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China Adoption FAQ
Questions and Answers
Q: Are there female children with minor correctable issues available on each of the waiting children lists? If so, what is the time frame from identifying the child to the application to travel?
A: There are many children, both female and male on the CCCWA waiting child list. These children range in age from 9 months to 13 years. All children under the age of 6 have a diagnosed medical condition; while the children 6 years of age and older can be healthy or have a medical need. Parents can review child profiles and be considered for a potential match once they have completed their home study. The time frame to be matched with a child will vary depending on the age of the child the parents request as well as their openness to medical needs. Some parents match very quickly, while other parents will consider profiles for several months prior to matching.
Q: I am on an anti-depressive. Could I still be a candidate to adopt from China if I have a doctor's note?
A: Yes, CCCWA guidelines now show some flexibility for parents in this area.
Q: Are there any boys available for adoption?
A: Yes, there are boys of all ages available for adoption from China.
Q: Can we start to submit paperwork to adopt from China if we are pregnant knowing that the referral could take up to 2 years or is that not allowed?
A: China requires that the prospective parents' youngest child be at least 1 year old at the time the dossier is submitted. It is best to wait until about 6 months after you have delivered to consider working toward an adoption.
Q: What is the CCCWA's policy if one of the parents has medical issues while the other does not? Will they deny a couple who is in this situation?
A: The new guidelines established by the CCCWA indicate some flexibility. Please contact a caseworker who can review your specific medical condition.
Q: Is adoption in China "open" or "closed"?
A: The terms "open" and closed" as they often are used in adoption, refer to the type of exchange of information regarding the biological and adoptive families. In China, adoptions are considered "closed", that is, there is usually no identifying information available regarding the biological family, and thus there is no sharing of information between the families.
Q: I will be having surgery in a few weeks. Will that disqualify us from adopting from China?
A: Surgery doesn't disqualify a person from adopting. However, it is important for you to share information about the surgery and whether or not you have any other health concerns.
Q: Can our child travel with us as well?
A: Families are allowed to have their children (or another family member) travel with them to China for the adoption. However, you will want to talk with your country assistant about this before making final decisions.
Q: Is there any way of getting around the travel requirement of having to go to China? My husband and I couldn't take that much time off of work. Can the child be flown to Indiana?
A: It is Gladney's preference that both parents travel to the foreign country. However, we will work with couples should only one parent be able to travel.
Q: What are the fees to adopt from China?
A: For a detailed break-down of the fees, please click on "Get Started Today."
Q: I read on another agency’s Web site that if you become pregnant during the adoption, that the adoption will be terminated even if you have already been matched with a child. Is this an agency rule or the Chinese government?
A: The CCCWA does not have this rule. However, an agency could decide that it is better for the family not to continue with the adoption until after the birth of the baby.
Q: Can you tell me more about the maximum weight limit of adoptive parents that is in place in China?
A: Both prospective parents should have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of less than 40.
Q: Do both parents have to be 30 or older or does only one?
A: Yes, both parents must be 30 years old to adopt from China.
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