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Creixer Junts (CJ) - Our Adoption Agency

Yesterday morning, David and I had an appointment at Creixer Junts, our adoption agency. We were welcomed by E, the contactperson for Vietnam.

Creixer Junts was founded in 1997 in Palma de Mallorca and has three offices; in Mallorca, in Madrid and in Barcelona. Apart from Vietnam CJ also has licences to mediate in Rusia, Philipines, Serbia, Poland and Senegal. "Creixer Junts" is Catalan for "Growing together".
Check out their website for more information (only available in Spanish).

E. called us saying she wanted to meet us as we are interested in signing a contract with CJ and she likes to get to know the families. Apart from that, E. wanted to inform us about the latest situation in Vietnam.
Ever since we are part of the watsapp group from Creixer Junts, we already received a lot of information, so it didn´t come as a surprise when E informed us about the changes in Vietnam.

Untill recently the adoptions from Vietnam were cons…
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Waiting....again.....
Since the phonecall from our ECAI that we are third in line to sign the contract there has been no movement at all.
No new pre-assigments for the people who are waiting so no new contracts to be signed. Theoretically it should be signed in the first trimester so we still have two more weeks left untill this month is over...

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Movies& Documentaries about Adoption

There are a lot of films and documentaries about adoption. Some of them are recomended to us by the institution that provided the training, some of them I found elsewhere (mainly searching on the internet). Please note that the blog entries on these films and documentaries are personal opinions.

5. Hijos del corazón (Documental) - 2006


Descubrí este documental como muchos otros documentales descritos en este blog; por coincidencia. Buscando en YouTube a una película que me habían recomendado me di por casualidad con el primer capitulo de este documental de Tve 1, que en total cuenta con 8 capítulos. Siendo del 2006 me echó un poco para atrás porque ya hacia mas de 11 años, pero decidí ver el primer capitulo para ver que tal. Y quien lo iba a decir que me gustó tanto que ya la primera tarde vi 5 capítulos de golpe!

Este documental sigue a varias familias:
Una familia con 5 hijos adoptados en Rusia, Marruecos y ChinaUna pareja que han decidido adoptar…
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TÊT NGUYEN DAN(Vietnamese New Year)
Today is New Year in Vietnam (New lunar year starts today; the year of the dog).
Or, as the Vietnamese call it; "Festivals of the New Year" or "Lunar New Year" which is normally around the end of January / beginning of February when it´s the first new moon. It marks the beginning of spring.

Festivities begin the night before Têt with a family reunión dinner (with special dishes such as dried Young bamboo soup, boiled chicken, roasted nuts & sedes, sticky rice, etc). Bringing good luck is one of the priorities of this day because the Vietnamese believe that this day will determine what will happen during the whole year. They believe that the first person to enter a household can determine that family´s fortune for the entire year, so we are thinking about inviting the contact person from the adoption agency to bring some luck 😉
The festivities will last for 9 to 15 days and most businesses will be closed during the Têt. One can fi…
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The Game of Life
On friday morning we received a call from the adoption agency of our choice. They informed us that we are 3rd in line to sign a contract with them for our adoption in Vietnam. This means that there are two applicants before us waiting to sign. We will move up the list when a child is assigned to appilicants that have signed a contract and have been waiting for some time (remember that the average waiting time is 24 months).
The adoption agency does this so that there are not too many people waiting to adopt. We were told that we will propably sign in the first quarter of this year. Untill then we can prepare some paperwork that is easy to get; a copy of our marriage liscence, a small picture book of us, etc. We only have to gather all other papers -that are likely to expire (certificate of good behaviour, birth certificate, etc) - once we get a child assigned to us, so no need to stress about that now.

David said that it feels like we´re playing "The Game of Life&qu…
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Movies& Documentariesabout Adoption

There are a lot of films and documentaries about adoption. Some of them are recomended to us by the institution that provided the training, some of them I found elsewhere (mainly searching on the internet). Please note that the blog entries on these films and documentaries are personal opinions.

4. A simple piece of paper (Documentary) - 2011

As described on the official documentary website, this documentary is about the following: "Most adoptees in the America are never allowed to have the record of their own birth. But in the last fifteen years, a number of states have reversed sealed records laws. From Oregon to Maine, thousands of adoptees have now received their records, and a number of states are considering similar legislation". "In 2011, Illinois became the largest state in the Union to provide adoptees this right, providing 350,000 adoptees access to their records. A Simple Piece of Paper examines the impact of the release of…