Our China Waiting Child Program is quite busy! At this time nearly all CAS families with a submitted dossier have received their referrals, so the wait times are generally very reasonable for families joining our program. Carolina Adoption Services has launched a successful orphanage partnership, in addition to matching families with children on the national registry. Several families were matched with children through our partner orphanage recently, and we are anticipating the files for more children. We are welcoming new families to learn more about our program and adopt from China!
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China Adoption Overview
Program Coordinator: Allie Hamel
Children Available: 10 months to 13 years. Children’s needs vary from minor correctable needs to non-correctable needs. Every case is different, just as every child is unique.
Parent Requirements: 30 to 55 years old; married couples or single women. Couples must be married 2 years or more. Single women are eligible for the Special Focus program.
Travel Requirements: 1 trip to China lasting 12 to 14 days
a. 5 to 7 months between approval of adoption home study to match with child
b. 5 to 7 months from match to travel to China
More Details: China Waiting Child Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
About the Children:
Children waiting to be adopted from China have varying special needs. These may be minor, correctable needs such as cleft lip/palate to non-correctable needs, where their family may need to provide on-going medical care. Some children may have already received surgery or other corrective medical treatment in China.
Children may also have non-correctable needs, such as Down syndrome or albino pigmentation. Some waiting children are simply older than 5 years old and do not have any special needs.
1. Age: Parents must be a minimum of 30 years of age and under 55 years of age at the time the dossier is submitted.
2. Marital status: Parents with prior marriages must have been married to their current spouse for at least 5 years. If neither parent in a couple was married previously, they must have been married a minimum of 2 years. Single women are eligible to adopt special focus children.
3. Health, Finances, and Other Considerations:
a. Adoptive parents, married or single, must have a body mass index (BMI) under 40; body mass index is a calculation comparing your weight and height. BMI Chart
b. Finances: At least one family member must have stable employment. Families must demonstrate a minimum gross annual income of $10,000 per household member. Married couples must demonstrate a net worth of $80,000 and single women must demonstrate a net worth of $100,000.
c. Certain past or current medical conditions and/or criminal records may exclude applicants for adopting through the China Waiting Child program. You are encouraged to discuss any questions about your eligibility during a family consultation, prior to submitting an application to adopt.
d. Parents cannot belong to a religion that forbids medical care such as blood transfusions and immunizations.
Our China Waiting Child Adoption Program & Process:
Families are assisted with creating an adoptive parent profile during their home study process. This helps determine which types of special needs you are open to and can most-successfully parent.
Families work closely with program coordinator Allie Hamel throughout the matching process. Once your family’s guidelines are established, Carolina Adoption Services may utilize China’s national waiting child registry, or our orphanage partnership, to identify a child.
The matching process may take only a few days or a few months, depending on the children waiting for their forever families and your requests. If you are matched with a child from the CCCWA shared list, you will be notified and will have 48 hours to submit the necessary paperwork. Until this paperwork is submitted and the Program Coordinator “locks” the file, there is no guarantee that child will not be referred to another agency or family. This paperwork is sent to CCCWA to be reviewed and approved. If approved, CCCWA will issue a pre-approval letter.
Families hoping to be matched with a younger child with minor and correctable special needs must first submit their dossier to China before receiving a match. Single women and couples who will consider a child on the Special Focus list may receive a match before their home study and dossier are completed.
After your dossier and your match are both approved, the CCCWA will send the final acceptance confirmation letter. You will sign this letter and submit your I800 application to US Immigration.
Travel will be scheduled within about 2 to 3 months for a 12 to 14 day trip. This single trip will be where you meet your child and take the steps to complete paperwork in China.
China: The Country
China, or the People’s Republic of China, is a country of great contrasts, with vast rural regions and congested cities bursting as a result of a rapid urbanization in the past few decades. It is one of the largest countries in the world by land area, and unquestioned as the largest country by population, with 1.3 billion people.
China recognizes 56 ethnic minorities among its population, and at least 10 different languages or dialects are spoken, though “Standard Mandarin” is the official national language.
Chinese inventors and artists have had a profound impact on the rest of Asia and the rest of the world for almost all of the country’s 5,000-year history. China is credited as the source of everyday things as diverse as ice cream and opera.
Though the political system of China is Communism, free market reforms have taken root there in recent decades and made its economy one of the fastest growing in the world. Manufacturing, mining and technology are among the industries where China is headlining world business news.