Department of International Adoptions, Vietnam accredited Asian Children's Services Vietnam Humanitarian Corp
from RoseMarie Battisti,
Executive Director, Asian Children Services Humanitarian Corp
Dear Friends of Asian Children Services,
After much careful thought and discussion I have come to the decision to phase out ACS's Viet Nam adoption program. As you may know, ACS supported our programs throughout the 3 1/2 year shutdown due to your generosity and the financial sacrifice of my family and staff.
Receiving our license from the Ministry of Justice in January 2006 was a proud accomplishment and as this year has progressed, we have been able to place all of the children who were in our program at the time of the shutdown, as well as new children .
Finding families for these children is of course what we work for. In 1993, when I was invited to Viet Nam to help find families for these orphans, we were honored to be part of that important task. Throughout the years I am happy to say that my staff and I have assisted over 350 children find their families.
During this past year there have been at least 36 American adoption agencies that have been licensed to work in Viet Nam. Adoption agencies from other countries are licensed as well, and combined, this totals nearly 60 agencies. In addition to this large number, the Vietnamese government is also taking welcome steps to encourage more adoptions by Vietnamese families.
All of these changes have led me to feel that our efforts are more needed by other less-served members of Vietnamese society. Therefore ACSVHC will phase out our adoption programs and maintain some of our humanitarian programs. It is my hope that we will be able to continue our projects with the elderly and our registration project for the residents of the boat villages in Thai Binh Province that is being accomplished in cooperation with their Department of Justice.
It has been both an honor and a humbling experience to be a part of the fabric of many of the stories of how the ACS families came to be. Each one of the children we have helped to bring home is very special to us.
If you are interested in supporting our humanitarian programs in Viet Nam, we would graciously welcome your donation. We will continue to update our web site so that you can follow our progress.
Asian Children Services VHC