SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - VIETNAM
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM VIETNAM
Before the adoption
In Vietnam children are often orphaned or relinquished by young women at birth due to poverty, cultural stigmas attached to unwed motherhood, or the lack of social safety nets. Many families find themselves unable to care for the basic needs of their child. Birthparents who leave their children do so with great difficulty. Often a large extended family is involved in the decision to place a child for adoption, wanting only the best for them. Most children are relinquished at birth.
Both boys and girls are available for adoption - from infants to older. Boys are more numerous. Minimal medical and social information is available on most children.
Upon entry to the orphanage each child is given a physical examination. Each child is tested for HIV and for Hepatitis B. Although the children are in a government-run orphanage, the level of care is relatively good where most receive individualized care by an orphanage nanny. Sometimes younger children are placed in the care of a foster family, during the early months of their lives. Once they reach a certain age, they are then brought back to the orphanage. However, the children adopted from Vietnam can be expected to have some of the typical developmental delays often associated with orphanage care.
The content of this course is based upon materials found on the U.S. Department of State travel.state.gov website and other internet resources.