I don’t know about anyone else, but “growing wave of American parents adopting in Vietnam” brings some pretty scary images to mind. Something else that’s disturbing me is I consistently see sentences like, “With adoption is growing more difficult in China and elsewhere, many American and European adoptive parents are turning to Vietnam.”
I’ve said it too, so I’m not complaining about it being said, but it does make me consider why it’s being said. As a Vietnamese adoptee, I kind of want to get snippy about it and ask, “Ooookay, so Viet kids are like a last resort option or what?”
I guess thanks to Brad, Angelina and the fact that the more trendy ones are harder to get, Vietnamese adoptees are becoming all the rage.
In March, when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt adopted a Vietnamese child, they created one of the biggest media circuses the country had ever seen. But while they were surely the most famous foreigners to adopt in Vietnam, they were hardly the only ones. With adoption is growing more difficult in China and elsewhere, many American and European adoptive parents are turning to Vietnam. In Hanoi, Matt Steinglass has more.
The newest addition to their family is a little Vietnamese girl named Oriana.
“She’s six months. And just over five months when we got her. So we’ve had almost a month together,” said Cerise.
Jeff and Cerise are part of a growing wave of American parents adopting in Vietnam. Americans adopted 312 Vietnamese babies in the last six months of 2006.