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Vietnam Ends American Adoption of Children

After being accused of having corrupt adoption practices, Vietnam is cutting their child bearing ties with America.

An Associated Press article wrote about the report from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi. To see what it said,


It said:

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The report lists cases in which infants were sold or birth mothers were pressured to give up their babies. In some other cases it describes brokers going to villages in search for babies who could be possibly put up for adoption.

It also says some American adoption agencies have been paying orphanage directors for referrals, and some others have bribed orphanage officials by taking them on shopping sprees and junkets to the United States in return for a flow of babies.

The existing agreement expires in September so Vietnam will no longer accept applications from American couples as of July 1st. Adoptions already in progress will not be affected.


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momtoemma momtoemma 9 years
We are waiting for a child from China and have looked at all the options, so I am speaking from experience. The intial costs of an International Adoption are not cheap, the average is $20k. American adoptions are less expensive in the beginning, $12k, but the long terms costs of a child with with special needs from the US far exceeds the IA costs, unless you adopt special needs Internationally. FYI, It is taboo to discuss costs regarding adoption...most decisions to adopt, aren't based on finances, but on health and age of a child and whether an adoption will be open or private. There are many concerns here in the US of birthparents changing their minds. For those of us who have struggled through infertility, a birthparent changing their mind is not a risk we are willing to consider after much heartbreak.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Your right Momtoemma, here where i work i deal with alot of these foster parents, and the childrens home society and a majority of the kids are older, with special needs and its expensive to take them in. It breaks my heart, but its the truth. Its cheaper to go overseas and get a baby.
momtoemma momtoemma 9 years
I find it interesting, people who have never filed or considered filing an adoption application, asking why americans do not adopt americans. First off, American adoption options are a legal nightmare. There are 500,000 children lingering in foster care, hoping parents will get their act together and the courts allowing them to linger. Of the 500,000 children, only about 100,000 are adoptable, most between the ages of 4-15, with severe emotional and emotional disabilites that an average family is not equipped to handle. Access your County list of children available and you will see children with severe diabilities or statements like "because of emotional diabilities, prefer a household without pets or other children". Do these kids deserve a home? Yes, but they deserve a home that is better equipped emotionally and financially than the average American seeking an adoption.
TwistandShout TwistandShout 9 years
I always get so sad when thousands more children lose millions of prospective parents... Hopefully Vietnam keeps its adoption open for other countries.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Well, I wish it was ending because the need had subsided. This is sad news all around.
kia kia 9 years
From the limited adoption knowledge I have, adopting a U.S. child is expensive. I don't quite understand why it is easier to adopt a foreign child when there are so many children available in our own cities. Overall a child without a home needs a home, so I hope their adoption agreements stay in tact with other countries.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
There are plenty of children in America who need love, as well as other Asian countries that are still working with the United States. Hopefully, this will positively affect American children.
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