91 European Families Pick Up Adopted Children In Vietnam

Last Saturday, 91 families from Europe officially received their adopted children in Vietnam.
October 26, 2021 | 09:51

The total 91 families have traveled from Europe to HCMC to pick up 92 Vietnamese children they had adopted.

The Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the administration in Ho Chi Minh City and 22 other cities and provinces held a ceremony in the city last Saturday for families from eight European countries to officially receive the children they had adopted from these localities.

According to vnexpress, the ceremony saw parents from France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain and Sweden collect the children, of whom 31 live in HCMC, according to the government’s news portal.

At the event, Minister Mai Luong Khoi thanked all adoptive parents for having traveled a long way to Vietnam despite the complicated pandemic situation across the world.

At the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Justice Mai Luong Khoi and Mr. Ngo Minh Chau, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City handed over the adoption decision to the adoptive parents' families.

Speaking to acknowledge and appreciate the proactive and active coordination of stakeholders in successfully organizing this adoption ceremony, Deputy Minister Mai Luong Khoi emphasized: “This handover ceremony is a great event. The beginning of a new life is warm and happy, not only for the grandchildren but also for their parents and family members. This will nurture the children's souls to develop more and better."

91 European Families Pick Up Adopted Children In Vietnam
The second adoption ceremony was held solemnly and meaningfully at Convention Center 272, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: thoidai.com.

Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam Pilar Méndez Jiménez said this is an opportunity for countries to strengthen cooperation, and that the children would be the bridge to unite nations for mutual development.

Representing parents at the ceremony, Sampol Agnes from France said the adoptive parents would do the best they could to raise and educate the children so they could develop to the fullest, both physically and mentally.

She added they are committed to submitting full reports on the children’s development to the Justice Ministry and when conditions allow, take the children back to Vietnam to visit their homeland, Phap Luat newspaper reported.

This is the second time the ministry has organized a program for foreign parents to adopt Vietnamese children. The first time last November had seen 36 European families adopt 37 Vietnamese children.

According to statistics, thousands of unlucky children with special circumstances have been adopted every year in Vietnam.

In the past two years, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, many cases have completed the procedures at the competent agencies, but the adoptive parents abroad cannot come to Vietnam to complete the procedures for receiving the children under Vietnam's regulations.

91 European Families Pick Up Adopted Children In Vietnam
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Vietnam expressed his respect to the Government of Vietnam.

In 2021, the Ministry of Justice has proactively and actively coordinated with ministries and related agencies to discuss and make a plan to welcome foreign parents into Vietnam for adoption.

Deputy Minister Mai Luong Khoi thanked the adoptive parents who had traveled a long way amid the COVID-19 pandemic to come to Vietnam to pick up children and to give them warm families.

At the ceremony, many children from 3 to 6 years old burst into laughter while playing with their foreign foster parents. Some children even held their parents' hands and went up on stage to play with balloons. Besides, there were still children who are strange and cry even though the adoptive parents try to find ways to ease them.

The family of Ms. Ott Monika (Germany) was very happy with the 3-year-old boy that she adopted. She shared that although she had three children, she still wanted to have a larger family, so the couple decided to adopt another Vietnamese child.

After a long flight, she set foot on Ho Chi Minh City to pick up the kid. What she was very surprised was that her child showed happiness and played comfortably with her.

Among the foreign parents, Mr and Mrs. Antonio are overseas Vietnamese in Norway. They have been married for 14 years but have no children. Six years ago, they started contacting organizations to find adoption.

"Today is the first day I become a father of a 4-year-old boy, my wife and I feel very happy. I know I will worry a lot, but I believe that my family will have a complete and loving home. ", Mr. Antonio shared.

Also, Vietnam has demonstrated its efforts in fully and properly implementing its commitments on ensuring, protecting and enforcing human and child rights under international treaties which Vietnam is a member, thereby enhancing the image and position of Vietnam in the eyes of friends and the international community.

Previously, in November 2020, with the consent of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Justice coordinated with the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, ministries and agencies at the central level and the People's Committees of 11 provinces and cities to organize the first phase of the assignment receiving 37 children in 11 states and cities for 36 adoptive parents from 7 European Union countries, the delivery ceremony was solemnly held in Ho Chi Minh City. After the success of the above-mentioned adoption, foreign adoptive parents and embassies appreciate the goodwill and humanity of organizing foreign families coming to Vietnam to complete the procedures of child delivery and adoption under conditions that must ensure the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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