Vietnam’s laws on child adoption have been improved and brought closer in line with international standards - especially in the case of foreign adopting parents - but further improvement is needed, a conference heard in Hanoi on April 4.

The discussion was co-organised by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Children’s Fund to review three years of implementing the Law on Adoption and two years of executing The Hague Convention of Child Protection and International Cooperation in Child Protection.

Participants pointed out several difficulties in adopting children at home and abroad, such as defining suitable parents, profiling orphans and conducting the necessary procedures for adoption.

They agreed that the Vietnamese Government should continue perfecting its regulations on adoption, and strengthen coordination between ministries and sectors in order to effectively implement the Law on Adoption and The Hague Convention.

They also stressed the need to publicise guidance on the law to raise people’s awareness, and invest in technology application to serve the State management in child adoption.-VNA