Dear Prospective Adoptive Parents:
Thank you for considering parenting a child with special needs. When you open this page, we feel we know you already - a very special person with a big heart! It takes a lot of courage and many sleepless nights to feel comfortable with the decision to adopt a child with special needs. We hope this page will help you make a final decision.
I have visited many Chinese welfare institutes and met with many children who had special needs. My heart aches when I think of those children who come into this world with physical disadvantages.
There are many children with conditions that can be fixed quite easily. They are left un-adopted because of families' concerns with unclear medical conditions or lack of information. With that said, the China Center of Children's Welfare and Adoption Affairs will not place a child with you if you do not feel comfortable with his or her condition, even if this condition is medically correctable.
The CCCWA has two special needs programs: one we call Common List and the other program is the Special Focus List. The files in the Special Focus List have children with more severe needs and the CCCWA allows families to submit their dossiers within six months after pre-approval. The CCCWA allows agencies to match only for the families whose dossiers are in China already from the Common List, for they consider the children on this list have minor medical needs. Our agency does request that some special focus children be assigned to our agency's individual list but we do so only at the request of our families.
I've never forgotten the children I met in the Chinese welfare institutes. Many times I have looked into their eyes with sorrow in my heart, and every time they have looked quietly back into my eyes with questions and with hope.
Families like yours are the hope for our children. Our agency has placed children with medical needs since 1997 and we placed many waiting children who have had a large range of medical conditions. So far, all of the families who have adopted waiting children have had only positive things to say about their experience. We would love to talk to you and to learn about your feelings and expectations regarding the adoption of a special needs child.
Because the wait for a healthy infant is extremely long, We do receive more inquiries about waiting children program. However, the long wait should not be a reason to consider a waiting child. It is not fair to the child and it is also not fair to you if he or she is not the very best for you. We do not accept applications from families who only want female infant or toddlers with minor medical needs such as cleft lip only, birth mark not on face, heart murmur not heart defects, delayed but not really delayed, etc. And, we do not accept applications that demand to finish the whole adoption process by the end of 2012 for the adoption tax credits while requesting a child with very minor needs.
Yes, we are a small agency and we take great pride with our personable and honest style, with our low fees and with our service quality. Yes, we are a small agency but we do not feel small at all. Each placement is a big project for us and our prospective adoptive parents are the team leaders in this incredible adoption journey. We admire your good heart and endless energy and we grow with our work experience and with the support of the amazing adoption community we are so honored to work in.
- Lillian Zhang, Director
CAWLI's Orphanage Partnership Program
with the Wulanchabu Social Welfare Institute
The following children are available for adoption. We do not post exact dates of birth or photos, so please email us to learn more about them. We have current information and videos of all the children.
1. Male, DOB: 9/2013, Down Syndromes and extra finger
"Tang Tang can turn over now! He can grab a toy and put it into his
mouth. Every time when the nanny picks him up, he gives a big smile to
her. And when the nanny leaves, he cries. He interacts with people. He
pays attention to all kinds of sounds and seems enjoy music. He is a adorable and good boy!"
2. Male, DOB: 9/2010, Heart disease
"Junjun is a handsome little boy. He is an observant and pays attention
to details. He likes making noodles with plasticine and he even asked
the nanny if she want to have some. He also enjoys making snowman and
telling stories to younger children in the orphanage. Junjun had a surgery to treat his CHD on Oct.2011 and it went well and
he recovered well. Now he is as active as the other kids of his age. Junjun is a social boy, he says hello to people all the time. He is a sunny and sweet boy!"
3. Male, DOB: 8/2011, Deformed ear and undescended testicles
"His language development is delayed due to poor hearing and can only
speak 3-5 words at a time, but not a full sentence. He is shy buy happy
boy, love laughing. He is sometimes a little bit stubborn. He likes a
slide and he likes running around when he is happy. He can write some
numbers and he likes music a lot! He prefers enjoying music alone. He is
organized and before he goes to bed, he always put his shoes in the
right position. Liu Yang is a smiling boy and says hello to everyone. He
is also a hugger!"
4. Female, DOB: 5/2010, Deformed hands
"Little Sun Jia likes playing slides, swing and drawing. She likes help
the nannies with the chores and well behaved. She can dance, sing and
recite poetry! She is a adorable little princesses. She is outgoing and
loves laughing! But she gets nervous when being with strangers.
Regardless, she is absolutely a sweet little girl!"
5. Male, DOB: 10/2011, Deformed ears
"Shuang likes running around and slides. He is really active and doesn’t
like being confined. He can say MAMA. He likes puzzling and drawing. He
knows all the names of all his friends. He likes sharing with friends.
He focuses on what he really likes."
6. Male, DOB: 7/2011, Cleft lip and palate (post surgery)
"Lei Lei likes music and likes dancing in music. He is really smart and
is a fast learner. He knows sorting, puzzling and painting. He
understands what people are talking. He knows how to dress and undress
himself. He can speak some words, but not clearly.
