Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.


Our China Adoption Program

We are proud to say that shortly after China opened its doors to international adoption in 1995, Children’s House International was accepted as a registered international adoption agency. Our China adoption program has a long standing history of commitment to children and their adoptive families. We pride ourselves on advocating for children who have the smallest of voices, but need us the most!

  • Strong commitment to finding appropriate families for children with Special Needs
  • Over 1000 children who have health issues and special needs have been placed into forever families.
  • Humanitarian support for programs sponsoring medical intervention and care for children remaining in China.

We empower children and bestow hope. Join us as we continue to advocate for children who need their voices heard.  Each of us plays an integral role in helping these children.  Please join our Facebook group to learn more and share your experiences about parenting a Chinese child with special needs.  Search “CHI China Waiting Children” and click join!


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It is important to us to take the time to talk to each family about different special needs making sure they have the necessary resources to meet the child’s needs.  As an agency, we understand the fears, hopes, anxieties, and dreams of adopting a child with special needs. We are ready to take this journey with adoptive families as they begin one of the most profound experiences of their lives.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information, including our sample application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information click here.

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China Adoption Process


China’s International Adoption Program is considered one of the best worldwide because of the strict guidelines it has established to protect its children. The Ministry of Civil Affairs is the Provincial level department that legislates all matters of social welfare in China. In 1979, the Chinese government implemented a one-child policy in an effort to control population growth. In Late 2015, China relaxed their strict stance on the one-child policy, allowing married couples to now have two children. Despite this change, a vast number of children are still being abandoned throughout China and continue to be in need of families.

The China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) is the central governing authority that oversees all international adoptions in China. For more than 20 years they have established a relatively

stable procedure for working with international adoptive families. Orphanages and adoption agencies must be approved and registered with the CCCWA to place Chinese orphans.

All children are referred to families after their paperwork is completed and registered with the CCCWA.

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Waiting Children


Waiting… waiting… waiting… why are these children without families?  Lack of access to medical care is a major reason why children are currently abandoned and in need of adoption in China.  Birth parents may not be able to provide the necessary emotional or medical care for their child with special needs and abandon the child so the government can provide that.  Making an adoption plan for a child is not allowed in China so abandonment becomes the chosen option.

China’s Infamous One-Child Policy

The Chinese government has long been concerned about overpopulation. This concern led to the introduction of a “one-child” policy in 1979. Families were allowed to have only one child, and if a woman were to get pregnant a second time, risked forced abortion and sterilization. A cultural preference for boys resulted in a disdain for the birth of girls. They faced abortion, infanticide, neglect and abandonment. Many of the girls who survived were unregistered, not given birth certificates, and as a result, legally did not exist. Termed heihaizi, or “black children” in China, those born outside the one-child policy and thus unregistered were ineligible for public services such as health care, education or even protection under the law.

The abandonment of many of these girls (despite it being illegal to abandon a child in China) resulted in their placement in social welfare institutions, and ultimately being prepared for adoption to families from other countries, primarily the US. This was the cause of the huge rise in the adoption of baby girls from China in the1990’s.

As one could logically predict, the outcome of this policy was a huge gender imbalance. The latest estimates claim there are currently 32 million more boys than girls in China! As males born during this era approach marrying age, they are finding few prospects. Hence, the country has relaxed its rule (in late 2015) and is now allowing families to have two children. They have also made a greater effort to retain some of their “missing girls”, which has changed the face of adoption in China. Rather than the masses of young girls that used to be waiting for adoption, we are now seeing more boys, older children, and children with special needs.

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China’s Special Needs Program is where our hearts have always been drawn. These are the children that depend on us most. Through this life altering program, we are privileged to find adoptive parents for children with special needs. We have worked tirelessly for over 20 years to match adoptive parents with their children from China.  Children’s House International was granted permission to place Waiting Children in 2001 by the CCCWA.

Many of these children’s special needs can be treated or corrected in the U.S. and simply have not been addressed in the orphanage due to a lack of resources.  Other needs might be life-long and require varying amounts of management and treatment.

Domestic adoption in China is the most common form of adoption today.  Most children registered for inter-country adoption have a medical issue or special need and were not able to be adopted domestically.

In 2015 there were 2,354 Chinese children adopted by American families.  The majority of these children were under 5 years of age.  Children are between the ages of 1 and 13 years old at the time of referral.  Chinese adoption law requires a child to be under 14 years old to be eligible for adoption.  70% of the children currently waiting for families in China are boys.

