Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie was expected to adopt a 3-year-old Vietnamese boy on 15 March 2007, officials said.
The star, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on the night of 14 March, was expected to attend an adoption ceremony with Vietnamese officials the next morning, according to adoption officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the matter.
After she receives the child, Jolie will meet with U.S. consular officials, who must review the adoption before a passport can be issued for the boy.
If all goes according to plan, Jolie could take the child home by the weekend, officials said.
The boy has been living at the Tam Binh orphanage on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City since he was abandoned at a hospital as an infant, according to adoption officials.
Shortly after he arrived at the orphanage, the Tam Binh staff tried unsuccessfully to locate the boy’s biological parents.
The boy is healthy, friendly and a little bit shy, they said. He gets along well with other children and loves to play soccer.
Jolie filed adoption papers as a single parent, because she and her superstar partner Brad Pitt are not married.
They have three children: 5-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia; 2-year-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia; and another daughter, Shiloh, who was born to the couple in May.
The pair made a surprise visit to the Tam Binh orphanage at Thanksgiving, when they were spotted cruising around Ho Chi Minh City on a motorbike. Their pictures were splashed across Vietnamese newspapers and magazines.
Vietnam suspended its adoption programs for several years due to concerns that children were being trafficked and exploited. After the government implemented new regulations to address those concerns, the United States and Vietnam signed a new adoption agreement in 2005.
U.S. adoptions resumed last year, and since then a growing number of Americans have been coming to Vietnam for children. More than 450 U.S. adoptions have been processed since January 2006.
Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has traveled extensively to countries in the developing world.