U.S. Not To Resume Adoption With Vietnam

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Notice confirming that the U.S. will not resume intercountry adoption with Vietnam.  The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption went into force in Vietnam on February 1, 2012 however the Department of State stated that Vietnam “ does not yet have a fully Hague compliant process in place”.

It is our understanding that a primary issue is that specific Vietnamese provinces are not supporting the principle of subsidiarity.   While this is an issue with Hague compliance, we encourage both the U.S. and Vietnamese government to resolve outstanding issues and resume intercountry adoption in those provinces that are in compliance.

We encourage potential adoptive parents and adoption service providers to use caution as no timeline has been stated by either government regarding the resumption of intercountry adoption between the U.S. and Vietnam.

Please see below or click here for the full text of the Notice.

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Vietnam

February 2012

Notice: U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam

The United States has determined that it will not resume intercountry adoptions in Vietnam on February 1, 2012, when the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force there.

Despite Vietnam’s initiatives to strengthen its child welfare system and ensure the integrity of its domestic and international adoption process, it does not yet have a fully Hague compliant process in place. We continue to caution adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that, to ensure that adoptions from Vietnam will be compliant with the Convention, important steps must still take place before intercountry adoptions between the United States and Vietnam resume. Adoption Service Providers should not initiate or claim to initiate, adoption programs in Vietnam until they receive notification from the Department of State that it has resumed adoptions in Vietnam.

The Department of State will provide updated information on www.adoption.state.gov as it becomes available. If you have any further questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or 202-501-4444 from outside the United States.

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