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In most cases, these children have been abandoned making background information and health history of their birth families unavailable.  Children can live in a Children’s Welfare Institution, a group, or in a foster home. Currently there are nearly 1,000 children on the Shared Agency List of Children with Special Needs waiting for their chance to have a permanent family.  We have always advocated for children with special needs and know how many personal stories, personal tragedies, personal dreams and personal miracles this number represent.


To view a list of our current waiting children click HERE

Call us for more information 360-383-0623 or email at:

China Adoptive Parent Requirements


In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) seeking to adopt a child from China must meet the following requirements imposed by China:

Ⅰ. Age

  1. The prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) should reach the age of 30, and the age difference between the PAP and the adoptee should be not more than 50 years.
  2. When a couple adopts together, the age difference should be counted based on the age of the younger party.

Ⅱ. Marital Status

  1. The PAP(s) should be a couple of one male and one female, or a single female with no homosexual tendency.
  2. In the adoption by a couple (couple adoption), the PAPs should have a stable marital status, either party should have not more than 2 divorces. If one party has no divorce history or 1 divorce, their current marriage should last not less than 2 years. If one party has 2 divorces, their current marriage should last not less than 5 years.
  3. In calculating the marriage lasting time for PAPs, the time living together before their marriage can be included. When calculating the number of divorces, widow and remarriage after divorce are not included.

Ⅲ. Health Conditions

The PAPs should be physically and mentally fit, with the ability to raise and educate the adoptee, but without any of the following conditions:

(1) Intellectual disability;

(2) HIV positive, or infectious disease that is actively contagious;

(3) Schizophrenia;

(4) Mental disorder including mania, depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety and phobia, etc. PAP(s) with minor symptoms and are under good control by taking medicine, assessed by a psychological professional as having no effects on their normal work and life and fit to care and educate the adoptee, will be exempt from this limitation;

(5) Binocular blindness, binocular low vision or monocular blindness with no ocular prosthesis;

(6) Severe facial deformation;

(7) Binaural hearing loss or language function loss; PAPs who adopt children with identical conditions, or with one party of a couple healthy will be exempt from this limitation;

(8) Non-function or dysfunction of limbs or trunk caused by impairment, incomplete limb, paralysis or deformation;

(9) Diseases that require long-term treatment, and have bad prognosis which will affect PAPs’ child care ability such as lupus, nephrosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.; In a couple adoption, if one party is completely healthy and the other suffers any of such diseases but is under good control after treatment, they will be exempt from this limitation if they can provide a doctor’s note to attest that the illness has no effects on their normal work and life and fit for caring the adoptee;

(10) Skin cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer and testicular cancer that has been cured for less than 3 years; other kinds of cancer or malignant tumor that has been cured less than 5 years;

(11) Vital organ transplant within 10 years; In a couple adoption, if one party is healthy and the other party had organ transplant within 10 years but has recovered to live a normal life, they will be exempt from this limitation;

(12) BMI (BMI=weight (kg)/ height2 (m2) )≥40;

(13) Short stature or dwarfism; PAPs who adopt children with identical conditions will be exempt from this limitation.

Ⅳ Educational background

The PAPs should have received senior high school education or above, or vocational and technical skills education of the same level.

Ⅴ. Family Financial Conditions

  1. The PAPs (at least one party of a couple in a couple adoption) should have stable occupation and income. The per-capita annual income of a family including the prospective adoptee should reach 10,000 USD; When calculating the family per-capita annual income in an adoption by a single parent, the number of family members should be one more than the actual family member number after adoption
  2. Couple adoption’s family net worth should reach 80,000 USD, and single adoption’s family net worth should reach 100,000 USD.
  3. Welfare allowance such as relief fund, pension, disability benefits, adoption subsidy, foster care subsidy and disabled child subsidy, etc. are not included in the family annual income.
  4. Proper relaxation can be granted to foreigners living in China on the aspects of family annual income and net worth.

Ⅵ Moral Characters

The PAPs should have no record of criminal penalties, have good moral characters, honorable behaviors and abide by laws and regulations, without any of the following circumstances:

(1) a history of domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment/abuse of children (even if they were not arrested or convicted);

(2) a history of taking drugs including opium, morphine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, smokable methamphetamine and etc;

(3) a history of alcohol abuse and have stopped drinking for less than 10 years.

Adoption application will be given due consideration when the PAPs have had no more than 3 criminal records with minor violations and no severe outcomes, and the time for correction has reached 10 years; or have had no more than 5 records of traffic law violation with no severe outcomes.