Lei Lei is a good mannered and well behaved boy!"
7. Female, DOB: 3/2011, Albinism
"Jie is not picky on food and enjoys all kinds of food, but she prefers
meat. She can walk and jump and do anything that all kids of her age can
do. She like playing building blocks and sands and cards. She likes
playing outside. She likes her foster parents and get along well with
the other foster family members."
8. Male, 4/2013, premature
9. Male, 3/2013, premature
10. Female, 8/2013, impaired liver function
11. Male, DOB: 12/2013, Hydrocele
DOB: 1/2012, Mental development delay
DOB: 9/2013, Hydrocephalus
DOB: 10/2013, Cerebral Palsy
DOB: 10/2013, Cerebral Palsy
16. Female, DOB:
10/2013, Cerebral Palsy
17. Male, DOB: 6/2012, CHD
18. Male, DOB:
1/2014, ventricular septal defect
19. Male, DOB:
10/2007, corneal leukoma
20. Male, DOB:
3/2013, right club foot
21. Male,DOB: 5/2014, deformed left hand
22. Female, DOB:
11/2011, cerebral palsy
23. Male, DOB: 4/2014, CHD,
Dawn syndrome, congenital syphilis
24. Male, DOB: 8/2011,
Cerebral Palsy? Delayed mental development?
25. Female, DOB:
2/2014, Hypoxic encephalopathy
26. Male, DOB:
27. Male, DOB: 10/2013, imperforate
anus (post surgery)
CAWLI's Individual List
These children are labeled as "special focus" but we have received updated information and they are doing quite well. Please contact us to review their complete file with photos.
One boy was born 3-2013 and has delayed motor development. We have updated videos of him and he is doing very well.
One boy was born 10-2012 and has postoperative acral perineal anus plasty and postoperative colostomy.
One boy was born 10-2012 and has developmental delay and abnormal white matter. We have an updated video. He is delayed compared to other children his age. He can sit, crawl, stand, understand when people talk to him, and call for the nanny.
One boy was born 6-2012 and has "postoperative spinal meningocele, hydrocephalus, and moderate hypophrenia." He can walk holding onto a railing. He is still very young so it is too early to tell if he has full control of his urine and bowel movements. We have a video of him standing up and walking in his crib.
If you would like more information about these children please contact us at
Many children in the Waiting Child program may not be physically perfect. Often, they have a special need that can be corrected or medically treated in some fashion. Other than having a special need, some children in this program may be considered an older child (children over 8 years of age). We hope that these children too can be placed in loving homes and have their needs met. A variety of different special needs are commonly seen in the children from China. Below, you will find information to outline what some of these needs are and what they entail. It is important, if you are considering a child with a special need, that you are informed about their condition and feel comfortable with your decision to make them a part of your forever family. Children may be:
- 1 to 13 years old, boys and girls, children with severe medical conditions such as: cleft palate/lip, heart defects, hearing loss, dislocated hips, albinism, orthopedic problems, blindness, severe scars, Hepatitis B, etc.
- Healthy children 8 years old and above Children with a medical history: heart and other surgeries, etc...
How much time before you travel after you accept a pre-identified child with special needs?
It will depend where you are in the process. If you have not started the home study, the wait will be longer than that of a family whose dossier is ready to go to China or already in China.
The China Center of Children's Welfare and Adoption Affairs prefers married couples under 55 years old. General qualifications are specified on the informational page.
How to Apply to Our Program
- Contact Lillian, our director, about our program for waiting children and the files on our agency's individual list!.
- If you are interested in a specific child in our program, our agency will email you a complete file which you can then show your doctor for evaluation.
- At your request, our agency will order more/new tests and measurements from the Chinese welfare institute through CCCWA.
- Please discuss your intentions to adopt a special needs child with your social worker because your home study needs to approve you to adopt a child with certain special needs.
- We request that you talk to adoptive parents who have adopted waiting children before.
- Fill out the Rehabilitation Plan form for the CCCWA's preliminary approval. After we send your dossier to China, you will get a letter of acceptance (LOA) for you to apply for the I-800 pre-approval that will lead to your final approval in the form of a Travel Notice document from CCCWA.
- Review the agency's "General Information" page to learn how to start the document process.
- Please feel free to contact us at (617)731-0798 or
for a more detailed Informational Package that also reviews the Steps & Fees for the Waiting Program.
In the best interests of our children, and in the best interests of our prospective parents, we have agency guidelines regarding the dissemination of waiting children's files. It is our most sincere hope that we do find families for these children, but we feel the need to do this in a way that is the most respectful:
- We only show one child's profile to one family at a time. Only if there is no match will we then show the child's profile to another potential family.
- We do not post children's photos online.
- You are welcome to give us your contact information about what special needs you are considering without sending in an application. However, please be aware that we approach families already in the process of adoption with CAWLI who have indicated their desire to adopt a special needs child before approaching families who have not yet started the process.