China’s Waiting Child adoption program
In the waiting children program (boys and girls) with minor special needs, adoptive parents can expect a 12 – 18 month process from application to picking up your child in China.
The special needs program is in classic Chinese style a very organized and ethical adoption program. You will enjoy the most smoothly run program in the world that places more children to the United States each year than any other country. Small World’s experienced staff will lead you through the process step by step. Our staff in China is English speaking and is dedicated to making your trip to China an informative and memorable experience.
The adoption process in China
Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. The Small World employees communicate with you throughout the process of your Home Study and process your dossier for you as a service.
Small World has increased in every area of it’s partnership with China’s Adoption programs and is moving forward with Bold new initiatives to the delight of CCCWA
For any further questions concerning our China program please contact the China Program Director Lisa Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chinese authority (CCCWA) has their own set of requirements for adoptive families. Below you will find a basic list of those requirements. You’ll notice that some requirements are conditional. Please contact us if you have any question about your eligibility.
China requires that each applicant be at least 30 years old at the time your dossier is registered with the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption. There can be no more than 50 years difference in age between the younger parent and the adoptive child.
China requires an income of $10,000 per family member including your future adopted child. For single applicants, the income requirement includes an additional $10,000. In addition, the CCCWA requires a minimum net worth of at least $80,000 for a married couple and $100,000 for a single applicant.
Applicants who do not meet the required income and/or total net worth requirement may still be able to adopt. This would require showing that your income/net worth is adequate for meeting the financial requirement for where you live. This could be especially helpful for American expats living abroad.
Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) should be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to raise and educate the adoptee, but may not have any of the following conditions:
- Intellectual disability
- HIV positive, or infectious disease that is actively contagious
- Mental disorder including mania, depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety and phobia, etc. PAP(s) with minor symptoms may be exempt from this limitation if their symptoms are well controlled by medication and they have an assessment from a psychological professional who concludes that their symptoms have no effect on their normal work and life and that they are fit to care for and educate the adoptee.
- Binocular blindness, binocular low vision or monocular blindness with no ocular prosthesis
- Severe facial deformity
- 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
- Non-function or dysfunction of limbs or trunk caused by impairment, incomplete limb, paralysis or deformity
- Diseases that require long-term treatment, and have a prognosis which will affect the PAPs’ ability to care for the child, such as lupus, nephrosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, etc. Married applicants may be exempt from this limitation if only one of them is completely healthy and the other suffers from such a disease but is under control after treatment, if they can provide a doctor’s note to attest that the illness has no effect on their normal work and life and that he/she is fit to care for the adoptee.
- 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
- Vital organ transplant within 10 years – Married applicants are exempt from this limitation if one party is healthy and the other party had an organ transplant within 10 years but has recovered to live a normal life.
- Short stature or dwarfism – PAPs who adopt children with identical conditions will be exempt from this limitation.
- Alcoholism within the last 10 years
- Any history of illegal drug or narcotic use or abuse
- Either parent uses a wheelchair or mobility aid
- BMI equal to or over 40. What is my BMI?
PAPs should have enough time and energy to take care of the minors in the house including the prospective adoptee. For married applicants, the number of minors living in the home of the PAPs should be no more than 5. For single applicants, the number of minors in the home of the PAPs should be no more than 2.
The youngest child in the house should be at least 3 years old by the time your dossier is registered with the CCCWA.
Time Between Adoptions
There should be a 1 year interval between the submission of the second adoption dossier and the previous adoption date (from the registration date of the previous adoption to the current LID date). In principle, the PAPs should adopt 1 child from China at a time.
Prospective Adoptive Parents should be a married couple of one male and one female, or a single female.
Married couples should have a stable marriage and must have been married for at least 2 years. Either party should have no more than 2 divorces. If either person has 2 divorces, the applicants must have been married for at least 5 years.
In calculating length of marriage, the time that the couple lived together before their marriage can be included. When calculating the number of divorces, widow and remarriage after divorce are not included.
The PAPs should have no record of any major criminal offenses, have good moral character, demonstrate honorable behaviors, and abide by laws and regulations, without any of the following circumstances:
- A history of domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment/abuse of children (even if they were not arrested or convicted)
- A history of using drugs including opium, morphine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, smokeable methamphetamine, etc.
- A history of alcohol abuse with sobriety of less than 10 years.
- Current warrants or probation
- Any arrest for a violent crime or felony arrests
- 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
The PAPs should have a high school education or above, or vocational and technical skills education of the same level.
PAPs have to reside in countries which have a cooperative relationship with China in inter-country adoption, or in contracting states of the Hague Convention. To see a list of the current list of Hague Accredited countries click here.
In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our China program is open to Christian families only.
The 1 month report is no longer required.
The new report sequence is as follows: 6 month, 1 year, 2 year, 3 year, 4 year & 5 year.
- The 6 month, 1 year & 2 year reports require a social worker visit and to be written by the social worker.
- The 3 year, 4 year & 5 year reports do not require a social worker visit, but require the family complete the Post Adoption Family Report Form from Small World.
- The Post Adoption Family Report will be submitted back to Small World for review and then submitted to China by Small World’s Vice President of Post Placement Services.
- Also, the “Feedback On Special Needs” and “Medical Check-Up for the Adoptee” forms are no longer required.
For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services.