Ⅶ Children in the House

  1. The adoption of orphans, disable children, or abandoned infants and children whose parents cannot be ascertained or found, are not subject to the requirement that the adopter should be childless.
  2. The PAPs should have enough time and energy to take care of the minors in the house including the prospective adoptee. In a couple adoption, the number of minors living in the house of the PAPs should be not more than 5; in a single adoption, the number of minors in the house of the PAPs should be not more than 2.
  3. The youngest child in the house should reach 3 years old.

Ⅷ Adoption Frequency and Numbers

  1. Adopters should submit post placement reports as required after the adoption; There should be a 1 year interval between the second adoption application and the previous one (from the registration date of the previous adoption to the current adoption application date).
  2. In principle, the PAPs should adopt 1 child from China at a time.
  3. In a couple adoption, if adoptee is a twin or multiple births or have siblings, the adoption will be exempt from the limitation of item 2.

Ⅷ Others

  1. The PAPs should receive pre-adoption training to have a correct cognition and understanding of the possible risks of inter-country adoption, be fully prepared for the adoption and care of the adoptee. The PAPs should promise in the inter-country adoption application letter that they will not abandon or maltreat the child to be adopted, and will submit post placement reports as required.
  2. As for PAPs residing in countries other than their birth country, if they intend to apply to adopt from China, they should reside in countries which have cooperative relationship with China in inter-country adoption, or in contracting states of the Hague Convention.
  3. This document does not apply to stepchild adoptions. As for the adoption of a child belonging to a collateral relative by blood of the same generation and up to the third degree of kinship, relaxation will be granted properly.
  4. Time or age is calculated based on the adoption application dossier’s log-in-date at CCCWA.
  5. This document shall enter into force as of the date of issuance. In the event of any inconsistency between this document and previous CCCWA regulations or notices, the review points of this document shall apply.


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Travel Process


China adoption requires that at least one parent travel to China to bring their child home. We strongly encourage both adoptive parents to travel as it truly is a life changing experience and one you can never duplicate.  China requires one trip of 10-14 days to complete an adoption.

We have used the same China travel service provider since the outset of our China adoption program and are proud to say our travel providers are professional and well-versed in adoption procedure. Once you exit the plane, our travel providers will assist you with your adoption process during your entire stay in China.  Except for your international flights, all of your travel will be arranged by our in-China travel provider.

Our long-term relationship with our travel partner allows our families to have personalized or small travel groups at an affordable price.  This gives families more flexibility to tailor adoption trips to the personal preferences of each adoptive family.  Families are not required to wait to travel with a group.  You won’t need to worry about being alone in China as our family adoption assistants will help you through every stage of your stay.

Country Facts

Official Name: People’s Republic of China

Capital: Beijing, which has a population of 11 million people.

Location: Asia, bordered by Russia, India, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.

Population: Currently approximately 1.35 Billion people call China home. That’s about one fifth of the world’s entire population, in a land area of 3,705,407 square miles, which is slightly smaller than the United States.

Government: China is a Communist State.

Currency: Chinese Money is called Renminbi (RMB), which means “People’s Currency”. The popular unit of RMB is Yuan, (CNY). The official exchange rate between U.S. Dollar and Renminbi Yuan currently is about 1: 6.60 (1.00 Dollar = 6.60 Yuan).

Language: China’s official language is Mandarin, though there are dozens of other dialects spoken within China as well. Some of the most popular are Wu, Min, Cantonese, Jin, Xiang, Hakka and Gan.

Climate: Extremely diverse, from subarctic in the Northern regions to tropical in the South.

Products: Rice, wheat, potatoes, corn, peanuts, tea, iron, steel, aluminum, petroleum; electronics, shoes, textiles, toys, cement, chemicals and vehicles.

Food: Throughout China, noodles, rice, grains, or tofu are the basis of most meals. Each region then relies on the food grown nearby for variety. Vegetables and sauces provide much of the flavor, since meat is very expensive.

Names: The order used in Chinese names is as follows: family name goes first, followed by first and middle name. For instance, if a person’s first name is Mei, middle name is Cheng and last name is Wu, in China his/her full name would be Wu Mei Cheng.

Inventions: The Chinese culture has been a source of great innovation throughout the centuries. Notable inventions attributed to China include: The bristle toothbrush, cast iron, chopsticks, the compass, the crossbow, dominoes, fireworks, the fishing reel, football (originally known as “cuju”), gunpowder, hand grenades, ice cream, incense, India ink, the iron plow, kites, mechanical clocks, nail polish, paper, paper cups, paper envelopes, paper lanterns, paper money, paper napkins, playing cards, printing, restaurant menus, seismometer, silk, suspension bridges, tea, teapots, tofu, toilet paper (originally only for emperors), the water wheel, and wrapping paper!