We strongly encourage prospective
adoptive parents to visit two websites. One is for the State Department, www.adoption.state.gov and another one
is for the Council On Accreditation, the agency that does Hague Convention
accreditation for adoption agencies in the international adoption field, www.coanet.org.
Attention: Our agency closed our traditional adoption
program owing to the long wait for healthy children assignments. For the time
being, we only place children with special needs and only accept applications
of families who have already accepted a match.
Here is the basic outline of steps necessary to complete the process and program of adopting. The majority of the steps are required by Chinese, federal, state and local regulations.
The formal process for the adoption of a Chinese child involves necessary compliance steps that fall within the following 3 topics:
- Qualification of Prospective Adoptive Parents
- Home Study
- USCIS I-800A Petition
Qualifications for Prospective Adoptive Parents for waiting children program
We do our best to keep qualifications updated. Please contact us for any concerns.
- Minimum 30 years old, maximum 55 years old (please call if you are above the limit)
- No jail term. No drug crimes ever.
- No alcohol abuse or related crimes within the past 10 years.
- No serious criminal records in the past 10 years.
- You and your spouse must be legally married for a minimum of two years at the time your documents are sent to China if this is your first marriage.
- If either of you have been divorced you need to be married for five years at the time your dossier is sent to China.
- No more than 2 divorces between both spouses.
- No more than 5 children at home; the youngest child should be at least 1 year old.
- Minimum annual household income of $10,000 per person including intended child.
- The husband and wife are physically and mentally healthy.
- No medication for severe mental disorders such as depression, mania, or anxiety in past two years.
- Each parent must have earned at least a high school diploma.
- The parents receive a favorable home study by a licensed non-profit and Hague-accredited adoption agency.
- USCIS approval (INS)
- Yes, single women, but no homosexuals pursuant to Chinese Regulation
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or under
- You must have an email address
A home study is required by each state, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS, formerly the INS) and the People's Republic of China for all adopting parents. It ensures that children are placed in safe, stable and loving homes, with families who are prepared for all that adoptive parenting entails.
USCIS I-800A Petition
Advanced processing is a procedure for completing the part of an orphan petition relating to the petitioner before an orphan is located so that there will be no unnecessary delays in processing the petition after an orphan is located. The I-800A petition shall be filed with the help of your social worker along with the completed home study to the USCIS. The USCIS approval is valid for 15 months. It is your responsibility to make sure that your USCIS approval does not expire! If you are concerned that it will expire before you return home from China with your child, please contact the agency as soon as possible. You will need to re-do the I-800a supplement 3 form and complete a home study update. We do not want your referral to be held up because your USCIS approval expires. It is best to keep track of the date and to begin to re-apply before it expires!
Children Available in China
Chinese children are considered legally available for adoption when the birth parents cannot be found. There is no prenatal care record or family medical history available. Both males and females are available for adoption; this includes ages between infant and thirteen years old. Most children available for adoption now are older children with medical needs, some of which are severe.
While the Chinese government has a very good screening system on children’s health, adopting from China, like any international adoption, has its own set of risk factors.
Dossier Documents – Sent to China
CCCWA Letter of Application and Commitment
Birth Certificate (Husband) w/parents’ names listed
Birth Certificate (Wife) w/parents’ names listed
Marriage Certificate (from the town/city)
Divorce or Death Decree (If applicable)
Criminal Record Check (Husband)
Criminal Record Check (Wife)
Physical Examination (Husband)
Physical Examination (Wife)
Verification of Employment (Husband)
Verification of Employment (Wife)
Home Study with three reference letters
5 Pictures of Home – (1 of exterior, 3-4 of the main rooms – living rm., kitchen, etc.)
4 Pictures of You – (as a couple, individuals, children, etc. – can be wherever!)
Passport Photocopy (Husband)
2 Passport Pictures (Husband)
Passport Photocopy (Wife)
2 Passport Pictures (Wife)
Child abuse clearance for all states you lived in since 18 years of age
*If you have lived outside of the United States for any period longer than 1 year in the last five years AND you were 18-years-old or older, we will ALSO need your police clearance from those countries.
Time (For the time being, we only accept new applicants for waiting children programs)
- The process from home study to travel to China takes about 1 to 2 years. There are four time factors: home study, I-800A process with USCIS, matching process, and travel. It will take about 5 to 6 months to complete your home study, receive USCIS approval, and complete the documents required for your dossier. It takes another month for China Adoption With Love, Inc. to prepare your documents and deliver your dossier to CCCWA. For I-800a families, after you accept the referral, you need to apply for the I-800 pre-approval and Article 5 approval. Then the travel plans will be made after we have received your travel notice from China. From the day we receive your travel notice, it takes about 4 weeks to travel to China.
- The trip to China for the adoption takes about 12-16 days. At least one parent is required to travel to China.
It is very important to note that the time frame is always subject to change. There are many variables that can make this process longer, as well as shorter. We will do our best to update you on varying time changes.
If you do the home study and post adoption services through our agency (MA, FL, ME, RI, NH, residents only), (not including home study and I-800a filing fee of $890) is approximately $26,000 for one person traveling and $29,500 for two people traveling. We break the costs into the following categories:
- Government Fees:
• I-800a petition fee: $720* (+ fingerprints, $85 x adults in same household)
• CCCWA Application fee: $1,970 without a pre-approval for a particular child OR $1,880 with a match before DTC
• Donation to the Orphanage: $5,600 (35,000 Chinese Yuan)
• Registration fee: $200-$750
• Notarization fee: $250-750
• Passport: $100-200
• Advertisement: $80-150
• Visa application and courier service: $425 • Visa medical examination: $110 - 120
Our agency will recommend travel agencies to you. Travel costs vary according to the season, the location of the orphanage and the services you will receive.
• For international and domestic airfare, hotel reservations (double occupancy), local and national guides, travel to Beijing, Guangzhou and the city where the Social Welfare Institute is located, local transportation and most meals, it is about: $4500 - $5,500/person
• Baby's one way air ticket to Boston (lap seat): $135-400
• child's one way air ticket to Boston (actual seat): $680-1600
3. Agency Fees for full service and placement service:
• Application Fee: $200*
• Administrative and agency service Fees: $3,900 and $700 for placement service
• Home Study fee: $2,500; Post Adoption Fee: $370 per report, mileage additional
* The application fee is submitted with a completed application to our agency.
** The administrative fee covers document preparation, express mail from this agency, domestic and international communications with CCCWA and orphanages, etc.
***The home study and post adoption fee of $4,720 is due prior to beginning your home study for full service families. The administrative fee of $3,900 is due when you receive the USCIS approval.The agency fee of $700 is due when you accept the referral from the China Center of Children's Welfare and Adoption Affairs.
For Home study and Post Placement Service Only:
Yes we provide home study and post placement services to families who use other agencies' placement service. The fee schedule is as following"
Aplication Fee: $200; administrative fee: $1,000; home study for China and all other countries: $2,500; Post placement: $370 per report. Mileage is additional (47 cents).
China Adoption With Love, Inc. will recommend travel agencies for you to make your own travel plan.