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  • Hague Convention Information

     

    Vietnam is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); the IAA’s implementing regulations; as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Vietnam.

    Effective September 16, 2014, intercountry adoptions from Vietnam to the United States may proceed through a program for children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups (Special Adoption Program). U.S. prospective adoptive parents interested in adopting a child from Vietnam through the Special Adoption Program should contact one of the U.S. adoption service providers authorized by the Government of Vietnam to assist in such cases. Please see our September 12, 2014 Adoption Notice for more details.

    The United States will not process intercountry adoptions from Vietnam that fall outside the parameters of the Special Adoption Program.

    U.S. IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

    To bring an adopted child to the United States from Vietnam, you must meet the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’ suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who can adopt under U.S. immigration law

    Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.

  • Who Can Adopt

    In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child from Vietnam must meet the following requirements of Vietnam:

    • Residency: Vietnam does not require that prospective adoptive parents reside in Vietnam for a specified period prior to completing an intercountry adoption. To finalize the adoption, however, at least one adopting parent must travel to Vietnam to receive the adopted child in person at the “Giving and Receiving” ceremony before the appropriate Vietnamese authorities. If only one member of an adopting married couple travels to Vietnam, Vietnam requires that the traveling spouse have in his/her possession a Power of Attorney from the other spouse, notarized and authenticated by the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington or one of the Vietnamese Consulates General elsewhere in the United States.
    • Age of Adopting Parents: Under Vietnamese law, prospective adoptive parents must be at least 20 years older than the child to be adopted unless the prospective adoptive parent is a step-parent or maternal/paternal aunt or uncle of the child to be adopted.
    • Marriage: Vietnamese law permits intercountry adoption by both single persons and opposite-sex married couples. Gay, lesbian, transgender, and intersex individuals and same-sex couples – whether married or unmarried – are not eligible to adopt from Vietnam.
    • Income: There is no minimum income required. The Vietnamese Central Authority, the Ministry of Justice, Department of Adoptions (MOJ/DA), will assess the economic, housing, and health conditions of prospective adoptive parents, who must demonstrate that they are sufficient to ensure the care and education of the adopted child.
    • Other: Vietnamese authorities impose other eligibility requirements, including that the prospective adoptive parents are of good morals and are legally competent. Specifically, Vietnam requires that prospective adoptive parents have not had their parental rights to their own children restricted, must not be in prison, and must not be subject to administrative sanctions imposed by an educational or medical institution. Specific offenses that will disqualify prospective adoptive parents include: deliberately violating the life, health, dignity, and honor of others; mistreating grandparents, parents, spouses, children, or caregivers; enticing, coercing, or hiding juvenile offenders; and the trafficking, exchanging, or kidnapping of children.

     

