Adoption Information: Vietnam

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Who Can Be Adopted

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13646567389277.jpgThe Vietnamese Law on Adoption No 52/2010/QH12 which entered into force from 01 January 2011 allows nationals of certain countries (including UK), to adopt Vietnamese children in a few specific cases/circumstances if the adoptive parents meet one of the following conditions:

  • are currently working or studying in Vietnam for at least 1 year;
  • are step parents of the to-be-adopted child; - are blood aunts or uncles of the to-be-adopted child;
  • have already adopted a child who is a sibling of the to-be-adopted child;
  • adopt a child who is disabled or infected with HIV/AIDs or another serious disease.
  • are permanently residing in Vietnam

However, each application will be considered on its own merit and on a case by case basis by the Vietnamese Adoption Department. The Embassy/Consulate General cannot advise if you meet the criteria or not. Please contact the Adoption Department directly.

If those wishing to adopt a Vietnamese child do not meet the above conditions, they can still apply to adopt a child with disabilities or a serious illness.

Vietnam procedure

All applications for adoption are considered by the Department of International Adoption under the Ministry of Justice.

Their contact details are:

60 Tran Phu Street Ba Dinh District Hanoi

Tel: (84 4) 3823 1137; 0804 8400

Fax: (84 4) 37365227; 0804 8886

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application may be lodged directly or via a licensed adoption agent.

The Embassy/Consulate General cannot advise you on the full procedures and you are advised to contact the Department or adoption agent directly.

After Adoption

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...


How to Adopt

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...