Adopting From China: About the Children, Next Steps for Families

“Should I Still Consider China for My Adoption?”

Between the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption implementing new eligibility guidelines, and recent U.S. Department of State announcements clarifying that pre-approval (being matched with a child prior to homestudy approval) is prohibited, many families feel very uncertain about moving forward with an adoption from China.

Questions are bouncing around online China adoption groups: “Is China still a stable program?” “Will China close to international adoption?” “Why choose China now?” 

Reasons to Adopt from China

Despite all the changes, there are still many reasons to adopt from China.

  • China continues to be a fast and predictable program.
  • Most families who are adopting a waiting child complete the adoption in 9-12 months.
  • There is only one trip, usually about two weeks long, and one or both parents can travel.
  • And the most important reason families should still adopt from China: the kids!


The Children Who Wait

There is a greater need than ever for families to adopt from China. The shared list of waiting children that all China adoption agencies can access has more children than ever before: 3,317 children listed as of early April.

Families are needed for all kinds of children:

  • There are 361 children age 3 and under. Of those, almost 75 percent are boys!
  • In the next 12 months, 229 children on the shared list will “age out” of China’s adoption system when they turn 14, losing their chance to be a part of a family. Almost 70 percent of those children are boys.
  • Over 700 children with Down syndrome wait on the shared list.

None of these statistics include the hundreds of children on specific agency lists; when you add them in, the numbers grow even more. The need is staggering.

Can you join with us to bring these children home?

Moving Forward: Completing the Homestudy

As of early April, WACAP had only five families with completed homestudies who were waiting to be matched with a young child. We had zero families with completed homestudies open to adopting a boy.

We continue to see lots of toddler age boys with needs that many families are open to, such as albinism, missing one eye, heart defects, microtia, and cleft lip and palate.

Additionally, with the new DOS guidelines, we need families who will move forward and complete their homestudy and who are open to adopting older children or children with a wide range of needs, ranging from cerebral palsy to spina bifida, deafness and Down syndrome. WACAP offers $2,000 or $4,000 grants for many children who are older or have these kinds of diagnoses.

Contact us at to start your homestudy and move one step closer to bringing your child home.

LindseyGilbertAbout Program Manager Lindsey Gilbert: Lindsey became a member of WACAP’s China adoption team in 2011, after joining WACAP as a volunteer. She’s helped numerous families through their adoption process as a case manager, and she currently dedicates her time to both managing WACAP’s Thailand program as well as advocating for waiting children in WACAP’s international programs. She and her husband Geoff adopted their four-year-old daughter Vennela from India through WACAP in December 2017. Outside of work, Lindsey can be found practicing her Indian cooking, in the garden, or on a hiking trail with Geoff, Vennela and their two dogs.


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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1 Response to Adopting From China: About the Children, Next Steps for Families

  1. Pingback: “We Could Have Missed This: Adopting a Son” | WACAP

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