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Quick links about Vietnam Adoption Programs

Our Work in Vietnam...
Holt originally worked in Vietnam in the early 1970s with an extensive foster care program. An important memory of that time was "Operation Babylift," when almost 400 children were evacuated from Saigon for international adoption in the United States during the last few days of the war.

Despite steady growth in services, political instability forced Holt to cease work in Vietnam in 1975. Returning in the late 1980s, Holt developed programs throughout the country that enabled children to stay within their birth families, despite hardships.

In 2011, the government began providing day care services in all three provinces where Holt works. Currently, Holt partners with the Vietnamese government to enhance services to children in these day care programs. With support from Holt sponsors, the program provides preschool fees, nutritional support, counseling and parent education - serving to strengthen families for children in Vietnam.

Vietnam Adoption

Adoption in Vietnam Today...
Today, international adoption from Vietnam remains suspended. The Hague Convention was ratified in Vietnam on November 1, 2011, and went into affect on February 1, 2012. The U.S. Department of State has issued a notice confirming that the U.S. will not resume intercountry adoption with Vietnam at this time.

Our staff continues to actively get involved in supporting the adoption reform and Hague adoption implementation process in Vietnam. Holt continues to keep or place children in families in Vietnam through family preservation, reunification and domestic adoption. Working in partnership with the government of Vietnam, Holt provides emergency assistance, counseling and the basic financial, health, nutritional and educational support needed to stabilize struggling households.

We will update our website as soon as information is available regarding adoptions reopening to the U.S.

To learn more about the many different ways Holt serves children and families in the Vietnam, click here.

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