I've been getting quite a few questions re St. An's, so I hope this somewhat clarifies a very muddy issue.
Currently, the United States does not have an adoption agreement in place with Vietnam. In the past decade the program has open and closed several times. Vietnam recently ratified the Hague Convention, (I believe about 18-ish months ago) and is now in the process of implementing it. The implementation of the Hague Convention is a necessity that absolutely will have to take place before an adoption program could open back up. There are a couple other countries that currently do adopt from Vietnam; I believe Canada and Ireland (and I think Italy) have adoption programs with Vietnam, although these are very very small programs. However even when/if a Vietnamese adoption program does opens with the United States, very very few of the orphanages in this country will participate, as is standard with most countries that have adoption programs with the USA. The paperwork to get a child ready for adoption isn't free, and many orphanages are quite low on funds. In addition, non-government run orphanages usually do not qualify. St. An's is not a government run facility and is run by the Catholic church.
(It has been rumored for over 5 years now that an adoption program is imminent-just around the corner. Recently there has been progress to open a very very small "trial" special needs program between Vietnam and the United States in the next couple years. I'll believe it when I see it. Like I said, the rumors that a program will be opening have been continuous since 2008 when the program shut down.)
It was explained to me that this orphanage used to do domestic adoptions many years ago, but Vietnam does not have the same review process that the United States does to qualify adoptive families, and St. An's sadly learned that some of the children it had placed were in homes that were not a good match with its children.
It was obvious to me that the current Father at St. An's loves these children very very much, and is completely aware that the sex trafficking industry is very active in his neck of the woods as well of many other disastrous places a child could find him/herself. Father much prefers to have the children raised in the security of St. An's where the church can ensure their well being.
As you can see, it's not a simple issue. But long story short, these children are not adoptable and likely never will be. They will grow up in their St. An's family.