Vietnam to help children adopted by foreigners visit homeland

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A file photo shows Pax Thien (with white hat), a Vietnamese boy who was adopted by American actress Angelina Jolie in 2007, and his adoptive mother during a visit to his homeland in 2011. Photo credit: Bao Da Nang Dien Tu A file photo shows Pax Thien (with white hat), a Vietnamese boy who was adopted by American actress Angelina Jolie in 2007, and his adoptive mother during a visit to his homeland in 2011. Photo credit: Bao Da Nang Dien Tu

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The Justice Ministry has approved a project to help children adopted by foreigners visit their original homeland.
The ministry said in a statement that agencies in charge of adoption procedures have never organized trips and activities for adopted children to visit Vietnam before.
Some adopted children visit their biological parents by themselves without assistance and careful psychological preparations. In some cases this has left a negative impact on those involved, the ministry said.
Funding for the project will come from the state exchequer, including adoption fees, and from donors.
As part of the project, a computer database will also be built to gather information about adopted Vietnamese persons and their origins.
Official statistics published by Vietnam News showed that 498 Vietnamese children were adopted by foreigners last year and 334 in 2013.

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