  • Who Can Be Adopted

    Because Vietnam is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Vietnam must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for intercountry adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Vietnam have determined that placement of the child within Vietnam has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests. At this time only children who qualify under the Special Adoption Program are eligible for intercountry adoption from Vietnam. See below for more information. In addition to qualifying as a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, a child must meet the following requirements of Vietnam.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Relinquishment: For a child to be eligible for adoption, the birth parent(s) or guardian must give their voluntary written consent to the emigration and adoption of the child to the provincial Department of Justice. The consent must be given no earlier than 15 days after the child’s birth. Furthermore, birth parent(s) will have an additional 30 days to retract their consent before the child can be determined eligible for intercountry adoption.
    • Abandonment: For abandoned children whose parents are unknown and who are being cared for in an institution, the head of the institution where the child lives gives consent to the adoption to the provincial Department of Justice. In addition, the provincial police must provide the provincial Department of Justice with a police report verifying the search for biological parents.
    • Age of Adoptive Child: The child must be under 16 years old to be eligible for intercountry adoption. Children who are 16 or 17 may be adopted by a stepparent or maternal/paternal uncle or aunt. Children who are nine or older must give their voluntary consent to the adoption. Children who are five and older are included in “List 2.” “List 2” is Vietnam’s legal mechanism for identifying children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups of two or more who may be eligible for intercountry adoption through the Special Adoption Program. Please note that U.S. age requirements for a child adopted from a Convention country differ from Vietnam’s requirements.
    • Sibling Adoptions: Children in biological sibling groups of two or more and children who are older than five years of age and are living in government orphanages and are included in “List 2” and may be eligible for intercountry adoption through the Special Adoption Program. Vietnam prioritizes placing siblings together with the same adoptive family. Healthy children living outside of government orphanages are not eligible for intercountry adoption even if they are in sibling groups or aged five and older.
    • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: Children with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases, as defined by Vietnamese law, who are living in government orphanages are included in “List 2” and may be eligible for intercountry adoption through the Special Adoption Program. In addition, children with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases, as defined by Vietnamese law, who are living outside of government orphanages, may be eligible for intercountry adoption through the Special Adoption Program.
    • Waiting Period or Foster Care: The Vietnamese requirement to conduct a search for eligible domestic prospective adoptive parents is waived in “List 2” cases of children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups.
    • Other: According to Vietnamese law, an adoption by a Vietnamese citizen permanently residing in another country is considered an intercountry adoption. In general, Vietnam’s MOJ/DA considers an adoption of a child from Vietnam who will subsequently be moved to another Convention country following an adoption or for the purpose of an adoption as an intercountry adoption subject to the Convention. Vietnam’s MOJ/DA also generally considers Vietnamese children temporarily in the United States in a non-immigrant status to be permanent residents (habitually resident) in Vietnam and subject to the Convention.

     

  • How to Adopt

    WARNING: Vietnam is party to the Hague Adoption Convention. Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Vietnam before a U.S. consular officer issues an “Article 5/17 Letter” in the case. Read on for more information.

    Vietnam’s Adoption Authority
    Ministry of Justice, Department of Adoptions (MOJ/DA)

    The Process

    Because Vietnam is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adoptions from Vietnam must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is provided below. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

    1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider That     Has Been Authorized by Vietnam’s Central Authority to Operate in     Vietnam
    2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt
    3. Apply to Vietnam’s Authorities to Adopt and be Matched with a Child
    4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for     Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive     U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption
    5. Adopt the Child in Vietnam
    6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child     Home

    1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider That Has Been Authorized by Vietnam’s Central Authority to Operate in Vietnam

    The first step in adopting a child from Vietnam is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide services to U.S. citizens in Convention cases and that has been authorized by the Government of Vietnam. Only accredited or approved adoption services providers may act as the primary provider in your case. The primary adoption service provider is responsible for ensuring that all adoption services in the case are done in accordance with the Hague Adoption Convention and U.S. laws and regulations. Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

    2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt

    After you choose a U.S. accredited or approved and Government of Vietnam authorized adoption service provider, you must apply to be found suitable and eligible to adopt by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), by submitting Form I-800A. You will need to complete a home study, fingerprints, and a background check as part of this application. Read more about Eligibility Requirements.

    3. Apply to Vietnam’s Authorities to Adopt and be Matched with a Child

    After USCIS determines that you are “suitable” and “eligible” to adopt and approves the Form I-800A application, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in Vietnam as part of your adoption dossier. Vietnam’s adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also suitable and eligible to adopt under Vietnam’s law.

    If both the United States and Vietnam determine that you are suitable and eligible to adopt, and the central authority for Convention adoptions in Vietnam has determined that a child is available for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the central authority for Convention adoptions in Vietnam may provide you with a referral for a child. The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of a specific child. The adoption authority in Vietnam will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral or not. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of, and provide a permanent home for, a particular child. If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the central authority in Vietnam. Learn more about this critical decision.

    4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

    After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States (Form I-800). USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child appears to meet the definition of a Convention Adoptee and will be eligible to enter and reside in the United States.

    After provisional approval of Form I-800 petition, you or your adoption service provider will submit a visa application to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi that is responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Vietnam. A consular officer will review the Form I-800 and the visa application for possible visa ineligibilities and advise you of options for the waiver of any noted ineligibilities.

    WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Vietnam’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Vietnam where all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Vietnam’s Central Authority that the parents have been found suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

    Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Vietnam before a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” in any adoption case.

    Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

    5. Adopt the Child in Vietnam

    Remember: Before you adopt a child in Vietnam, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps can you proceed to finalize the adoption in Vietnam.

    The process for finalizing the adoption in Vietnam generally includes the following:

    • Role of Adoption Authority: Several governmental bodies at the national and provincial levels have roles in the intercountry adoption process in Vietnam:

      Ministry of Justice, Department of Adoption (MOJ/DA) is the Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption in Vietnam. MOJ/DA is responsible for the overall supervision of the adoption process. MOJ/DA authorizes foreign adoption agencies to operate in Vietnam, accepts and reviews dossiers of prospective adoptive parents, reviews referrals made by provincial authorities, and verifies that the adoption was in accordance with Vietnam’s Adoption Law and the Hague Adoption Convention. The MOJ/DA also matches prospective adoptive parents with children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups (i.e., children included in “List 2”).

      The provincial Department of Justice determines the eligibility of the child for intercountry adoption, organizes the “Giving and Receiving” ceremony, and maintains the adoption registry, which is a record of all adoption cases processed in the province that contains information on the adopted child, adoptive parents, and the date the provincial People’s Committee issued the Adoption Decree.

      The provincial People’s Committee issues the final Adoption Decree.
    • Role of the Court: Vietnam’s courts do not issue Adoption Decrees in Vietnamese Convention adoptions. The Vietnamese courts have no role in intercountry adoptions.
    • Role of Adoption Agencies: The accredited and authorized U.S. adoption service provider facilitates the adoption on behalf of the prospective adoptive parents, including assembling the application dossier for submission to MOJ/DA, providing logistical support for prospective adoptive parents and their adopted child(ren), and providing post-adoption reports to MOJ/DA. The adoption service provider is also responsible for fully informing prospective adoptive parents about the child’s medical condition, if applicable, so that they can make an informed decision about the adoption.
    • Time Frame: It is difficult to predict with certainty how much time is required to complete an adoption in Vietnam. Adoption processing depends on many variables, including the wait time to be matched with an eligible child, the workload of Vietnamese adoption authorities, and the specific circumstances of each case. Although Vietnam processes adoptions through the Special Adoption Program as expeditiously as possible, it should be noted that the adoption process in general can be lengthy.
    • Adoption Application: To start the adoption process through the Special Adoption Program, prospective adoptive parents or their accredited adoption service provider must contact the MOJ/DA.

      Application: Prospective adoptive parents file their application dossier with MOJ/DA through an accredited U.S. adoption service provider that has been authorized by the Government of Vietnam.

      Matching: MOJ/DA reviews and approves the application dossier of the prospective adoptive parent(s). The MOJ/DA then matches prospective adoptive parents with an eligible child from “List 2.”

      Prospective adoptive parents have 30 days to either accept or refuse the referral. Formal acceptance is defined by the MOJ/DA as notification by the adoption service provider to the MOJ/DA of referral acceptance and receipt by the MOJ/DA of the “Article 5/17 Letter.” “Article 5/17 Letters” issued by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi indicate that the prospective adoptive parents are eligible and suitable to adopt, have been counseled as necessary, the child is or will be authorized to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and the adoption may proceed.

      In order for the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi to issue an “Article 5/17 Letter,” USCIS must provisionally approve the child’s Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, which may take an average of 30 days upon USCIS’ receipt of the filing. USCIS also must notify the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi of the provisional approval. If a child has urgent medical needs that have been clearly articulated by the MOJ/DA in the child’s background report and these medical needs meet USCIS expedite criteria, prospective adoptive parents may wish to request expeditious processing of their Form I-800 petition from USCIS.

      The MOJ/DA can extend the 30-day response timeframe for an additional 30 days one time only. Prospective adoptive parents or their adoption service provider may request this extension in writing to the MOJ/DA, indicating their acceptance of the referral. After the response time expires (30 days, or 60 days if extended), the MOJ/DA may refer the child to another prospective adoptive family as a potential match.

