SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - VIETNAM
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION - continued
On June 21, 2005, the United States and Vietnam signed a bilateral agreement that laid the groundwork for intercountry adoptions between the two countries to recommence after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. The agreement entered into force on September 1, 2005, and on January 25, 2006, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi issued the first orphan immigrant visa to a Vietnamese child adopted by an American family under the agreement framework.
As part of its implementation of the new agreement, the Government of Vietnam is requiring all U.S. adoption service providers (ASPs) desiring to operate in Vietnam to be licensed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice's Department of International Adoptions (DIA). The DIA has indicated that, with extremely rare exceptions, it will accept adoption applications ("dossiers") ONLY through ASPs that have received such licenses.
Currently, adoptions are conducted at the orphanage and province level, with national oversight based out of Hanoi. Before the shutdown, adoptions were handled individually with each province. Vietnam now has a national licensing approval procedure for individual US adoption agencies.
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