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Vietnam Authorizes U.S. Adoption Service Providers – Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program Commenced September 16, 2014

Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announced that it has authorized two U.S. adoption service providers to facilitate intercountry adoptions in Vietnam. On September 16, the Ministry of Justice officially presented the licenses to two U.S. adoption service providers – Dillon International and Holt International Children’s Services, which were selected to operate intercountry adoption program for children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups (Special Adoption Program). This event also marks the effective date for the United States to start processing Hague Convention adoptions from Vietnam through the Special Adoption Program.

Inter-country adoption between the United States and Vietnam has been inactive since 2008. Since that time, Vietnam has strengthened its commitment to reforming its adoption system. The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Convention) entered into force for Vietnam on February 1, 2012. The Government of Vietnam has taken a number of steps to improve its implementation of the Convention, particularly in adoptions of children with special needs and for older children and biological sibling groups. A new adoption law, implementing decree, and related circulars have been passed and are being implemented. The United States welcomes Vietnam’s efforts to enhance its child welfare and intercountry adoption system and has now determined that, through the Special Adoption Program, it will be able to process Convention adoptions from Vietnam. However, the United States will not process Convention adoptions from Vietnam that fall outside the parameters of Vietnam’s Special Adoption Program.

For more information on intercountry adoption between the United States and Vietnam, please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/learn-about-a-country/vietnam.html.