China adoption process

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China adoption requirements

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Both parents must be between the ages of 30 and 50.

Couples interested in adopting a special needs child must be between the ages of 30 and 55...  Readmore...

China has very strict criteria for prospective parents wanting to adopt their children. You must ensure you fulfil the requirements before choosing to adopt from China. To adopt from China you must fulfil the requirements of your home country government as well as those of China.

The China Centre for Children Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) is responsible for inter-country adoptions in China. China is known for having healthy baby girls living in orphanages, but the reality is that children aged 0-14 of both genders are living in orphanages and are waiting for families. China still has a 'healthy child' adoption programme, but there are very few children now available for adoption. As a result, this programme has a very long wait list and can take around 5-6 years for families to adopt. The China ‘special needs’ adoption programme is run by the China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). It is currently a much bigger, faster and thriving programme. Children may be considered special needs because they had a corrected surgery at birth, because they have a birth mark, missing a finger, they were a premature baby…special needs doesn’t have to mean it will or should prevent a child from living a healthy life. There are 2000 children with adoption paperwork ready at any one time. All children waiting in orphanages in China belong to the state and they cannot be reunited with a birth family. The International Adoption Centre has just been approved 2013 to process special needs adoptions from China. You should adopt from China if you are committed to giving a home to a child that otherwise would not have the chance of a loving family.

Please note: Chinese authorities are extremely sensitive about the operation of foreign entities in China. Moreover, adoption is also a sensitive subject in China. It is therefore advisable for any person interested in adopting a child from China to act with discretion and decorum. High-profile attention to adoption in China could curtail or eliminate altogether altogether adoption of Chinese children by persons from countries, including the United States, that have caused adoption to become the subject of public attention.

Chinese documentary requirements

Power of attorney notarized and authenticated (if only one spouse will travel to China). In case of married couples, if only one adopting parent comes to China, Chinese law requires that the spouse traveling bring a power of attorney...

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How much does it costs

Fees charged by Chinese authorities in connection with foreign adoptions may vary depending on the province where the child is adopted. However, for each adoption, there are standard fees that adoptive parents must pay...
 

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China’s intercountry adoption law

Abandoned at birth because of China's strict one-child-per-familypolicy. Olivia was destined to grow up in one of China's 41,000 state-runorphanages had it not been for the determination of her new-found parents tomake their family complete.  

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