Vietnam, US to resume inter-nation child adoption

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Vietnam and the US will resume inter-nation adoptions, which were suspended in 2008, US Senator from Louisiana Mary Landrieu told the press on Wednesday.

Landrieu was leading a delegation of senators on a visit to Vietnam from February 19-21 during which they met and worked with related Vietnamese agencies on children's welfare issues and the resumption of the adoption program, Vietnam News Agency reported.

According to the news report, the US senators noted their appreciation of Vietnam's efforts to improve its child welfare system.

Vietnam was also said to have enhanced its commitments to improving the framework for child adoptions, such as passing the revised law on child adoption in 2011 along with other related decrees and circulars.

Earlier it also signed on to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, which took effect in Vietnam on February 1, 2012.

The senators said they would share observations from their visit with relevant agencies in the US in order to speed up the resumption of inter-nation child adoptions between the countries.

Vietnam signed a child adoption agreement with the US in 2005, but refused to renew it in 2008 after the US Embassy in Vietnam released a report, accusing that Vietnamese babies had been sold and that Vietnamese families had been pressured to give up their babies.

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Vietnam later dismissed the claims, arguing that the report had included "a lot of distorted and slanderous information."

At the time the agreement was terminated, a total of 1,640 Vietnamese children had been adopted by Americans, including actress Angelina Jolie, who adopted a boy from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2007. 

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