Vietnam Adoption

Holt International began serving vulnerable children in Vietnam in 1973 through a USAID-funded nutrition program, and later developed an international adoption program for the roughly 25 thousand children then living in Vietnam's orphanages. Although political instability forced Holt to cease work in 1975, we returned in the late 1980s at the invitation of the Vietnam government to develop programs and services for vulnerable children and families throughout the country. Holt's Vietnam adoption program resumed in 2014.

Why Choose Holt?

In 2014, we provided more than 2,462 children and 559 families in Vietnam with resources and support to prevent child abandonment and help families stay together. Through the years, Holt has placed over 400 children from Vietnam with families in the United States.


Preserving Families

Holt Vietnam is one of the few organizations in Vietnam that focuses on helping vulnerable children at risk of separation to remain with their family. With established programs throughout the country, Holt's services for vulnerable families include day care, foster care, single mother services, income-generating projects and educational sponsorship.

Long history in Vietnam 


On-The-Ground Staff

Holt's staff in Vietnam has many years of experience coordinating international adoption processes. Holt's history in Vietnam is long and significant, and through the years, our local staff has developed an uncommonly strong relationship with the Vietnam government. They also personally visit the children released to Holt for adoption to provide thorough child updates, and will escort and support adoptive families during their adoption trip to Vietnam.

2 experienced adoption staff in Vietnam 


Personalized Support

Our post-adoption services are second to none. From camps, family support groups, counseling and adoption-specific nutrition advice to birth family searches, citizenship questions, homeland tours and more, we stand by you for life — because we know that your adoption doesn't end when you arrive home.

Post Adoption Resources Vietnam 



Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children waiting for a family in Vietnam.

Adopting from Vietnam

Start Your Adoption Journey

Whether you are still gathering information or you feel ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.

Stories About Adoptive Families and Holt's Work in Vietnam