Waiting Child Adoption from China

by Megan Montgomery The China adoption program has been placing children with additional needs and older children with interested families for a number of years. This path to adoption from China has often been called Waiting Child adoption or Special Needs adoption. Over the last couple of years, this process has evolved significantly. Today, families considering adopting a waiting child (a child who is older or has known medical needs) from China have multiple options when adopting a waiting child. The more traditional path includes registering with an agency, submitting the dossier, and then being matched through the agency with a child who is waiting. A second option is for

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Chinese Adoption

Historical Context of China Adoption Adoption of children from China to the United States began in 1992 when the Chinese government passed a law ratifying International Adoption. In 2006 Americans adopted 6,493 children from China, the largest number of any country. China adoption is noteworthy for its orderly adoption process – all aspects of Chinese adoption (including costs and the referral process) are regulated by the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA) in Beijing. There is no independent adoption from China; American adopters work through a U.S. adoption agency approved by the CCAA. China is the one major country where girls adopted far outnumber boys; due to the Chinese culture’s

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