Vietnam Program Official Closes

It was announced this morning by the Government of Vietnam that they will be suspending all adoptions to the United States, effective September 1st. This means that any dossier not matched with a referral will be closed and returned to the adoptive parent's agency, and no new dossiers will be accepted. This is certainly not surprising news, given the last few months of speculation. We've discussed it on this blog before, as have many others. Regardless, it's still heartbreaking to read. There are several factors that lead to this, that I'm not even going to try to summarize, but if you want to read more on this, please look here or here.

There is also a good, easy to read, article on what's been going on with the Vietnam-US adoption relationship here.

While Doug and I had originally thought that Vietnam was the country for us to apply to, it became clear to us that this was not the case as we went through the adoption process. I sincerely feel for all the other parents that were either still hoping to apply to Vietnam, or worse yet, have applied and have been waiting for a match. As much as my heart hurts for them, my heart truly breaks for the children in the orphanages who are waiting for a forever home.

Considering my already blah mood, this hasn't helped any... I'm hoping that with the start of a new week, a new month, I'll have a new attitude!