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Is Adoption from Vietnam Open Again?

It appears that Vietnam has signed the Hague Treaty and some are optimism that adoption from Vietnam will reopen again soon.

The Vietnamese Ambassador to the Netherlands, Huynh Minh Chinh, has signed the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Mr Chinh was authorized by the Vietnamese Government to sign the international convention at the head office of the Dutch foreign ministry in the presence of Gerald Limburg, Head of the Treaties Division under the Dutch ministry, and representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice. The Hague Adoption Convention is one of the 38 international conventions on private international law within the framework of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, which has 81 member countries. Vietnam’s signing of the Convention is considered to create a consistent legal framework for domestic adoptions and foreign-related adoption for the best interests of children, including Vietnamese children. At the signing ceremony, officials of the Dutch foreign ministry expressed their delight at the fact that Vietnam had joined the important convention. Ambassador Chinh stressed that the Vietnamese government will do its best to enforce the convention as soon as possible. He also expressed Vietnam’s wish to increase its involvement in the Hague Convention on Private International Law to strengthen legal foundations for the country’s international integration.