the orphanage we ended up with, where they were happy to take a lot of money from us knowing there was no child for us (we never got a child, nor have we got a penny back). The place was crumbling, there was not a toy in sight, and you really wonder where the money went. Or rather you don't — straight into the director's pocket…It makes me happy to see how well cared for the children seem, nowhere near as destitute as the orphanage we saw. I would love to be with you now!


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