Angelina and Maddox have completed the adoption ceremony with newly-named three and half year-old Pax Thien Jolie in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and will visit the US Consulate soon to obtain his passport. (Us Weekly, excerpted below, is reporting that his name is Pak according to local reports, not Pax, but that’s the only place I’ve read it and a google news search for Pax yields more results.) I kind of reported this already, but I wanted to cover more details on it that have just come to light:
Angelina Jolie has successfully completed the adoption process for her new son. The three-year-old boy (mistakingly identifed as 4 by officials who observe the Chinese New Year) was picked up at 9 a.m. local time after Jolie recieved the official adoption agreement from the Tam Binh orphanage where the boy has been residing since November of 2003.
Vietnamese press also report that Jolie’s new son cried and hid during the official ceremony, and that the actress comforted him. Jolie’s other adopted son, Maddox, was also present.
Jolie and her two children finished the ceremony by 10 a.m. local time and then returned to their hotel.
The Oscar-winning actress must now 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, the 31-year-old actress could bring the child home by the weekend, local officials told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Is it lame of me that I teared up a little when reading that the little boy cried when he was adopted? I mean, he may have been crying because he was scared to leave the only home he’d ever known or because he was overwhelmed or happy to go off to a new life. It’s sure to be hard for him, but the Jolie-Pitts can even hire a Vietnamese babysitter to translate and help out with the transition. That seems like something they would have already taken care of. I may have been crying because I’m a mom too and to think of a little boy like my son who so desperately needs a family kind of touched my heart.
You guys can talk smack about Angelina all you want, but she’s really helping this little boy, and she did it the right way. I don’t like her all the time, either, but she gets a pass for like a month for this. (I’ll be realistic.)
Congratulations to little Pak or Pax, we’ll figure out his official name soon, and to the Jolie-Pitts for their expanding family.