Eleven orphaned children ranging in age from six months to four-and-a-half years arrived in Los Angeles, Unites States from South Vietnam on Wednesday (26 March).
Eleven orphaned children ranging in age from six months to four-and-a-half years arrived in Los Angeles, Unites States from South Vietnam on Wednesday (26 March). They are just a small minority of thousands of children who have suffered during the long war and they are being helped by an American organisation called "The Friends of Children in Vietnam".
In the past, such agencies have had great difficulties in arranging for couples in the United States to adopt Vietnamese children because of the complexities of South Vietnamese law.
But there is now hope that these problems may soon be eliminated because South Vietnam will be faced with the overwhelming task of caring for thousands more homeless and orphaned children.
Of the most recent arrivals in Los Angeles the elder children are half-American and were abandoned by their Vietnamese mothers and American fathers. Official estimates put the number of half-American children in South Vietnam at least 25,000.
There has never been a shortage of childless couples wishing to adopt South Vietnamese children in the United States, but the agencies are now faced with the problem of not knowing how many of the most recent refugee orphans will need adoptive parents. They also have to find money to feed, house and clothe the children who need their help.