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THE CHINA PROGRAM
China is a Hague country. The Children’s Home China program offers two tracks, Traditional and Waiting Child. Both tracks require openness to children with identified needs that range from minor/correctable to lifelong. We are actively seeking families for both of China’s program tracks.Watch an On-Demand Webinar About Our China Program Now
CHILDREN IN CHINA
Children are generally between the ages of 7 months to 13 years at the time of referral and have been approved for international adoption by China’s central authority, the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). Children placed through our Traditional Track are identified as having special needs that are most often classified as minor, mild or correctable. Children placed through our Waiting Child Track are toddler age up to 13 years. Waiting children have moderate to lifelong needs, or be children over age eight with no known medical needs. In the Traditional Track we may see children with: cleft lip and palate, heart conditions, Hepatitis B, limb differences, repaired meningocele and developmental delays. In the Waiting Child Track we commonly see children with: impaired mobility, complex heart conditions, ambiguous genitalia, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and developmental delays, among other conditions. Overall we see far more boys waiting for families than girls in China.Meet Children Waiting in China Now
THE CARE IN CHINA
Children in China are cared for in government-run orphanages and, in some cases, foster care established through an orphanage. Children receive basic medical care, adequate nutrition and education. As numerous studies have demonstrated, institutional care is not conducive to optimal development, therefore children may experience orphanage-related delays.
Like most international adoption programs, China has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. All applicants must be at least 30 years old. For heterosexual married couples, there can be no more than 50 years’ difference between the youngest parent and the child. Single women are eligible and cannot have more than 45 years’ difference between themselves and the child. Applicants cannot have serious physical or mental health concerns. Full requirements for singles and married couples can be found here, we encourage all interested applicants to contact us to discuss individual circumstances and eligibility.
Requirements may be flexible for those pursuing an adoption through our Waiting Child Track.
The first step for the Traditional Track is to apply and begin the home study process. If you live in MN, Western WI, MD or VA, Children’s Home and LSS can complete your home study. Then, we will guide you to apply for USCIS approval and compile a dossier that we send to CCCWA. If you’ve previously adopted from China, learn more about reusing your dossier here. Once your dossier is logged in by CCCWA, our experienced staff will utilize the CCCWA online database to identify a child for whom you may be an appropriate match. Most families accept a referral within six to nine months of their official dossier login date that is assigned by CCCWA. At least one parent must travel to China. There is one trip of approximately two weeks required. Travel occurs approximately 4-5 months after referral acceptance.
Families following the Waiting Child Track will bypass the wait for referral, but are required to complete all other steps in the process.View China Fees and ExpensesCompare International Programs Side-by-Side Global Family Support