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The U.S. State Department published an alert on June 24th stating that :

Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announced that it has authorized U.S. accredited adoption service provider Alliance for Children to facilitate the adoption of Vietnamese children under the Special Adoption Program.

It was not made clear why this agency was selected at this time and not when the other two agencies were authorized.

While there are currently adoptions in process with Holt International and Dillon International, no adoptions have been completed yet under the new process.

In March 2014 when we first learned that Alliance For Children was hoping to be licensed in Vietnam, VVAI contacted AFC to attempt to confirm their eligibility for the program as set forth by the standards given by the Vietnamese Department of Adoption.  AFC declined to answer our questions for the record. At present their website features an announcement about their new program in Vietnam and includes the basic parameters set forth by the Vietnamese authorities, as well as contact information to learn more about their program.

Holt International has detailed information about the criteria for their program here. They are advising applicants to expect that the process may take two to three years from application to placement, on average, adding it “may take longer as this is a pilot program between Vietnam and the U.S.”

Dillon International also has detailed information about their criteria for the Vietnam program here, and provide additional information including the estimated cost on their Program Comparison Chart.

As always, VVAI strongly encourages all prospective PAP’s to research all agencies processing adoptions in Vietnam by asking questions about the agency, the in-country staff for each agency, record of adoptions before the last shut-down, in-country programs and projects, as well as each agency’s long term commitment to the country. For more information on choosing an agency, we suggest you start with this post titled “When Adoptions Begin Again.”

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.

For more information on the State Department’s notice click here.

For more information on Holt International’s Vietnam program click here.

For more information on Dillon International’s Vietnam program, click here.



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