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In April 1999, China changed its law regarding international
adoptions. Now those 30 years and older can adopt a Chinese child even if they
have other children. China allows single men, 40 years or older, to adopt. About
one-third of all adopters are single.
children are available?
Primarily girls over the age of six months old
are available, and at the time of adoption, the girls are usually between nine
and 15 months old. Boys are also available, but waiting for a boy can take longer.
The boys are generally older than the girls when placed. Twins are very rarely
available for adoption. At present, the Chinese authorities are reluctant to allow
a family to adopt two children at one time.
the children healthy?
In general, the children are in good health because
there is little or no incidence of prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol or to
sexually transmitted diseases. Because the babies are well cared for in a loving
environment, attachment disorders are rare.
do I adopt from China?
There are various steps that must be taken to complete
any international adoption. You must have a home study done, receive approval
from Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), and complete a dossier as
required by the China Center of Adoption Affairs. These steps can be worked on
simultaneously. Keep a file of all documents and always have a copy of any document.
CAROLINA HOPE Christian Agency sends your paperwork out for you to the
proper Embassy or consulate.
will a child be assigned to me?
About six months after all your paperwork
has been at the China Center of Adoption Affairs, a child will be assigned to
you. This means that you will be given a small picture (about one by two inches)
and a medical report of a child.
do I travel?
After all paperwork from the
province is received by the China Center of Adoption Affairs, then a document
granting you permission to travel is issued and sent to the adoption agency. You
usually travel in about 30-60 days after your child is assigned to you.
other agencies, you do not necessarily travel in a group; therefore, you do not
have to wait until a certain number of adoptive families are ready to also travel.
When you arrive in China, an English-speaking representative
will meet you. The next day you will go to the town of the orphanage, where you
will meet your child.
Only one parent needs
to travel to China. The stay is about one week to 10 days, depending upon if there
are holidays, which close the consulates.
does an adoption cost?What
is the process?
In 1996, Families
with Children from China, a support group, estimated the expenses associated with
a Chinese adoption to be between $15,000 and $20,000. However, CAROLINA HOPE
Christian Adoption Agency and the affiliate agencies, Harrah Family Services
and AIM, strive to keep total expenses, including travel below $15,000.
home study and I-600 A Form and receive INS approval.|| |
documents for your dossier and submit them to CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption
Affairs for cerification and authentication.|| |
HOPE Christian Adoption Affairs sends your dossier to AIM to be approved;
the dossier is then sent to the China Center for Adoption Affairs, where it is
about six months for an assignment of a child.|| |
to China to attend your child's adoption in the orphanage providence.|| |
to Guangzhou, China to the U.S. Embassy to receive your child's visa.|| |
your daughter home to the United States!|| || |