It’s time to get the pens out and dial the phones again, folks. From an email received tonight from JCICS:

Dear Families, Friends and Colleagues,
Senators Landrieu and Coleman, along with other Members of Congress, are continuing to show their support of ensuring every child’s right to a permanent, safe, and loving family.  As part of their commitment, they will be forwarding a letter to Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam.  This letter will encourage Vietnam’s continued participation in negotiations related to the new bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption.  The letter will express Congressional support for the continuation of intercountry adoption and will emphasize the importance of the transition to a Hague-compliant system and a new bilateral treaty.
Between Monday, January 5th and Wednesday, January 7th, individuals can support this important initiative through the following methods.  Please note that many of the Congressional offices will be closed for periods of time throughout the Holiday Season.  Please be sure to contact your Congressional offices between January 5th and 7th.
  1. Contact your Congressional Representatives and Senators and ask them to sign the letter to the Prime Minister of Vietnam regarding the future of intercountry adoptions from Vietnam.  Also, not that if they are interested in signing, they should contact Sarada Peri from Senator Landrieu’s office ( by Wednesday, January 7th.  For a list of Senators and Congressman that have signed the letter as of the time of this writing, please see below.
You can find your Senators’ phone numbers and email address at
You can find your Representatives’ phone numbers and email address at
Please note that many of the Congressional offices will be closed for periods of time throughout the Holiday Season.
  1. Send a notice of support (and ensure that you receive updates on this initiative) via the Joint Council website.  To finalize your message, you will need to follow the steps below.
    1. Click here to go to Joint Council’s Webpage
      1. Please note that this is a donation and sign-up page.  This initiative is not an appeal for a donation.
    2. Once on this page, please click, “Sign me up for Joint Council news.”
    3. Under the communications preferences, select the drop down menu for “Newsflashes and Updates.”
    4. Click “Sign me up.”
    5. Fill in your information
    6. Under the comment section type “Letter to Vietnam Prime Minister.”
Joint Council will also be forwarding the names of individual who contact us to Senators Landrieu and Coleman.
  1. Contact your friends and family encouraging them to join the effort.  Please feel free to forward this email to all interested parties.
The letter to the Prime Minister can only be successful with your help! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joint Council staff via
Please note the following Senators have already signed the letter to the Prime Minister of Vietnam:
Senator Landrieu
Senator Coleman
Senator Oberstar
Senator Lincoln
Senator Lautenberg
Senator Menendez
Senator Kerry
Senator Johnson
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Akaka
Senator Roberts
Senator Murkowski
Senator Durbin
Senator Klobuchar
Please note the following Representatives have already signed the letter to the Prime Minister of Vietnam:
Rep. Jim Oberstar
Rep. Scott Garrett
Rep. Jerry Costello
Best wishes,

TOM DIFILIPO – President & CEO – Joint Council

Kudos to Senator Lincoln for signing the letter ahead of the pack. I like  to think that the prodding and phone calls from my district during the past year have led to her proactive stance on this issue. Now, how about Pryor & Snyder and all the rest? Get on the horn people. It’s time to make ourselves heard.



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2 responses to “VIETNAM: CALL TO ACTION

  1. Jen

    Thanks for posting this! We will be sure to kick our Senator in the pants 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you posted this…I’ll be marking my calendar right now.

    We want to be able to adopt from VN again so badly. It breaks my heart that it might not happen.


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