      Given Vietnam’s timeframe, prospective adoptive parents should be prepared to file the Form I-800 petition with USCIS as soon as possible after deciding to accept a referral; ensure that the Form I-800 petition information is as complete and accurate as possible at the time of submission in order to avoid requests from USCIS for additional information; notify the MOJ/DA of acceptance of the referral within 30 days; and simultaneously request from the MOJ/DA the one-time, 30 day extension. This will help to ensure that your referral does not expire while awaiting USCIS and Department of State processing.

      If prospective adoptive parents refuse the referral without a reasonable justification, they may not receive another referral.

      Prior Contact: Prospective adoptive parents are generally not allowed to have any contact with the child’s birth parents, guardian, or institutions caring for the child until they have an approved Form I-800A, Vietnam has determined that the child is eligible for adoption, and the required consents to the adoption have been obtained. However, certain exceptions to this rule apply, including when a prospective adoptive parent is a family member as described in 8 CFR 204.309(b)(2)(iii); when adopting children with special needs; when adopting a child who is a sibling of an already adopted child, when prospective adoptive parents have been working or studying in Vietnam for at least one year, and when the contact is otherwise permitted by the MOJ/DA.
    • Adoption Fees:In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your adoption service provider will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.

      Adoption fees charged by the MOJ/DA include:

      • Application fee: 9,000,000 VND (approximately 430 USD as of September 2014) to be paid to MOJ/DA when prospective adoptive parents submit their application dossier. Prospective adoptive parents who are stepparents, uncles, or aunts of the adopted child pay 50 percent of the application fee. Prospective adoptive parents who apply to adopt more than one child who are siblings pay 50 percent of the application fee for each additional child.
      • Adoption processing fee: The fee is waived for adoptions of children through the Special Adoption Program (i.e., children with special needs, children aged five or older, and children in biological sibling groups of two or more). Otherwise, the fee would be 50,000,000 VND (approximately 2,400 USD as of September 2014) to be paid to MOJ/DA when prospective adoptive parents accept the child referred to them by MOJ/DA.

       

      Other fees associated with adopting from Vietnam may include:

      • Legalization of documents by the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the United States costs 10 USD per document (as of September 2014). The fee is for authentication of the seal.
      • Passport application fee is 200,000 VND per passport (approximately 10 USD as of September 2014).
      • Translations of documents can be done in the United States and the costs may vary.
      • Fees for notarizing documents for the Vietnamese passport application should be nominal and posted by the provincial DOJ.
      • In some cases, adoption service providers may be asked to reimburse certain medical expenses for the child, including psychological counseling and preparation for children to be adopted.

       

    • Documents Required:The following documents are required to be submitted in the application dossier:
      • Adoption application form
      • Copy of passport or other equivalent identification document
      • Certificate of child adoption approval issued by a competent U.S. authority (also known as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ approval of the Form I-800A application)
      • Home study (issued within past 12 months)
      • Medical report (issued within past 12 months)
      • Confirmation of income (issued within past 12 months)
      • Criminal records (issued within past 12 months)
      • Marital status certificate (i.e. marriage certificate or single status statement)

      Note: Prospective adoptive parents are required to prepare two identical sets of application dossiers. All documents must be translated and authenticated by the Vietnamese Embassy or one of the Vietnamese Consulates in the United States. Additional documents may be requested.

    • Authentication of Documents:You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. If so, the Department of State, Authentications office may be able to assist. Read more about Authenticating U.S. Documents.

      Note: Any documents pertaining to adoption applications submitted to the Vietnamese authorities must be notarized and authenticated by the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in the United States and translated into Vietnamese. All documents submitted to the U.S. government must be translated into English.

    6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for your Child and Bring Your Child Home

    Now that your adoption is complete, there are a few more steps to take before your child can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

    Birth Certificate
    You will receive the child’s original birth certificate after the “Giving and Receiving” ceremony so that you can use it to apply for a passport for your child.

    Vietnam Passport
    Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Vietnam.