Fees for China adoption paid to Small World:
|Dossier Fee (Includes shipping all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process)||$3,300|
|Letter of Intent (per child)||$1,500|
|Foreign Program Fee (Per child unless indicated)||$9,000-$10,000|
|Post Adoption Services* (per child)||$2,400|
Estimated Expenses for China adoption above fees paid to Small World:
|US State Dept. Monitoring Fee||$500|
|FBI Fingerprints ($85 per adult living in the home)||$170|
|Roundtrip Air from US (2 adults returning with 1 child)||$4,000|
|Hotel/Ground Trans. (This includes: 2 adults, the adopted child, the adoption guide, and $200 per traveler coordination fee)||$5,000|
Total Adoption Cost:
|Total Adoption Cost||$35,395 – $36,395|
|Application Fee||Payment must accompany submission of application.|
|Services Agreement||The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World along with the US Dept of State Monitoring Fee (See Estimated Expenses) as the next step after the client’s application review.|
|US State Dept. Monitoring Fee||In compliance with the mandate issued by the US State Department, this fee is collected by Small World and paid to the agency appointed by the US State Department for Monitoring and Oversight. The US State Department requires that the $500 (per child) fee be remitted following the finalized contract for services with your adoption agency. The payment will not be refunded by the Monitoring agency under any circumstance.|
|Home Study Fee||Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of Home Study services. The Home Study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the Home Study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.|
|Home Study Review Fee||All Home Studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your Home Study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a Home Study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your Home Study provider.|
|Agency Fee||Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed Homestudy. No further work may be performed toward the adoption until the agency fee is received by Small World. The agency fee for each additional child adopted simultaneously with the first child for most programs is eligible for a 50% discount.|
|Post Adoption Services||*An $800 partial payment of Post Adoption Services, per child, must be submitted with the Home Study fee. The post adoption services balance, per child, is due prior to travel. For families residing outside of GA/MO/TN, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.|
|Post Adoption & Exempt Providers||When post adoption reports are completed by a Small World pre-approved exempt provider, the client will be eligible for a Post Adoption Services discount. To be eligible for the discount, the pre-approved exempt provider must be under contract with Small World prior to client travel to the foreign country. Applicable discounts will be applied to the post adoption balance due prior to travel.|
|Dossier Prep & Registration Fee||Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing.|
|Letter of Intent||Payment to Small World must accompany the document packet indicating that you intend to pursue a specific child for adoption. Submission of the intent to pursue a particular child for adoption does not guarantee approval by the foreign country.|
|Foreign Program Fee||The foreign program fee includes funds required by the foreign supervised provider, exit documents, and program development.
For China, the published foreign program fee assumes the full, standard orphanage donation fee. Details regarding Small World’s process for the orphanage donation fee can be found at https://smallworldadoption.com/blog/. The estimated foreign program fee and the estimated in-China travel is billed upon receiving I800 and is due prior to TA arrival. The estimate is updated to reflect actual costs upon receiving the final cost list from China after the requested itinerary is finalized. If the actual costs are lower than the estimate, the resulting over-payment will be credited back to the family. If the actual costs are higher than the estimate, the resulting underpayment must be remitted to Small World prior to departing for Gotcha Day. This invoice will include a 3% payment processing fee for the applicable amount paid online.
For all other countries, half of the Foreign Program Fee is due at the time of I800 or I600 approval, and the balance is due prior to travel.
NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE INVOICED AND PAID. DOSSIER, REFERRAL, FOREIGN FEES, AND POST ADOPTION SERVICES ARE BASED ON FEES SET BY THE FOREIGN PROVIDER AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDINGLY.
Country And Culture
A country in eastern Asia, China is officially named the People’s Republic of China. China covers an area of 3,696,100 sq mi and has a population of approximately 1,298,848,000. The capital of China is Beijing. The Han, or ethnic Chinese, form more than nine-tenths of the population.
Languages spoken are many dialects of Han Chinese. Mandarin and Cantonese are the two most broadly spoken languages in China. Religions in China include Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Daoism. The currency in China is the renminbi of which the unit is the Yuan.
Peoples from Manchuria overran China in 1644 and established the Qing (Manchu) dynasty. Ever-increasing incursions by Western and Japanese interests led in the 19th century to the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, and the Sino-Japanese War, all of which weakened the Manchu. The dynasty fell in 1911, and a republic was proclaimed in 1912 by Sun Yat-sen. The power struggles of warlords weakened the republic. Under Chiang Kai-shek, some national unification was achieved in the 1920s, but Chiang soon broke with the communists, who then formed their own armies. Japan invaded northern China in 1937; its occupation lasted until 1945.
The communists gained support after the Long March (1934–35), in which Mao Zedong emerged as their leader. Upon Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, a fierce civil war began; in 1949 the Nationalists fled to Taiwan, and the communists proclaimed the People’s Republic of China.
The communists undertook extensive reforms, but pragmatic policies alternated with periods of revolutionary upheaval, most notably in the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The anarchy, terror, and economic paralysis of the latter led, after Mao’s death in 1976, to a turn to moderation under Deng Xiaoping, who undertook economic reforms and renewed China’s ties to the West. The government established diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 1979.
Since the late 1970s the economy has been moving from central planning and state-run industries to a mixture of state-owned and private enterprises in manufacturing and services, in the process growing dramatically and transforming Chinese society. The Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 was a challenge to an otherwise increasingly stable political environment after 1980. In 1997 Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule, as did Macau in 1999.
Small World English speaking Representatives meet each family at the plane upon arrival in the province of your child’s institution and guide and accompany you through every step of the adoption process. You will be in the province approximately one week before flying to Guangzhou where our representatives will meet your plane and carry you to your hotel.
Our representatives will walk you through the entire process in Guangzhou culminating in your child’s visa from the US Consulate. Small World Representatives will accompany you to the airport for your departure from China back to your home with your child. Your total trip time is typically 2 weeks from your front door and back.
More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and where possible, the number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.