HA NOI (VNS)— As many as 123 children with special needs have been adopted by foreigners over the past two years under a pilot programme to find families for the kids.
However, the figure is small compared with the 1,088 children with special needs being raised at childcare centres in four pilot localities of Ha Noi, HCM City, central Da Nang City and southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
Deputy Home Affairs Minister Dinh Trung Tung told a workshop held here yesterday to review the programme that it has achieved certain results and has special meaning in the context of important changes in Viet Nam's adoption regulations.
A representative from the HCM City Department of Justice said the programme has brought practical results in caring for and protecting children with special needs, disabilities and life-threatening diseases living at childcare centres.
"They have been adopted by foreigners and now receive better care and treatment," he added.
For its part, the Ha Noi Justice Department spoke of difficulties facing childcare centres in providing care and treatment, such as limited facilities and financial resources while the number of children at the centres keeps increasing.
The programme has been implemented in line with the Law on Adoption. It was launched by the Justice Ministry in co-ordination with UNICEF in 2011. — VNS