Adopt A Chinese Orphan

Why Adopt From China?
China has a model adoption program which has been specifically praised by the U.S. Congress. In addition to having a large source of healthy infants, adoptions from China are often less expensive than from other countries, and the process is much more predictable and stable.

Can you Recommend an Adoption Agency? There are many excellent and qualified adoption agencies that we have worked with over the years. Please contact us at for more information.  
How Long Does The Process Take? It is hard to predict with any certainty how much time is required to complete an adoption in China, but recently, adoptions were taking approximately 12 to 14 months from the time the U.S. adoption agency submitted the paperwork to CCAA.

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Useful links:


America World Adoption Association

Bethany Christian Services

Lifeline Children's Services


Shaohannah's Hope

Founding Family

International Care

Gift of Adoption Fund

Christian Adoption Resources

A Child Waits Foundation

Child Adoption Funds


Families With Children from China

Our Chinese Daughter Foundation


China Center of Adoption Affairs

The American Consulate Guangzhou

Adoption Tax Credit

National Endowment for Financial Education: How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option

China Adoption Requirements

Processing Time
Application through arriving home with child, approximately 32-40 months. Special needs Waiting Children Program adoptions vary in processing time, from 10-32 months, based on age and special need of child.

Children Available
6 months to 14 years old, both healthy and special needs Waiting Child Program available.

Parents' Ages
Both spouses must be between 30- and 50-years-old to adopt a healthy child. (Cannot have turned 50 by the time of dossier submission.) Both spouses must be between 30- and 55-years-old to adopt a child with special needs. Singles are not permitted to adopt.

Marriage Status
Only married couples are allowed to adopt, and must be married a minimum of 2 years.

Permitted (maximum of two per spouse). Remarried couples must be married for at least 5 years to adopt.

Children in Family
No more than four children living in the home for a healthy adoption. On a case-by-case basis, families with more than four children can be considered for a child with special needs.

Joint income must be at least $10,000 per member of the household, including your adopted child. The household's net worth must be at least $80,000.

Criminal History
No criminal history permitted. Minor instances reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Medical History
No major medical issues permitted. No mental health diagnoses or treatment permitted. No prior diagnosis for any type of cancer. Both parents must have a BMI below 40. Other medical issues reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Both spouses must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Travel to China
At least one parent must travel. Average stay is 12-15 days.  

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