Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Angelina Jolie's Vietnam Adoption Nearly Completed

US Great Actress Angelina Jolie's adoption application is being processed quickly and she could pick up her new three-year-old son within a few weeks, Vietnam's top adoption official said today.

"Officials in Ho Chi Minh City are reviewing her file and should complete their work by the end of the month at the latest," said Vu Duc Long, director of Vietnam's International Adoption Department.

"Ms Jolie can pick up the child anytime after the application is approved," he said.

"The child was abandoned at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital as a baby and then taken to the nearby Tam Binh orphanage, where he has lived ever since," said Nguyen Van Trung, the orphanage director.

Shortly after he arrived at the orphanage, the Tam Binh staff tried unsuccessfully to locate the boy's birth parents.

"The adoption is being processed quickly because the boy is an older child, and his files were nearly complete before Jolie decided to adopt," Trung said.

Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt have three children: five-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia; two-year-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia; and another daughter, Shiloh, who was born to the couple in May.