Category Archives: News & Events

Here you can find out some of the past and present events in the AVI & greater adoption community. If you would like to request us to post something or would like to find out if there is anything going on in your country please go to the Contact page.

We encourage you to join our social networks, especially the AVI Facebook Page (there is also a Facebook Group for members only), for regular and current updates. Please ‘like’ this page to keep in touch with the latest news and we appreciate the support. The AVI FB Page can be found here: AVI Facebook Page.

AVI site upgrades planned 2021 – 2025

Hello AVI members!

Our beloved website was planned to be updated throughout 2020 but delayed due to covid-19. In the next five years incremental updates will still be added by Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Dr Bert Ballard and a team of volunteer research assistants.  To keep in touch the AVI public FB community page and private FB discussion group on social media are still posting in regularly with content and information relevant to what we do.

As you know we’ve been operation since April 2000 and moved from the good old days of Yahoogroups and AOL Chat to using Social Media platforms like Facebook (see menu for links to our community page and private group with over 1000 members still active weekly).

There’s a lot going on in our FB Discussion group every week! We’ve circulated news about Vietnamese adoptee get togethers, meetings with Operation Babylift pilots and others involved, shared written research and other writings, assisted and supported our friends search for birth/first parents, some successfully, and shared regular news and events going on in Vietnam, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.

So thanks for keeping our community buzzing with information, good will and knowledge.  Keep in touch on FB!

Dr Bert Ballard Visit to Australia

Dr Bert Ballard is a Vietnamese adoptee and Communications Researcher who is currently on sabbatical visiting Australia. He has been visiting the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney doing interviews with adoptees and is also collecting data on their experiences once. His research also extends to first parents in Vietnam and others. See his recruitment notice below:

He writes – For those interested in my research project with:
– Older Australian adoptees (especially VADs, but all welcome)
– Birth parents in Vietnam
– Adults who were separated from family during the Vietnam Conflict (1965-75) but not adopted and still living in Vietnam

The form is here:

If you would like to see the full call for participants or are having issues with the form, PM me or email me at and I will forward it along.

Please share with anyone who might be interested or anyone who might have connections. Much appreciated!

Dr Bert Ballard visit to Australia 2018 – Photo on the Gold Coast where he is a visiting researcher at Griffith University hosted by Dr Patricia Fronek and collaborating with Dr Indigo Willing OAM from the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

Dr Bert Ballard (VN adoptee and communications researcher), Dr Indigo Willing OAM (VN adoptee, social researcher and AVI founder), Anna Princess Kopeikin (Jigsaw Rep and Social Work degree candidate), Hinanyi Scanlon and her partner, and Tamru Leckenby (Ethiopian adoptee) at recent adoptee catch up. Many of us met through Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) and Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV) founded by VN adoptee Lynelle Beveridge.

2018 almost over! Let’s get ready for 2019!


Dr Indigo Willing, Founder of AVI. Greetings 2018 / 2019 plans ahead.

Hello and long time, no posts! The AVI website and blog has been in archive mode for the past couple of years as the rise of social media and smart phones rapidly changed how we communicate. Our activities have mostly moved to our AVI FB Community Page and AVI FB Discussion Group where there are over 1000 members, new posts by members almost weekly. On the discussion group especially, there are lots of fun Vietnamese adoptee tips on travel, historical orphanage photos, tips on searching and current news, events and research shared by VN adoptees from around the world. However, in 2019 we will be working towards updating this website incrementally and progressively when windows of time are available. If you have info you would like to share or ideas join our discussion group or ‘like’ our community page and create a post or send us a message.  Thank you everyone for your active involvement and support for over 18 years now (AVI was founded in April 2000 on the 25th anniversary of Operation Babylift and the end of the Viet Nam / American War).

Best wishes
Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Founder – Adopted Vietnamese International, Social Researcher, Community Volunteer and Vietnamese Adoptee.

April 2016 – 41st Anniversary of Operation Babylift and end of Vietnam War

Sending warm and supportive thoughts to all our friends and peers who were part of Operation Babylift, April 1975 and adopted from the Vietnam War era and the following period immediately after. It’s a very meaningful and important historical month for everyone adopted from Vietnam, before, during and after OBL, as it marks the close of the Vietnam War era that shaped all our lives forever. Peace, respect and supportive energies to you all this month.

