China Waiting Children Program
- Married for at least 2 years if neither applicant has been previously married. If there was a previous marriage (no more than 2 are allowed), the length of the current marriage must be at least 5 years.
- Between the ages of 30-55 years old.
- Have at least a high school diploma or vocational skills training at the same level.
- Have an annual income that totals at least $10,000 for each family member, including the child to be adopted. (The family’s total income cannot include any government subsidy.)
- Net worth of at least $80,000 (net worth is your total assets minus your total liabilities).
- No more than 5 children under the age of 18 years in the home. The youngest child must be at least 1 year old.
- No history of criminal activity and/or drug or alcohol abuse.
- Physically and mentally healthy.
- Between the ages of 30-50 years. For applicants over 50, the age difference between the child to be adopted and the applicant shall be no more than 45 years.
- Provide marital status certificate (i.e. Divorce Decree).
- Physically and mentally healthy.
- No criminal history.
- Annual income of $10,000 per family member, including the child to be adopted.
- Net worth must be at least $100,000.
- Good medical insurance that can cover the medical expenses of the adopted child.
- Experienced parent or employed in a child-related field such as doctor, nurse, teacher, child psychologist, etc. In addition to experience, China and Heartsent must see that you are well prepared for the adoption of older children, and/or children with special needs. This preparation must be current and complete!
- No more than 2 children under the age of 18 living in the home. The youngest child must be at least 6 years old.
About Our One-To-One ProgramWe are happy to announce that Heartsent has renewed our orphanage program with Tianjin, being granted permission from China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to work there through 2016. Through this partnership our agency has the opportunity to provide the orphanage with on-going support including training for orphanage staff, providing much needed equipment, coordinating assessment and rehabilitative services for the children (such as physical therapy) and aiding orphanage staff in preparing children’s adoption files which will include a thorough evaluation of each child’s current condition as well as recent photos. Through this partnership, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Tianjin special children and to better advocate for them in China and abroad as we search for their forever families. Our China team has already been working with this large orphanage, preparing documents for the children right now and contributing in many ways to the daily running of Tianjin's programs of care. Several children are already on our agency’s individual list waiting for their forever families (currently on our Waiting Children Photo listing page) and we expect more files ongoingly! Please check with us for our children from Tianjin. This very large orphanage has children of all ages for adoption.
One to One Program Children: We expect that there will be many Special Focus Children, as well as many younger children with minor special needs at this institute. Some of these children will require that a family has a dossier already logged in with the CCCWA. These “LID (log-in date) children” are also referred to as non-special focus. LID children can only be applied for by families that already have a dossier logged in with the CCCWA. Please call the Heartsent office at (925) 254-8883 if you would like to create a dossier and be included in this program.
The China Waiting Child ProgramChina has two adoption routes for adoptive families. Families can proceed with the adoption of a non-special needs (healthy) child or a waiting (special needs) child. There are two subsequent categories within the waiting child category (non-special focus and special focus).
Non-Special Needs designated children have no known special needs. They have been deemed healthy.
Non-Special Focus designated children are generally younger and/or have less significant special needs.
Special Focus designated children generally have more significant needs and/or are older (7/8 years of age, child may be healthy, have a medical history, or current medical needs).
Depending on the designation a child’s file is given, it will dictate who can adopt that child. Children who are designated Non-Special Needs or Non-Special Focus require families to have their dossier already submitted to China. Children who are designated Special Focus can be adopted by families that do or do not yet have a dossier logged-in.
The CCCWA oversees the adoption of Chinese children and each child adopted from China has a file registered there. To facilitate the adoption of these children, the CCCWA maintains a database (the “shared list”) of these “waiting children” whose files can be reviewed by prospective adoptive parents. In addition, Heartsent has children on our “individual list” which gives us exclusive access to the files of several children. To view the children currently on our individual list, please click here.
The waiting children in China range in age from infant to 13 years old and their needs range from minor/correctable to severe. Each child on the shared list has a medical diagnosis (except for ”healthy older children” who are relatively healthy children between 8-13 years old).
Please keep in mind that there are currently more boys than girls on the shared list. At this time we estimated that the shared list is 70%-80% boys.
CCCWA’s guidelines for prospective parents wishing to adopt a waiting child from China differ slightly from the requirements to adopt healthy infants. Please use the following outline as a guide to decide whether adopting a waiting child from China is the right choice for your family. Please note, there is some leniency regarding these guidelines and we encourage you to call us to discuss your family’s particular situation.
Single women can only apply to adopt special focus children. Please use the following guidelines to determine if you meet the current requirements. (Single applicants who currently have a stable relationship and live with a male partner must meet the requirements of a married couple.) Please note that there is some leniency regarding these guidelines and we encourage you to call us to discuss your family’s particular situation.
The length of time it takes for a family to identify a child varies. It depends on what a family is open to (e.g. age, gender, special need). When a family has identified a child, Heartsent will submit pre-approval.
After pre-approval from China, if you do not already have a dossier in China, you will begin the process of compiling the documents needed for your dossier and begin your home study. It takes roughly 6-9 months to complete the home study, dossier and obtain the first approval form United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once your dossier has been submitted to CCCWA, it will be roughly 5-6 months until you will travel.
For families adopting a waiting child that complete the necessary paperwork quickly can expect to travel to China to pick up their child within one year from the time they received pre-approval, depending on the specifics of the case!
Please let us know if you wish to consider a waiting child adoption from China!