Adoptions by Americans were placed on hold in 2008, following the expiration of a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Vietnam. The U.S. Department of State and Vietnam’s Department of Adoptions initiated a new agreement in September 2014 allowing intercountry adoptions to resume through a special program to serve orphaned children who are older or have special needs. As of December 2021, Vietnam opened further now allowing children under age 5-years and those with minor special needs to be adopted.
Children Available for Adoption from Vietnam:
- Children ages 2-16 years of age
- Children with minor to major medical or developmental needs
- Some sibling groups
- Families may choose a gender only of children over age 5-years. For younger children with minor needs, families must be open to children of either gender
- Married couples and Single male and female applicants, age 25-55, may apply.
- Parents must be at least 20 years older than the child
- Married for at least 2 years for first marriage. At least 2.5 years for second marriage
- No more than 5 children prior to adoption
Travel: 1 trip, approximately 2-3 weeks in length