The AVI website is in need of a big update when time permits but there’s a range of archival material for people interested in reading about some of its history and if you are a Vietnamese adoptee, here is:-

– An Archive AVI Page Dedicated to Operation Babylift

– A private FB group for all Vietnamese adoptees (from the War and post-war era), for us and by us to connect Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) Facebook Group and our public AVI FB Community Page

– A special AVI collection of international essays and poems by Vietnamese adoptees written on the 35th Anniversary and still relevant and moving today here

April 2015: Edited collection of scholarly essays on adoption debates

Includes research by Vietnamese adoptees, editors include Dr Bert Ballard, a Vietnamese adoptee in the USA and with a co-written chapter by Dr Patricia Fronek, Prof. Denise Cuthbert and AVI’s founder Dr Indigo Willing OAM who is an Australian researcher and Vietnamese adoptee:

The Intercountry Adoption Debate

Dialogues Across Disciplines

Editor(s):Robert L. Ballard, Naomi H. Goodno, Robert F. Cochran, Jay A. Milbrandt
Inter country Adoption Debate


April 2015: Vietnamese.Adopted, new book, edited by Adam Chau

Our adopted Vietnamese occasion for speaking – edited by Adam Chau and with various Vietnamese adoptee authors from around the world (including Indigo Willing, founder of AVI)

Vietnamese.Adopted book

Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices is a group of writings each in their own form and style, un-censored in content or subject matter, allowing each person to speak on what being a Vietnamese Adoptee, Adopted Vietnamese, or Vietnamese War Orphan, is to them, as well as in relation to the greater Vietnamese and World communities. Shaped by their own experiences, observations, country, and language, it is the goal of this book to make these narratives, opinions, and perspectives available to the greater Adopted and Vietnamese communities.

40th Anniversary of end of Vietnam War & Operation Babylift

The AVI team would like to send their thoughts to everyone who was part of Operation Babylift in April 1975 which refers to a series of airlifts of thousands of children from Vietnamese orphanages to the West. April 1975 also marks the close of the Vietnam War era adoptions, and the end of the war so it is also a profoundly meaningful time for all individuals who were adopted because of the war and its social consequences both before, during and after 1975.  Indeed, many such children were adopted from Vietnam into Western families from 1955 up to the ‘boat refugee’ migrants in the 1980s.  AVI would like to acknowledge all these individuals at this time.

AVI plans to feature a series of photos from 40th anniversary reunions of adoptees, and some of their thoughts in the near future.

For more regular and current updates on media articles, events and more related to the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War’s end and Operation Babylift please visit our AVI public FB Community page at:

We acknowledge and welcome the newer generations who follow as well into the Viet adoptee community. Connect, empower, renew.

ABC’s Foreign Correspondent call for adoptees

If you are adopted from Vietnam, the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent is keen to do a story featuring your voices. There is also a range of other posts and info to check out. Our AVI FB group now has over 700 members. This group is set up by Vietnamese adoptees, for Vietnamese adoptees. Membership includes people from Australia and globally. Visit the official website web, go to:

AVI skateboard competition/giveaway – closes 30 January 2014

AVI skateboard competition/giveaway

Share the link below and donate any amount to the Vietnam Volunteer Network (VVN) to go in the draw to win a great skateboard package! Even as little as a dollar, every bit counts.

*Due to posting and handling costs we can only give the prize away to residents in Australia. Giveaway closes 30 Jan 2014.

Prize is a MEOW skateboard prize with Trinity trucks and Spitfire wheels donated from Extreme Skates, QLD – to raise awareness and funds for the Vietnam Volunteer Network (VVN) whose work includes assisting kids at Trung Tâm Nuôi Dưỡng Bảo Trợ Trẻ Em Gò Vấp (Go Vap orphanage) in Vietnam as well as those affected by landmines and Agent Orange.

Prize donated by Dr Indigo Willing OAM, a former Vietnamese orphanage resident, AVI founder, social researcher and supporter of communities having a say, giving back when they can, and valuing ways to channel good energy towards others

Happy New Year of the Snake 2013!!!!

Hi folks and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with a range of public announcements posted up over at – including a screening of Operation Babylift in California soon.

Later this year there might also to be a couple of AVI online projects open to international members from around the world. One will be ‘What I love’ type photo e-gallery exhibit asking for contributions. Another will be a fundraiser co-organized with Kim Nguyen Browne for projects connected to the Vietnam Volunteer Network (VVN) & with myself and additional support over at AVI. Official website for all auction items and the contributors coming soon! More about VVN is on their website:

Best wishes Indigo, Founder,
AVI and the AVI team.

October to November 2012 – Melbourne Adoption Conference

Global, November 2012

Thank you to Australian adoptee Dave Medhurst and family for sharing updated photos of the Theosophic Thong Thien Hoc orphanage from his recent trip back to visit his Vietnamese family. Read more here.

Melbourne October 2012

Vietnamese adoptees Dr Indigo Willing and Dominic Golding joined Korean adoptees HeeRa Heaser and Dr Jessica Walton for a panel talk chaired by Korean adoptee author and activist Jane Jeong Trenka in Melbourne, October 2012.  The panel talk was part of the 10th Australian Adoption Conference. See Day 1 and Day 2 of the program here.  In a later presentation, a key note featuring Jane Jeong Trenka, a call for signatures for a petition to include overseas mothers in an apology to mothers also featured at the conference.

Don’t forget to visit the AVI Facebook Page for more regular updates about what’s going on in our community.