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“According to information we received, Vietnamese government officials reported that the recent intercountry adoption talks between Maura Harty of the U.S. Department of State and the Vietnamese government were productive.”: A walk down memory lane

Update: We’re now at 23 pledges/$1,100.

Happy Monday everyone!  It’s a good day here at Land of Gazillion Adoptees.  I’m pleased to announce that the “Let’s Give Away $10,000” drive has surpassed the 20 pledges/$1,000 mark.  The generosity of 22 individuals/families have helped us to reach $1,050!  Boom!

So, do you want to join the effort?  You will NOT have to send the donation until we’ve obtained the $10,000.  You can also pledge whatever amount is appropriate for you if the requested $50 doesn’t work; participation is key.  (For example, a couple of individuals have offered to give $25 instead.)  If you’re interested, please e-mail me at kostvollmers(at)gmail.com.  Thanks in advance!

And for Minnesota adoptees who run adoptee organizations, are working on adoption related projects, etc., I would strongly encourage you to start thinking about how you want to compete for the $10,000.  I’m certain we’ll reach the funding goal sooner than later.

Okay.  Moving on.  This week at LGA, we’re going retro, baby!  Let’s look at history!  To begin, I offer some stuff floating around on Google that explains why there remains a number of folks who question my motivations.

Ah, the memories…

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“Our goal is to be your adoption agency of choice by providing you with long-term, professional, and client focused services that respond quickly and knowledgeably to protect the best interests of children and to address your concerns as prospective adoptive parents. We recognize that adoptive parents are the most important resource for children in need of permanent families and our commitment is to join with you in the shared mission of providing a child with a loving home.” (source)

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“According to information we received, Vietnamese government officials reported that the recent intercountry adoption talks between Maura Harty of the U.S. Department of State and the Vietnamese government were productive. The two parties discussed a possible agreement that could end the intercountry adoption moratorium by the beginning of 2005. Vietnamese officials are sending the proposed agreement to their governing body, and they are optimistic that processing for special needs adoption for waiting children could begin in early next year and that infant adoptions could follow soon thereafter.” (source)

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“Hello,

My name is Kevin D. Ost-Vollmers.  I am an adopted person and also am a part of the CHSFS staff.  I’m working in the Washington, DC area, helping with the Adoption Service Information Agency(ASIA)/CHSFS partnership…

I, too, am interested in what adopted persons have to say about the “Goodbye Baby” piece.  I personally think that it does well in capturing the conflict some feel about the question of whether adoption has been a positive or negative for Guatemala.” (source)

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