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New Program Off To Small, Slow Start

In their report published earlier this year, the Department of State Office of Children’s Issues published the following statistics about adoptions in Vietnam between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016:

DOS VN stats chart (2)

Thirteen adoptions were finalized in the first year of the new program.

The “Average Days to Completion” of those adoptions was 304 days.

The median fees were $16,072.

*Note: The chart is incorrect in stating that Vietnam is not a Hague Adoption Convention Country. Vietnam joined the Hague Adoption Convention in 2014. The correct information can be found on the Department’s page on Vietnam.

Christina Chronister

Christina has adopted two children from SE Asia in 2002 and 2006. Her experience adopting at the time of the U.S. shutdown in Cambodia was eye-opening and led to the creation of a parent-led advocacy group which successfully lobbied for the review and subsequent approval of hundreds of adoptions caught in the pipeline. Her involvement, which included meeting with State Department officials and working with members of Congress, did not end when all the pipeline cases were resolved. Rather it became clear that accountability was sadly lacking in adoptions around the world. The most vulnerable (and yet the most vital) parties in adoptions – children and families – were underrepresented at the table in nearly every discussion. In 2006 she co-founded Voices for Vietnam Adoption Integrity to continue to raise awareness of the need for ethical practices at every step of the adoption process. In 2018 Voices for Vietnam Adoption Integrity changed their name to Voices for Adoption Integrity, recognizing that the struggle is not limited to any one country or program.

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