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.
Children Available for Adoption from Vietnam:
- Children 5 and older
- Children with medical or developmental needs
- Some sibling groups
- Some of the special needs may include cleft lip and palate; HIV infection; blindness in one or both eyes; deafness; missing fingers, hands or foot; heart disease; and conditions requiring lifelong care.
- Families may choose a gender
- Married couples and single 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 3 years for second marriage
- No more than 5 children prior to adoption
Travel: 1 trip, approximately 2-3 weeks in length
Timeline: To be determined. We will update this timeline as families move through the program and bring their children home.