    The adoption service provider should assist adoptive parents with obtaining a Vietnamese passport for the adopted child. Passport applications are submitted to the Ministry of Public Security, Department of Immigration office in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Applications should include the following:

    • Passport application form with photo affixed, certified by the provincial Department of Justice where the adoption was finalized
    • Four separate, identical 4x6 photos with white background
    • One notarized copy of the Adoption Decree
    • One notarized copy of the Giving and Receiving Minute
    • One notarized copy of the Birth Certificate
    • One notarized copy of adoptive parents’ passports

     

    Passport applications may be submitted at one of the following offices of the Department of Immigration:

           Hanoi Office
           44-46 Tran Phu Street
           Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
           Tel: +84-4-3825-7941

           Ho Chi Minh City Office
           254 Nguyen Trai Street
           District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
           Tel: +84-8-3920-2300

    The passport application fee is 200,000 VND per passport (approximately 10 USD as of September 2014). The regular processing timeframe is five days.

    U.S. Immigrant Visa

    After you obtain the birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to finalize your application for a U.S. visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. After the adoption is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi for final review of the case, issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate, final approval of Form I-800, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the consular officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Read more about the Medical Examination.

    Typically, at least one adoptive parent appears at the immigrant visa interview with the child. If neither parent is able to attend the interview and to execute the oath on the DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application Form, then the adult accompanying the child(ren) must be in possession of a Power of Attorney from the adoptive parent(s) allowing him or her to execute the application and conduct the interview on behalf of the parent(s).

    Child Citizenship Act

    For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s entry into the United States: An adopted child residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence generally will acquire U.S. citizenship automatically upon entry into the United States if the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, including the child is under the age of eighteen.

  • Traveling Abroad

    Applying for Your U.S. Passport
    U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

    Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Department of State’s Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

    Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Vietnam
    In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for Vietnam, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

    Staying Safe on Your Trip
    Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

    Staying in Touch on Your Trip
    When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State. Enrollment makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Vietnam, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

    Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

  • After Adoption

    Post-Adoption Reporting Requirements
    Adoptive parents are responsible for providing post-adoption reports to both the MOJ/DA and a Vietnamese diplomatic mission in the country where the adopted child resides every six months for three consecutive years following the adoption. The report should provide information about the child’s health status, physical and psychological development, and how he or she is integrating with the adoptive family and new environment. We urge you to comply with Vietnam’s post-adoption requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to Vietnam’s history of positive experiences with U.S. citizen parents.

    In order to submit post-adoption reports, adoptive parents must fill out the “Child development report form,” which is available through your adoption service provider or from Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice. The form must then be certified by a competent home study preparer and authenticated by a Vietnamese diplomatic mission in the United States.

    Under Vietnamese law, adoption service providers are responsible for reminding adoptive parents to submit post-adoption reports. Adoption service providers must also provide the MOJ/DA with a separate annual report summarizing the development of all Vietnamese children who have been adopted through the adoption service provider. In addition, adoption service providers must also provide a report on specific cases at the request of the MOJ/DA.

    Post-Adoption Resources
    Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

    Here are some places to start your support group search:

    Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

  • Contact Information

    U.S. Embassy in Vietnam
    Consular Section
    Rose Garden Tower
    170 Ngoc Khanh Street
    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tel: 84-4-3850 5100
    Fax: 84-4-3850 5026/3850 5145
    Email: HanoiAdoptions@state.gov
    Internet: vietnam.usembassy.gov

    Vietnam’s Adoption Authority
    Ministry of Justice
    Department of Adoption
    58-60 Tran Phu Street
    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tel: 84-4-3823 1137
    Fax: 84-4-804 8400
    Email: binhnv@moj.gov.vn
    Internet: moj.gov.vn/en/Pages/home.aspx

    Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
    1233 20th Street, N.W. Suite 400
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    Tel: (202) 861-2293 or (202) 861-0694
    Fax: (202) 861-0917
    Email: vnconsular@vietnamembassy.us
    Internet: vietnamembassy-usa.org

    Office of Children’s Issues
    U.S. Department of State
    CA/OCS/CI, SA-17A, 9th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
    Tel: 1-888-407-4747
    Email: AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
    Internet: adoption.state.gov

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    For questions about immigration procedures: USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
    Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
    Internet: uscis.gov

    For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition: USCIS National Benefits Center
    Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
    Email: NBC.Hague@uscis.dhs.gov