|Inter-country adoption between the United States and Viet Nam has been suspended since 2008 due to concerns over a lack of oversight.— Photo nongnghiep.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The US Embassy yesterday announced Viet Nam's Central Adoption Authority under the Ministry of Justice has authorised two US service providers to facilitate inter-country adoptions in Viet Nam following a six-year hiatus.
The Justice Ministry officially presented the licences to two US adoption service providers – Dillon International and Holt International Children's Services.
The event yesterday also marked the beginning of the US's bid to start processing Hague Convention adoptions from Viet Nam through its Special Adoption Program.
Under the new agreement, Americans will be able to adopt children with special needs, those aged five and older and those in sibling groups.
Inter-country adoption between the United States and Viet Nam has been suspended since 2008 due to concerns over a lack of oversight.
Since that time, Viet Nam has ratified the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation and revised its Law on Adoption in 2012.
In February 2013, a US congressional delegation came to Viet Nam to discuss issues relating to child welfare and the resumption of a child adoption between the two countries.
At the time, the US congressmen applauded the tremendous efforts taken by Viet Nam to enhance the country's child welfare system and strengthen its commitment to reforming the child adoption scheme.
According to statistics from the Bureau of Consular Affairs on the US Department of State's website, the number of US adoptions from Viet Nam reached 1,739 between 2006-08. — VNS