International adoption:
china partner program

China (Hague Convention Country)

China, also known as The People’s Republic of China, is one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. The nation was ruled by one dynasty after another until 1911 when Dr. Sun Yat-sen started a revolution and overthrew the emperor. Communists led by Mao Zedong drove the nationalists away and The People’s Republic of China was formed on October 1, 1949. Great changes have come to China over the years and the current situation is considered to be the best it has ever been. The country is located in East Asia. Its vast territory is endowed with many natural resources. The majority of the people live in the basin and the fertile east where rivers and plains enable them to farm. Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the country is divided into 23 provinces.

Why choose to adopt from china?

Chinese children are well cared for and are generally healthy. The Chinese adoption process is a very structured and stable process, with few to none unexpected changes or requirements. The Chinese adoption process is considered one of the best international programs.

Children available

Children available for adoption are infants, toddlers, and children up to the age of 13 years. Families interested in an infant usually receive a referral between the ages of 6 to 18 months. The majority, approximately 95%, of children available are biological females. The Adoption Law in China does not permit the adoption of more than one child at a time, with the exception of twins. China also has a Special Needs program.

who is eligible to adopt?

  • Couples (two adults, different biological sexes)

  • 30 - 50 years of age

  • 4 or fewer children living at home

  • Income requirement of $10,000 per person living at home, including adopted child

  • Family net assets of at least $80,000

  • Parents need be physically and mentally healthy

  • No criminal activity convictions

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  • China does not accept single parent adoptions for healthy infants. 

  • The Special Needs Program will accept single woman adoptive parent.​

  • The Special Needs Program allows the parent(s) to be between the ages of 30 -55. ​

  • If you have questions about the requirements for adoptive parents to adopt from China, please contact our office. 

overview of china adoption process

1. Apply to Hands Across The Water for services.This is a partnership program with Nightlight Adoption Agency.​

2. Complete your Home Study with Hands Across The Water.​

3. File your I-800A with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).​

4. Prepare your dossier for China. ​

5. Hands Across The Water will forward your completed dossier to be translated. Once translated it will be sent to the China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to be logged. ​

6. You will receive confirmation of your Login Date (LID) and, if in the regular program, an approximate time to expect a referral. Referrals time varies but is currently running at a 4+ year wait. This is regulated by the Chinese government. Contact our office for current length of wait.

​7. The match with a Special Needs child is often within a few months. Contact our office to discuss the Special Needs program.

8. After a referral is received, you will need to accept or decline the referral. Should you accept, your travel is planned. Within 1-2 months you may travel to China to pick up your child. (Travel may be within 6 months if in the Special Needs program.) Your stay in China is typically between 10 to 14 days. If you decline, your dossier will be moved to the next group by the Chinese government for a referral.

Post-Adoption Supervision

Your child’s adoption is finalized in China, but post adoption reports are still required. Three social worker reports are required at 6, 12 & 24 months. Self written reports are required at 3, 4 & 5 years after arrival home. 

Disclaimer: The photos of children on this page are not available for adoption. Hands Across The Water does not photo list children waiting for adoption online.

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