Our China program is off to a busy start in the New Year! Two families have traveled and three families have received and accepted matches. Our list of families waiting to receive matches is very short and most families receive a referral within 6 months of dossier submission. We are encouraging families to apply now to this wonderful program.

China Adoption Overview

Program Sheet

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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 and older; married couples or single women.  Couples must be married 2 years or more.  For married couples, the age difference between the younger parent and the child to be adopted can be no more than 50 years. For single women, the age difference can be no more than 45 years.

Travel Requirements: 1 trip to China lasting 12 to 14 days

Adoption Timeline:
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.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Age: 30 years or older. The maximum age difference between the youngest married parent and child to be adopted is 50 years.  Single women can be no more than 45 years older than the child to be adopted.
2. Marital status: Married couples must be married at least 2 years. Parents with prior marriages must have been married to their current spouse for at least 5 years. Single women are eligible to adopt.
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 up to 7 months, depending on the children waiting for their forever families and your parent profile.  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. This paperwork is sent to the CCCWA to be reviewed and approved. If approved, the 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 dossier is 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.

Parents will travel about 5-7 months after receiving a referral.  The trip lasts 12 to 14 days. 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.

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