Prior to the moratorium imposed by the Vietnamese government, and pending the implementation of the Protocol signed by Vietnam and the U.S., the following information applied to adopting from Vietnam:
Children Available: Healthy infants 6 months old and older (both boys and girls) are available for adoption from Vietnam. Special needs children and older children are also available for international adoption.
Parent Requirements: There are no age restrictions on parents. Couples, single men, and single women are eligible to adopt from Vietnam.
Travel Requirements: Two trips are required. The first trip requires a one-week stay; the second trip requires a two- to three-week stay.
Time Frame: From first application through child placement averages 17 months.
Number of Children Adopted by Americans in 2003: 382
Additional Information: Families with no children must be open to a child of either gender. The children available for adoption from Vietnam live in orphanages. Some regions of Vietnam may not allow adoption by large families.
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