Vietnam: State Department Announcement Regarding Adoption of Children with Special Needs

10/15/08

The U.S. Department of State has issued an announcement in cooperation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Government of Vietnam, regarding the adoption of children with Special Needs by U.S. citizens from Vietnam. In summary, the announcement supports the recommendation made by Joint Council regarding Special Needs Adoptions in Vietnam. It is our understanding that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration will be issuing a separate but similar statement.

In addition to addressing the very difficult issue of Special Needs adoptions, the announcement also indicates that potential adoptive families can confirm that a child was officially referred to them prior to September 1, 2008. Families wishing to confirm the status of their referral should email the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. The announcement also strongly cautions adoption service providers and potential adoptive parents to refrain from issuing or accepting a referral after September 1, 2008.

As always, Joint Council will post updates on these and other important issues.

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