Vietnam and the United States to resume inter-country adoptions

American parents will soon be able to adopt Vietnamese children, according to the US Embassy in Hanoi. Last Friday, American officials announced the resumption of a limited adoption program, which could being as early as this week. Under the new program, only children with special needs and those over five years of age will be eligible for adoption. Officials are optimistic that these stipulations will make it easier for Vietnamese officials to closely monitor all adoption cases, ensuring the safety and well-being of the children in question. Six years ago, the United States imposed a ban on Vietnamese adoptions after suspicions of baby-selling arose. These allegations were later confirmed by a UN-commissioned report, which found that adoption agencies in Vietnam often paid off orphanages to target children for adoption without performing proper background checks.

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