"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is this, to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
James 1:27

Adopt A Chinese Orphan

Why Adopt from China?  China has a model adoption program which has been specifically praised by the U.S. Congress.  The process has been predictable and stable in recent years.

Home Study
The home study is completed by a social worker and requires four documented meetings with you and your spouse.
Dossier Preparation for China
Several documents must be gathered, notarized, and state-sealed for your China dossier. Once the dossier is submitted to your adoption agency, it must be authenticated by the Chinese Consulate before it is sent to China.

Adopt from China

Age of Parents
Each adoptive applicant must be a minimum of 30 years of age at the time the dossier is submitted to China/ Applicants must also be under age 55.

  • Ages 30-54: may be assigned a child with special placements needs.
  • Ages 30-49: may be assigned a healthy child.
  • Ages 55 and older: are not eligible to adopt from China.

Length of marriage
Minimum length of marriage at application is two years. If either of the applicants has a previous divorces(s), the length Of the present marriage must be at least five years. Each applicant may not have more than two divorces.
Children in Family
Families with up to four children in the home are eligible to adopt a healthy child. Families with five children or more in the home may qualify to adopt a child with special placement needs.
Single Applicant
Single applicants are not accepted.
China requires a minimum household income of $30,000 to cover expenses of parents(s) and the adopted Child. For each additional child in the home, the family income is required to be an additional $10,000.
Medical History
No major medical issues permitted. No mental health diagnoses or treatment permitted. No prior diagnosis for any type of cancer. Both parents must have a body mass index below 40. Other medical issues are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Criminal History
No criminal history permitted. Minor instances reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Travel Requirements
At least one parent must travel to China to complete the adoption. If you are not able to do a re-adoption in your county court, then both parents must travel.

Useful Links

Adoption Agencies

*There are many reputable adoption agencies. Always ask for references and seek advice from families and friends that have completed Chinese adoptions.

Adoption Grants and Loans
  • Show Hope
  • Lifesong for Orphans
  • The Abba Fund
Adoption Support Groups
Additional Adoption Information

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