A Holt International Children’s Services Blog post today highlight’s their Vietnam program. The post gives a bit more information than previously on their site, and it also features a specific waiting child, “Demetria” a little girl who is not yet 2 years old.
To read more about the program, or see the little girl featured on the blog post, read the full article here.
In a joint press release received from Holt International and Dillon International by VVAI today;
Leaders from the two agencies met this week with Terrence West, Deputy Consular Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss how the agencies and Department of State can cooperate to help the most vulnerable children.
Representative’s from both agencies commented on the program and their agencies participation in it.
“We look forward to working closely with the Department of State as they continue to provide strong leadership and support for this initiative,” said Susan Soonkeum Cox, vice president of policy and external affairs at Holt.
“Our goal is to find families for these waiting children, and we are so appreciative of the support of the U.S. State Department and the Department of Adoptions in Vietnam,” said Kyle Tresch, executive director of Dillon.
Visit Dillon International’s blog to read the press release.
The Department of State yesterday posted a notice regarding recent clarifications on the part of the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice.
According to MOJ/DA, healthy children who live outside of orphanages currently do not qualify for the Special Adoption Program, even if they are aged five or older or are in biological sibling groups.
The MOJ/DA further stated that children in residential care must have a “List 2″ designation to be referred for inter-country adoption. And, according to the notice, “Only provincial Departments of Justice are authorized to register as “List 2” children resident at government child care facilities.” However, “Children not registered as “List 2”, but who have disabilities or life threatening diseases, and children with HIV/AIDS, may be eligible for intercountry adoption.” In those cases, the MOJ may contact the provincial DOJ after first ascertaining that the prospective adoptive parents qualify and ask if there are children who meet those criteria. From there, “The child’s guardian must submit documentation verifying the medical condition of the child as well as go through the full legal relinquishment process in Vietnam.”
The State Department’s notice also reiterated the requirement that all prospective adopters go through one of the two approved agencies, Holt International or Dillon International. Holt currently has two waiting children from Vietnam posted on their website, both of whom have significant special needs. Dillon’s Waiting Child page is password protected, and we do not know if they currently have any children from Vietnam on their photo listing.
Clarification (9/24): As was stated in our earlier post, Dillon will accept applicants up to 55 years of age. Also, Dillon lists the time from application to placement as “To Be Determined”.
Holt International has confirmed that the fees listed at the link below are up to date. The adoption fee for Vietnam, which is country-specific and doesn’t include general agency fees, is listed at $11,360.
Dillon International reports that they have had “tremendous interest” in response to news about the new Vietnam adoption program. They are hosting webinars to help answer people’s questions. The next webinar will be Sunday, September 21st at 2pm Central Time (3pm Eastern, 12 noon Pacific). They have also posted this short video to answer the most frequently asked questions:
Holt International has also updated their website with more information about their program. The following information was added to their Vietnam page:
On September 16, 2014, Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority granted Holt International a license to facilitate international adoption for children with special needs, children older than 5 years old and children who are part of singling groups — effectively ending a 6-year moratorium on adoption from Vietnam to the U.S. In addition, Holt continues to keep or place children in families in Vietnam through family strengthening and preservation, reunification and domestic adoption services. Working in partnership with the government of Vietnam, Holt provides emergency assistance, counseling and the basic financial, health, nutritional and educational support needed to stabilize struggling households.
They have also added a table listing the basic criteria for Vietnam adoptions. Like Dillon, Holt accepts married couples (minimum 2 years of marriage) and singles, between the ages of 25 and 50 years of age. Holt lists the maximum family size as 4 children, asking those with more than 4 children to contact them for guidance. They expect both parents to travel and that the trip will take 2-3 weeks. Holt anticipates it will take two to three years from application to placement. Holt International’s adoption fees are listed here, though it is unclear whether this chart has been updated since the new program was announced. Families interested in learning about Holt’s Vietnam program are encouraged to contact Jessica Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to post updates as we receive them.