Questions and Answers
Q: What is the first step in adopting a child from Taiwan?
A: The first step to adopting is to complete the Gladney Adoption Pre-Application Form found in our information packet. If you need an information packet, you can request it by clicking on Get Started Today!
Q: How long is the wait to adopt from Taiwan?
A: The time frame to complete your application paperwork and home study is approximately 5-6 months. Depending upon the child welfare institute and child preference, it is estimated your adoption process will take an additional 12 months to 36 months to complete.
Q: Can single women adopt from Taiwan?
A: It is our understanding that Taiwanese Courts and child welfare institutes do not permit single women or men to adopt.
Q: My wife was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Would we still be able to adopt a child from Taiwan?
A: The Taiwan program requires families to be healthy and cancer free. Certain situations may be considered on a case by case basis, depending upon several factors and the amount of time the survivor has been cancer free.
Q: What happens if I become pregnant during the adoption process? Would the adoption process be canceled or postponed? Would we lose any money already paid?
A: If you become pregnant while you are adopting, your Gladney case worker needs to be notified as soon as possible. Depending on where you are in the adoption process your family’s case may be put on hold. Placements cannot occur within 12 months after the birth of a child. Generally, payments are collected by Gladney as services are rendered and those are not refundable.
Q: My spouse has a criminal record. Does this disqualify us from adopting from Taiwan?
A: The type of charge and when the charge occurred will be the deciding factor. Once we receive and review your Pre-Application, we will have a better idea as to whether your family can proceed with an adoption from Taiwan.
Q: If a family wants to adopt an older child, can they be specific about the age and request a 5-year-old for example? Are referrals for older children processed more quickly than for younger children?
A: Families interested in adopting an older child from Taiwan may select the age range and gender. The more flexible a family is, the more opportunities your family will have to be considered for. Families interested in adopting children over the age of 5, or children with medical needs, may have a very quick referral process. Please visit our Superkids blog for information about older children currently waiting to be matched with an adoptive family.
Q: Can parents who are adopting bring their other children with them for adoption proceedings in Taiwan?
A: It is possible to take your child or children to Taiwan to experience the adoption process as a family.
Q: Is it required by Gladney that potential adoptive families have a positive net worth (more assets than debt)?
A: Yes. Families adopting do need to have a positive net worth of at least $80,000.
Q: How long is the trip to Taiwan when we pick up our child?
A: Families will make a trip to Taiwan at the end of the process that will last approximately one week. It is also possible that the judge presiding over your court case will ask that you attend a court hearing. If this is requested, both adoptive parents will make an extra trip that is approximately 4-5 days in length.
Q: How much notice will we have before we travel to bring our child home?
A: Your caseworker will help you prepare for travel with approximately five weeks advance notice.
If you have additional questions, please email Gladney's Adoption Advisor.
Waiting Children Asia is a Gladney program that places babies, toddlers and older children with medical needs from China and Taiwan. Also available for adoption are older (6+ years of age) children who are healthy. View Profiles
Superkids is a humanitarian aid and child advocacy program at the Gladney Center for Adoption that provides developmental screenings, caregiver trainings and adoption advocacy on behalf of Taiwanese orphans. Learn More