Angelina Jolie has successfully completed the adoption process for her new son. The three-year-old boy (mistakingly identified as 4 by officials who observe the Chinese New Year) was picked up at 9 a.m. local time after Jolie received the official adoption agreement from the Tam Binh orphanage where the boy has been residing since November of 2003.
Local press claim that that the boy is named Pham Quang Sang and will be renamed Pak Thien Jolie. His birth name means “light” in Vietnamese and Thien means “heaven”. 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.
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, report adoption officials.
Shortly after he arrived at the orphanage, the Tam Binh staff tried unsuccessfully to locate the boy’s birth 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 partner Brad Pitt, 43, are not married, and it’s illegal in Vietnam for unwed couples to adopt together.
The couple have three children: 5-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia; 2-year-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia; and daughter, Shiloh, who was born to the couple in May of 2006.
(via US Weekly)