A limited number of Vietnam adoptions may resume in the near future. Vietnam’s Department of Adoptions is currently seeking applications from U.S. adoption service providers that are Hague-accredited, according to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs on Intercountry Adoption.
Both the U.S. and Vietnam are stressing caution with this program, noting that it is in its early stages. Vietnam intends to choose only two adoption service providers from the U.S. at this point in time. Additionally, this trial program will focus on adoptions of children who fall into a number of categories that may have traditionally made adoptions less likely: children with special needs, who are older than five and those who are members of biologically related sibling groups.
Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a known adoption advocate, suggested that Vietnam adoptions could resume in the near future. International adoptions from Vietnam have not been an option for hopeful U.S. adoptive families since the adoption program was officially halted in mid-2008. The program came to a close after accusations that the international adoption program was filled with fraud, corruption and baby selling.
The news that Vietnam adoptions are set to resume is no doubt a positive message for hopeful U.S. families that are considering international adoption. However, those families are urged to exercise caution as the program gets off the ground.