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 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 your family complete an adoption from China. 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) child only.
In 2017, the Chinese Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption revised its eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about these requirements.
The wait time to bring a child home from China varies as it depends on the paperwork process. Most families travel to China within five to eight months of their paperwork being completed (home study completed, dossier submitted and are matched locked in with a child). More details about the Process are available in our PROGRAM OVERVIEW.
In general, families spend 10 - 12 days in country 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.
All fees are based on two adoptive parents and one adopted child
Total Agency Fees: $5750-$6750
Total application, parent education, dossier and other paperwork processing fees: $2250
USCIS, Department of State, and IAAME fees: $1695
Total Home Study and Post Placement fees: $4200
Home Study ($1750)
Post Adoption fees ($375 per report) Additional mileage and travel fees may be incurred for families located more than 100 miles from the main office, or city center of Spokane or Portland
Home Study Review Fee, for families completing a home study with another agency: $550
Total Visa Fees: $875
Total Estimated Travel fees: $6750-$9100
Total Estimated in country fees for child’s adoption processing: ~$1400, depending on province
Orphanage Donation: Entirely up to the family
Total estimated adoption & travel expenses: $23,470 - $26,820
A detailed fee schedule is available upon request
“Agape Adoptions' 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.”