by Michael dEstries
Categories: Lifestyle.

snipshot_cpqj17wie8x.jpgIt seems Angelina Jolie’s star power might be allowing her to bend Vietnamese adoption laws. Last week, the 31-year-old actress filed papers with Vietnamese and US officials to become the child’s guardian as a single parent. However, under Vietnamese law, such circumstances are not allowed. From the article,

“Under Vietnamese law single parents who are co-habiting cannot adopt. International adoption official Tatiana Beams said: “This is a clear contradiction of Vietnamese law, and such situations would not be allowed for other couples. Most co-habiting couples who try to adopt as a single parent are either turned away from agencies or face difficulties.”

Interesting. The US department dealing with the adoption has not opposed Angelina’s actions — even though they say they “abide by Vietnamese rules when it comes to adopting from the country.” Star treatment?

Personally, the rule is a little silly — but adoption from a foreign country is generally a very difficult and time consuming process. There’s obviously some celebrity/money influence going on here. I just find it interesting that Madonna received so much flak for avoiding adoption laws in the African country of Malawi, and now Angelina is apparently doing the same thing. In regards to Madonna, she was quoted as saying, “Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law.” Hmmm….

I wonder if we’ll see her and Brad Pitt tie the knot a lot sooner if this thing blows up?

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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Andrea

    The law seems discriminatory to me. Single and/or unmarried parents can be just as good parents as married parents. If a single parent or unmarried couple can show that they have more than adequate financial resources to support a child, then the single status of the potential parents should not matter. If Angelina doesn’t want to get married, she shouldn’t marry just to be able to adopt a baby from Vietman. Why not an American baby? I’m not sure what the adoption laws are in each state, but I don’t think most states are as discriminatory.

  • Tere

    I agree that the law is discriminatory, but if that’s the law, then celebrities shouldn’t be above it.

    Also, I think a big reason Madonna got so much flak was because she adopted a boy whose dad is still alive. I mean, there are millions of kids whose parents are dead – she couldn’t pick one of them? What she did reeked a bit too much of a privileged white person taking a child from his father (even if the father is poor as dirt and uneducated – it’s his father) (and yes, I’m aware the father had placed the kid with the orphanage; still, he’s alive and could possibly have cared for his son at a later date).

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