Apr 25, 2012
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Eligibility Requirements for China Adoption

Age Requirements for Parents

  • Married couples 30 to 50 years old are eligible to adopt from China and must be at least 30 years old when the dossier is registered in China

  • Married couples 51 to 55 may apply to adopt a child with special needs only

  • Married couples 55+ are eligible to adopt a Special Focus child

  • Singles 30 to 50 years old are eligible to adopt a Special Focus child

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Health History

Restrictions Families are not eligible for China Adoption if any of the following apply:

  • Diagnosed with major depression or any other severe mental health concerns;

  • Current diagnosis of depression or anxiety or currently on medication for depression or anxiety. Must be treatment and medication free for over 2 years.

  • History of alcoholism within the last 10 years;

  • Any major surgery or transplant within the last 10 years; contact our office with questions.

  • One or both parents use a wheelchair or mobility aid; or missing limbs.

  • No history of cancer

  • No disease in infectious stage.

  • If either parent has a severe disease which requires long-term treatment and which affects life expectancy, like malignant tumors, epilepsy. lupus, nephrosis, etc.

  • No blindness. No deafness unless adopting a deaf child.

  • BMI over 40. Use this calculator to determine your BMI

If you have any questions about health matters on a China Adoption, please e-mail Tina.Qualls@ChildrensHope.net

Finances for a China Adoption

  • The family must show a positive net worth (assets vs. liabilities) of at least $80,000.00.

  • There must also be an income earning of over $10,000 per person in the household, including the adopted child.

  • Adoptive parents must demonstrate an annual minimum combined income of $30,000. This represents $10,000 per adult + $10,000 for the adopted child. An additional $10,000 income is required for each additional person in the household. For example, a married couple with two children living in the home must earn at least $50,000

Criminal History for a China Adoption

Families are not eligible to adopt if any of the following apply:

  • Current warrants or currently on probation.

  • History of drug use or charges.

  • Any arrest for a violent crime (examples: assault)

  • History of domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment or abuse of children, even if they are not arrested or incriminated.

  • Any felonies.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis if the parent has less than three criminal records of slight severity with no serious outcomes with ten years passed or less than 5 traffic law violations with no severe outcomes. Direct any questions you have regarding this to Tina.Qualls@ChildrensHope.net

Marriage Requirements for a China Adoption

  • If the first marriage, couples must be married over 2 years.

  • If either spouse has 1-2 divorces, the current marriage needs to be a minimum of 5 years.

  • Couples where one or both spouses have 3 or more divorces are not eligible.

Education Requirement for a China Adoption

  • Both parents must have received education at or above high school or vocational skill training.

How many children?

The CCAA limits the number of children in the household to a maximum of five.

  • Couples with less than 5 children under 18 years old living in the household may adopt from China.

  • Couples with adult children (not living in the home) may adopt from China.

  • Couples with more than 4 children in the family; but not all live at home, may adopt from China.

  • If there are more than 4 children living in the household; family may adopt only through the Waiting Children's program. Please contact Tina.Qualls@ChildrensHope.net to discuss your specific situation.

Household Requirements for a China Adoption

Adoptive children entering a family require time to adjust to their new environment and bond with their adoptive family.

  • If you have recently given birth to a child, you must wait until the child is 12 months old to submit your dossier to China.

  • If you have recently adopted a child from China, you must wait until after you have submitted the 12 month post-placement report to submit your dossier to complete another adoption from China.

Religious Requirements for a China Adoption

  • Families with religious beliefs that prohibit any kind of medical treatment, including blood transfusions, for the child, will not be eligible to adopt. According to the CCAA this includes religions that use alternatives to blood transfusions, as this is not available in every country.

Citizenship Requirements for a China Adoption

  • One adoptive parent must be a US citizen

  • If one parent is not a US citizen; the other parent (who is a US citizen) must travel to China to complete the adoption.

  • If you are a US citizen living abroad, Children's Hope can help you to adopt from China.

China Adoption

Call 1-888-899-2349 to talk about international adoption from China

International Adoption from China

There are many children in China waiting for families to adopt and bring them home as forever sons and daughters. Even though the wait is long, China adoption is still the first choice for many parents hoping to adopt an infant who has no known medical concerns.

The wait for healthy infants is long, but there are countless Waiting Children for adoption in China. Some have minor medical issues, others have more serious concerns. Some have had surgery in China and missed their opportunity to be adopted as infants. They are just as loveable now, but they are no longer babies. Each one is special and each one needs a family to love. This program is open to couples and single moms age 30 – 55.. Once you have submitted your paperwork and identified your child, you will travel to China within six months to bring you son or daughter home for good!


Contact Mary House 773 647 2610 / Mary.House@ChildrensHope.net
to learn more about adopting a waiting child from China




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