Directive No. 19/CT-TTg dated September 20, 2013 of the Prime Minister on raising awareness of the Law on Adoption and strengthening measures to ensure execution of Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption

Over the past years, Law on Adoption of Vietnam has been gradually completed. The Law on Adoption was approved by National Assembly on June 17, 2010. Vietnam became an official member of the Hague Convention No.33 dated May 29, 1993, on protection of children and cooperation in respect of Intercountry adoption (hereinafter referred to as the Hague Convention). The Prime Minister approved Scheme on implementing the Hague Convention during 2012-2015 in the Decision No. 1233/QD-TTg dated September 07, 2012.

However, implementation of the Law on Adoption and Hague Convention still remains some incumbrances. The registration of adoption is not paid much attention; some unserious cases don’t comply with the orders of and procedures for settlement of adoption as prescribed by law. Some localities still stardily settle the adoption with foreign elements, hence affecting to rights and benefits of children who need find substitute family.

Main cause of the above situation is the limited awareness of some officers in charge of solving adoption case and of people about legal regulations on adoption and Hague convention. In many localities, officers in charge of solving adoption case have not yet had change in implementation of Law on Adoption. They have not yet timely provided guidance on implementating the separation between humanitarian assistance and introduction on children for being adopted by foreigners. Nurturing-children units are still late in making the list of children living in their areas, who need have substitute family, making dossiers of children living in nurturing units, who are introduced to be adopted.