Vietnam launches new child adoption program

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a program to create better regulatory laws meeting with international standards on child adoption in Vietnam.

Developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and other relevant authorities, the “Strengthening Legislation and Monitoring Systems for Child Adoption” program will assist in improving the legal and regulatory framework to protect orphaned and abandoned children from being exploited or subjected to malpractices when they are adopted both by domestic and foreign people.

The US$1,000,000 program will develop a national monitoring system under supervision, conduct a comprehensive assessment of the root causes of child abandonment and build a team of policymakers, welfare and enforcement personnel to protect children.

The program will also help improve protection and care of children deprived of parental care through the policies and guidelines for alternative care. The program will initiate new alternative care models, including foster care and inter-country adoption programs for children with special needs.

Vietnam will work closely with UNICEF to reform its adoption system while implementing a new Law on Adoption that takes effect from January 1, 2011.

The new program will extend through 2013 and will support Vietnam’s ratification of the Hague Convention on child adoption.

By Phuong Oanh

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