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Wide Horizons For Children has worked in China for 30 years and placed more than 1,900 children.  We find loving families for children with a wide range of medical needs. Families may specify their preferred medical condition and most families can bring their child home within one year.

There is no waiting list for China and generous subsidies are available for all China adoptions.

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China is a Hague Convention country and all adoptions are overseen by the Central Authority of the government of China, named the China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA).


About China

china-mapChina, officially known as the People’s Republic of China, is home to more than 20 percent of the world’s population. China’s more than 1.3 billion residents are predominantly of Han Chinese ancestry. Mandarin dialects are primarily spoken. Taoism and Buddhism are widely practiced.


Eligibility

The following applicants are eligible for the Wide Horizons For Children China Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child's birth country.

MARRIED HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES Age 30 or Older

  • Married couples must be a minimum of 30 years old and may adopt a child with no more than a 50-year age difference between the younger parent and the age of the child.
  • Couples must be married for a minimum of two years; if there are previous divorces, the current marriage should be a minimum of five years. Time spent living together prior to marriage is applicable toward the length of marriage requirement. No more than two divorces per applicant allowed.
  • Couples may have up to five other minor children currently living in the home, with the youngest at least 3 years old.
  • Applicants must be in good physical and mental health. CCCWA does have specific restrictions regarding each applicant’s health. There is more flexibility if one parent is healthy and the other has a condition that is well controlled. Please contact Wide Horizons For Children to discuss specific eligibility requirements.
  • The CCCWA requires that families have a minimum income of $30,000 plus $10,000 per child living in the home (including the prospective adoptee).
  • All applicants should have a clean criminal history. However, some minor infractions may be considered acceptable.

SINGLE HETEROSEXUAL WOMEN Age 30 or Older

  • Single women must be a minimum of 30 years old and may adopt a child with no more than a 50-year age difference between the age of the parent and the age of the child. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health. 
  • Single applicants may have up to two other children currently living in the home, with the youngest at least 3 years old.
  • The CCCWA requires that families have a minimum income of $30,000 plus $10,000 per child living in the home (including the prospective adoptee).
  • All applicants should have a clean criminal history. However, some minor infractions may be considered acceptable.

Children Who Need Families

Boys and girls of all ages with mild to moderate to significant medical needs are available. Families are especially needed for boys age 2+ with special needs and Special Focus Children. Most children are cared for in government-funded orphanages.  Some children are placed in family foster care or specialized small group homes prior to adoption. Generally, children deemed eligible for international adoption are abandoned or relinquished by birth parents due to their inability to parent a child with medical needs.

Children from China are typically 24 months of age and older upon arrival, with many toddlers and young, pre-school age children available. All children have minor, moderate or significant medical needs. Our expert China team based in Boston and Beijing work diligently to understand each child’s needs and each adoptive family’s capacity. Our personalized matching service provides the best fit between parent and child. 

Information You Can Expect to Receive

You may identify the medical conditions you are open to in the child you wish to adopt. Below are some examples of medical conditions commonly diagnosed among children available for adoption through the China Program. In particular, we need families for:

  • Children with a physical difference (missing or malformed limb, albinism, facial feature difference)
  • Children needing surgery cleft lip and palate or congenital heart disease)
  • Boys over age 2
  • Children with chronic conditions (cerebral palsy or spina bifida)
  • Children with developmental conditions such as Down Syndrome

The Wide Horizons For Children China program staff work closely with your family to understand the age, gender and special needs you are open to considering. You will receive a medical report, photos and often a video at the time of referral.

Estimated Wait Times for a Referral

This is a fast-moving program for children of all ages. Most families will be matched in under six months of dossier submission. Families open only to adopting a girl may wait considerably longer to be matched.

Travel Requirements and Experience

One two-week trip is required to bring your child home. You will travel 5-6 months after the referral of your child. Families moving forward with Special Focus Children who are not dossier-ready at the time of match will wait 9-10 months for travel. For married couples, at least one parent, a US citizen, must travel. Accommodations in China are modern and comfortable. We work with a Beijing-based agency who arranges all travel in China. You can expect excellent support services from an English-speaking guide throughout your trip.

Program Cost

Please download our Adoption Information Guide  for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all Wide Horizons For Children adoption programs.

Wide Horizons For Children China Program Staff

Our expert program staff will guide you throughout your adoption journey in both the US and Colombia. We have extensive knowledge of the country and its child welfare and adoption system. We have maintained strong relationships with both adoption authorities and our in-country representatives for more than 40 years.

We offer free consultations with an adoption specialist who can explain the process and start you on your adoption journey.

Book your free consultation: Call us at 800-729-5330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to working with you.

jennifer Kim

Jennifer Doane
Program Manager

Kim Bernstein
Clinical Manager

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375 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 800-729-5330
Email: info@whfc.org

 

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