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china adoption inforrmationVietnam Adoption

There are thousands of little children who are living in orphanages and who are waiting for families to adopt them and provide them with a loving home. Both boys and girls are available, and most are babies although toddlers and older children are also placed from Vietnam. If a child is 9 years old or older, they must consent to the adoption in writing. WIA works in the northern part of Vietnam, which makes it convenient to exit through the U.S. Consulate in Hanoi. The requirements for families adopting from Vietnam are not very restrictive. Current family size is not an issue, and Vietnam officials will accept both married couples (a man and a woman) and single women. Adoptive parents must be at least 23 years old, and must be at least 20 years older than the child they adopt. Vietnam requires that adopting families have the capacity to care for, support, and educate the adopted child.

Vietnam Adoption Timeline

Once the dossier is submitted to Vietnam, it can take up to 6 months to receive a referral. Once the referral is accepted by the adoptive family, the dossier is submitted to the Provincial Justice Department for review. The Justice Department will coordinate with the Provincial Department of Public Security (police) to review the application, to investigate the circumstances of how the child became an orphan, and to ensure all of the paperwork for the child is legal. This can take up to 30 days to complete this review. Following the approval from the Justice Department, the dossier is submitted to the Provincial People’s Committee for approval. It usually takes 60 days to receive the approval from the People’s Committee. Once the approval is given, the adoptive family is invited to Vietnam to complete the adoption. From beginning to end, an adoption can be completed as quickly as 9 months but could take as long as 15 months, depending on how quickly a referral is received and accepted.

Please see our Vietnam Adoption FAQ page for more information.

Fees for Vietnam Adoptions


Application Fee


Program Fee


Home Study Review (out of state clients)


Placement Fee


Post Placement Fee (6 post placements)


Home Study

$˜1000-3000 depending on the agency

Foreign Fees


foreign guide fee

USCIS Fee - I600A



$85 per person

Dossier Documents


Authentication of Documents


FedEx Charges


Child’s U.S. Visa



$˜1,000-1,500 per person

Food and Lodging

$˜100 a day for two people

Vietnam Entrance Visa & Courier


Child’s Airfare

$150 for children under 2 $700-1000 for 2 years and over

* Country Fees are never to be considered a stable or set fee as it is not determined nor in the control of Wasatch International Adoptions. The Agency makes every effort to stay current as to fees but third party and country fees may change without notice or reason.*

For more information about adopting a child from Vietnam, contact Kathy at kathy@wiaa.org.

Please note that the timeline for international adoption is not completely predictable and there could be many factors that might change our estimated timeline for completion. Some of these factors may include political upheaval, changes in policies and laws regarding adoption with foreign government officials or our own government, war, terrorism, natural disasters, the approval of the adoptive parents by either the U.S. government or the foreign government or possible reemergence of birth families. Wasatch does our best to help you as families to understand the realities of the international adoption process, but things can change quickly and timelines for adoption completion can lengthen through no fault of Wasatch International Adoptions.



**Note: Upon request, WIA will disclose the following: Service policy Contracts, the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption. To obtain this information please call our office.


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