China Adoptions

Chinese Adoption Program

In March 2011, Agape Adoptions merged with Americans Adopting Orphans. In that merger, Agape Adoptions acquired and took over AAO's China program, a program that has been in existence since 1994. We are proud to continue to work with China with AAO’s namesake, Agape Adoptions dba Americans Adopting Orphans. 


China's adoption program is formalized and stable. The China program is a great choice for families who are open to children with special needs and to a wide range of ages. In addition, many recent changes to China's eligibility requirements have made it easier for more families to adopt from this country. In most cases, Agape Adoptions is able to match families within 12 months. Therefore, we strongly encourage families to submit their documentation in advance and be “paperwork ready.” All adoptions from China are completed in accordance with the Hague Convention on inter country adoption. More information can be found here.


The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) is the adoption authority for all adoptions from China. Accredited agencies in the United States, like Agape Adoptions, work directly with the CCCWA to help complete your family through adoption. Families can be matched with a Non Special Focus (NSF) child, typically a younger child with minor special needs, or a Special Focus (SF) child, typically an older child or a child of any age with moderate special needs.


Agape Adoptions/AAO is not accepting applications for families interested in a Non-Special Needs (healthy) children only.

Eligibility Requirements for China Adoptions


From CCCWA: In order to further promote the scientific and standardized level of inter-country adoption, and implement our working principle "everything for the children", we have refined and improved the review points for deciding the eligibility of foreigners adopting from China, in accordance with the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, and Measures for Registration of Adoption of Children by Foreigners in the People's Republic of China, as well as the practice of paper review of CCCWA.  

 

Age 

1. The prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) should reach the age of 30, and the age difference between the PAP and the adoptee should be not more than 50 years. 

2. When a couple adopts together, the age difference should be counted based on the age of the younger party.  

Marital Status 

1. The PAP(s) should be a couple of one male and one female, or a single female with no homosexual tendency. 

2. In the adoption by a couple (couple adoption), the PAPs should have a stable marital status, either party should have not more than 2 divorces. If one party has no divorce history or 1 divorce, their current marriage should last not less than 2 years. If one party has 2 divorces, their current marriage should last not less than 5 years. 

3. In calculating the marriage lasting time for PAPs, the time living together before their marriage can be included. When calculating the number of divorces, widow and remarriage after divorce are not included.   

Health Conditions 

The PAPs should be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to raise and educate the adoptee, but without any of the following conditions:

(1) Intellectual disability;

(2) HIV positive, or infectious disease that is actively contagious; 

(3) Schizophrenia; 

(4) Mental disorder including mania, depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety and phobia, etc. PAP(s) with minor symptoms and are under good control by taking medicine, assessed by a psychological professional as having no effects on their normal work and life and fit to care and educate the adoptee, will be exempt from this limitation; 

(5) Binocular blindness, binocular low vision or monocular blindness with no ocular prosthesis; 

(6) Severe facial deformation; 

(7) Binaural hearing loss or language function loss; PAPs who adopt children with identical conditions, or with one party of a couple healthy will be exempt from this limitation; 

(8) Non-function or dysfunction of limbs or trunk caused by impairment, incomplete limb, paralysis or deformation; 

(9) Diseases that require long-term treatment, and have bad prognosis which will affect PAPs' child care ability such as lupus, nephrosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.; In a couple adoption, if one party is completely healthy and the other suffers any of such diseases but is under good control after treatment, they will be exempt from this limitation if they can provide a doctor's note to attest that the illness has no effects on their normal work and life and fit for caring the adoptee;

(10) Skin cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer and testicular cancer that has been cured for less than 3 years; other kinds of cancer or malignant tumor that has been cured less than 5 years; 

(11) Vital organ transplant within 10 years; In a couple adoption, if one party is healthy and the other party had organ transplant within 10 years but has recovered to live a normal life, they will be exempt from this limitation; 

(12) BMI must be less than 40; BMI Calculator

(13) Short stature or dwarfism; PAPs who adopt children with identical conditions will be exempt from this limitation.   

Educational background 

The PAPs should have received senior high school education or above, or vocational and technical skills education of the same level. 

Family Financial Conditions 

1. The PAPs (at least one party of a couple in a couple adoption) should have stable occupation and income. The per-capita annual income of a family including the prospective adoptee should reach 10,000 USD; When calculating the family per-capita annual income in an adoption by a single parent, the number of family members should be one more than the actual family member number after adoption 

2. Couple adoption's family net worth should reach 80,000 USD, and single adoption's family net worth should reach 100,000 USD. 

3. Welfare allowance such as relief fund, pension, disability benefits, adoption subsidy, foster care subsidy and disabled child subsidy, etc. are not included in the family annual income. 

4. Proper relaxation can be granted to foreigners living in China on the aspects of family annual income and net worth. 

Moral Characters 

The PAPs should have no record of criminal penalties, have good moral characters, honorable behaviors and abide by laws and regulations, without any of the following circumstances:

(1) a history of domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment/abuse of children (even if they were not arrested or convicted); 

(2) a history of taking drugs including opium, morphine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, smokable methamphetamine and etc; 

(3) a history of alcohol abuse and have stopped drinking for less than 10 years. Adoption application will be given due consideration when the PAPs have had no more than 3 criminal records with minor violations and no severe outcomes, and the time for correction has reached 10 years; or have had no more than 5 records of traffic law violation with no severe outcomes. 

Children in the House 

1. The adoption of orphans, disable children, or abandoned infants and children whose parents cannot be ascertained or found, are not subject to the requirement that the adopter should be childless. 

