Special Adoption Program

Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program Commenced September 16, 2014.

Beginning September 16, 2014, adoptions to the United States from Vietnam are only possible under the Hague Convention through the Special Adoption Program, limited to children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups. Children who live outside of orphanages currently do not qualify for the special adoption program.

Intercountry adoption between the United States and Vietnam was inactive from 2008 to 2012. During this period, Vietnam has strengthened its commitment to reforming its adoption system. The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) entered into force for Vietnam on February 1, 2012. The Government of Vietnam has taken a number of steps to improve its implementation of the Convention, particularly in adoptions of children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups. A new adoption law, implementing decrees, and related circulars have been passed and are being implemented. The United States welcomes Vietnam’s efforts to enhance its child welfare and intercountry adoption system and has determined that, through the Special Adoption Program, it will be able to process Convention adoptions from Vietnam. However, the United States will not process Convention adoptions from Vietnam that fall outside the parameters of Vietnam’s Special Adoption Program.

As Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice has authorized three U.S. adoption service providers – Dillon International, Holt International Children’s Services, and The Alliance for Children – to facilitate intercountry adoptions in Vietnam. All immigrant visas for adopted children are handled by the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. For more information on intercountry adoptions between the United States and Vietnam, please visit the State Department adoption website.