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Vietnam Adoption Agency Program:
Holt International Children's Services

Vietnam Adoption Program Description: Child Caring Centers in Vietnam:Holt works with four child caring centers in Vietnam. They are located in Hanoi in the northern region, Da Nang in the central coast region, and Binh Duong and Dong Nai in the southern region.
Post Adoption Services :Because Holt believes adoption is a lifelong commitment, our mandate to adoptive families is to continue providing services and support throughout the lifetime of the child. For adoptive families, international adoption includes the complexities of ethnicity, culture and race. Holt's post-adoption program provides on-going social work support to families even after the adoption is finalized. This includes clinical support and counseling and assistance with birth searches. Holt also provides adoptee outreach through Heritage Camp, Tours to Vietnam, Adoptee web page (with monitored chat rooms), and adult adoptee support network and parent support groups throughout the country.

Humanitarian Work in VN: Child Welfare Programs in Vietnam: Holt Vietnam currently operates a comprehensive child welfare program that provides permanency planning services to homeless children and at-risk families. Model programs developed initially with U.S. Agency for International Development funding, include care for children in child welfare centers, foster care, single mother's programs and family preservation programs. Over the past five years, Holt has trained hundreds of Vietnamese in alternative child welfare practices and programs. As a result, pilot projects in foster care, single mothers' programming and family strengthening/preservation are assisting a significant number of children. Holt Vietnam has developed a strong reputation within the child welfare community in Vietnam.
Family Preservation Preservation of birth families is Holt-Vietnam's first priority. Holt-Vietnam provides counseling, training, educational support and/or small economic grants to assist families who have requested placement of their child in an institution, or to families whose children are already institutionalized, in order to aid in their reunification.
Single Mothers Services Holt-Vietnam provides counseling, shelter, pre- and post-natal care and education in childcare, health and nutrition to single pregnant women. Vocational training and short-term assistance are available to help mothers become economically self-sufficient.
Child Care Support is provided to child-caring institutions through a cooperative agreement with the government of Vietnam. Social workers find permanent homes for children in care through Holt-Vietnam's family preservation and adoption programs.
Foster Care Holt-Vietnam pioneered temporary foster care services to homeless children in Vietnam. Recognizing the positive benefits of family-based care for children separated from their birth families, Holt-Vietnam is working to increase foster care services to homeless children.
Domestic & Intercountry Adoption Holt-Vietnam works with local government agencies to place children with Vietnamese adoptive families. Holt-Vietnam works with Holt International to give relinquished or abandoned children, unable to be reunited with birth families or adopted locally, a permanent family in the United States.

Requirements: Couples over the age of 25, married at least 2 years and have no more than two divorces each.
At the time of placement, the average age of child is 10-15 months. Families may chose gender of child.
Both parents must travel to Vietnam for 12-18 days to complete their child's adoption. While you are in Vietnam, the Holt Vietnam staff will assist you with all phases of your trip relating to adoption processing. Our staff is very experienced in working with American families and are available on the trip if any issues, concerns, or questions arise.

Estimated Cost: $10,325 - fee for 2005, includes program fee, dossier authentication fee and in-country processing fees. Does not include USCIS, travel, homestudy or post-placement fees.

Date Agency Started: 1956
Licensing State(s): Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, and South Dakota
Licensed by Vietnam: Yes 2006
Date Started in VN: Holt originally worked in Vietnam in the early 1970s with an extensive foster care program. An important memory of that time was "Operation Babylift", when almost 400 children were evacuated from Saigon for adoption in the United States during the last few days of the war. In 1989, at the invitation of the Vietnamese government, Holt returned to Vietnam to assist the government in the operation of orphanages and the provision of services to orphan children. Today Holt maintains three offices in Vietnam - Hanoi in the north, Danang in the central part of the country, and outside of Ho Chi Minh City in the southern province of Binh Duong.
VN Provinces: Hanoi, Danang, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai
501(c)(3) Non Profit: Since 1956
Memberships: COA, JCICS, CWA, ECFA

Adoption Agency: Holt International Children’s Services
Address: 1195 City View, (PO Box 2880), Eugene, OR 97402
Phone: (541) 687-2202
Fax: (541) 683-6175

Information on this page is provided by the agency. By responding to questions for our parent support site, these agencies indicate their support for openess in Vietnam adoptions. We are not an agency nor does this listing represent our endorsement. I have spent many hours putting together this free resource to facilitate more open information on adopting from Vietnam and help parents make an informed adoption decision. I hope you find it useful! Please take the time to carefully research your adoption agency selection.

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