2. The PAPs should have enough time and energy to take care of the minors in the house including the prospective adoptee. In a couple adoption, the number of minors living in the house of the PAPs should be not more than 5; in a single adoption, the number of minors in the house of the PAPs should be not more than 2. 

3. The youngest child in the house should reach 3 years old.   

Adoption Frequency and Numbers 

1. Adopters should submit post placement reports as required after the adoption; There should be a 1 year interval between the second adoption application and the previous one (from the registration date of the previous adoption to the current adoption application date). 

2. In principle, the PAPs should adopt 1 child from China at a time. 

3. In a couple adoption, if adoptee is a twin or multiple births or have siblings, the adoption will be exempt from the limitation of item 2.   

Others 

1. The PAPs should receive pre-adoption training to have a correct cognition and understanding of the possible risks of inter-country adoption, be fully prepared for the adoption and care of the adoptee. The PAPs should promise in the inter-country adoption application letter that they will not abandon or maltreat the child to be adopted, and will submit post placement reports as required. 

2. As for PAPs residing in countries other than their birth country, if they intend to apply to adopt from China, they should reside in countries which have cooperative relationship with China in inter-country adoption, or in contracting states of the Hague Convention. 

3. This document does not apply to stepchild adoptions. As for the adoption of a child belonging to a collateral relative by blood of the same generation and up to the third degree of kinship, relaxation will be granted properly. 

4. Time or age is calculated based on the adoption application dossier's log-in-date at CCCWA. 

5. This document shall enter into force as of the date of issuance. In the event of any inconsistency between this document and previous CCCWA regulations or notices, the review points of this document shall apply.   


China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption     

Travel

The wait time to bring a child home from China varies as it depends on the paperwork process. Most families travel to China within 5-8 months of their paperwork being completed (home study completed, dossier submitted and are matched locked in with a child).  The Chinese government requires a 10-12 day stay with at least one parent traveling. The parent that travels must be a US citizen. Agape Adoptions works closely with travel guides who assist families while in China.

Post Adoption

Agape Adoptions will guide you through the post placement phase of your adoption after you return home with your child. Families are required to complete six (6) post placement reports:  at 6 and 12 months, and at 2, 3, 4 and 5 years after placement. The first three reports are completed by your home study agency; the last three reports are completed as self-reports. All reports are submitted through Agape Adoptions. Agape Adoptions will advise you throughout the reporting process. Each report in intended to communicate to the CCCWA and Agape Adoptions how the family is adjusting to the adoption. 

About the Children

Children of all ages, from infants to young teens, are available for adoption. Children range in age from one year to age 14 at time of referral; children must be adopted prior to turning 14 years old in China. 


There are many young boys waiting for families in China, as well as girls.  


Many children available for adoption have identified medical special needs. Some medical conditions may be considered minor in the US; while other conditions may be more significant and even encompass multiple issues. When adopting a child with special needs, Agape Adoptions strongly encourages families to research the medical needs they are open to, as well as consult with their family physician and/or an adoption medical professional for more information about the particular health issues their child might face.

Adopting from China

The Process:

  • Complete adoption application for preliminary approval by Agape Adoptions. 
  • Complete adoption home study report (generally 3-4 months to complete). If you live outside of Washington or Oregon, you must select a Hague or COA accredited home study agency in your state. Once complete, your home study will be filed with the Immigration office.
  • Complete dossier documents. The dossier is then sent to China for officially submission with the CCCWA, China’s adoption authority.

Matching:

Once your family has submitted your application and have been accepted into our China program, we will work together to match your family with a child. In most cases, we will look at matching your family once you have a home study completed. However, if you identify a child on a waiting child list and your home study is not yet completed, we can work with you in this manner too.  Some children can be matched with families immediately. Others, generally young children with the most minor needs, can only be matched with families who have completed their dossier. In most cases, we are able to match families within 12 months of home study completion. 

Travel

The wait time to bring a child home from China varies as it depends on the paperwork process. Most families travel to China within 5-8 months of their paperwork being completed (home study completed, dossier submitted and are matched locked in with a child). The Chinese government requires a 10-12 day stay with at least one parent traveling. The parent that travels must be a US citizen. Agape Adoptions works closely with travel guides who assist families while in China.

Post Adoption

Agape Adoptions will guide you through the post placement phase of your adoption after you return home with your child. Families are required to complete six (6) post placement reports:  at 6 and 12 months, and at 2, 3, 4 and 5 years after placement. The first three reports are completed by your home study agency; the last three reports are completed as self-reports. All reports are submitted through Agape Adoptions. Agape Adoptions will advise you throughout the reporting process. Each report in intended to communicate to the CCCWA and Agape Adoptions how the family is adjusting to the adoption. 

Costs

Agape Adoptions will guide you through the post placement phase of your adoption after you return home with your child. Families are required to complete six (6) post placement reports:  at 6 and 12 months, and at 2, 3, 4 and 5 years after placement. The first three reports are completed by your home study agency; the last three reports are completed as self-reports. All reports are submitted through Agape Adoptions. Agape Adoptions will advise you throughout the reporting process. Each report in intended to communicate to the CCCWA and Agape Adoptions how the family is adjusting to the adoption. 


*The children pictured on our website are not available for adoption/placement. Use of photos is granted with permission of the legal guardian/parent.

S. Family

“Agape Adoption's experience with China, its culture and history, the rigorous requirements and their knowledge and understanding about special needs children made us feel confident and positive about our adoption experience.”