Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ethica Input

New Ethica Project on Abandonments
Fri Feb 1, 2008 1:58 pm (PST)

Fellow APVers and members of the Vietnam Adoption Community,

I have been following the recent discussion on abandonments from Viet Nam
with great interest. During my recent trip, I met with U.S. Embassy staff
who revealed a shocking piece of information on which Ethica feels compelled
to act. Currently 85% of the adoptions being processed are for abandoned
children! The Embassy is very concerned about this, and believes that many
"abandonments" are being staged to avoid investigation into the backgrounds
of children. There are, of course, other possible reasons and we believe it
should be determined what those reasons are. But one thing is clear. There
is no societal reason for Vietnamese adoptions to become more closed over
the course of the last few years. Indeed, statistics that we've been able to
gather thus far point to a disturbing shift from pre-closure statistics to
the current ones.

There are two results of this trend: The first is that children are being
deprived of their identifying information. The second is that this practice
could seriously damage the continuation of adoptions from Vietnam. US
government offices have a duty to determine the background of children and
their orphan status. When a sudden shift in practices occurs which makes
that difficult, suspicions rise and warning signs cannot be ignored.

Ethica is working to address this problem, with the goal of protecting the
identities of the children and preserving adoption as an option for the
orphans of Vietnam. To that end, we are launching a new project called
"Operation Identity". Please visit our website for more details on the
problem and our new initiative. More information will be provided soon about
how you can help.

Trish Maskew, President
www.ethicanet. org
(Ethica blog link added by blog owner)

Although we have not adopted from VN, I continue to follow the process and the state of agreements and procedures between the US and VN.

To me, the work that Ethica is doing is both scary and important. I want to know and yet, I don't. But to choose to "not know" is not really a choice. It's not. a. choice.

I firmly believe their work should be supported by APs and PAPs, as well as those who love the people and children of Viet Nam (for any reason).

I continue to hope and pray that the adoptions from Viet Nam can and will continue, with all possible safeguards confidently in place and fully operational.

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