It 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?