On January 1, 2015, the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) implemented changes to the China adoption process and relaxed eligibility requirements for hopeful adoptive parents. This is exciting news for both children in need of loving families and the families and single applicants who are hoping to adopt them!
Who is affected by China’s new eligibility requirements?
- Single applicants, couples over the age of 50 and couples with more than five children living at home are now eligible to adopt children with more minor special needs (non-special focus).
- Families previously ineligible due to a medical condition may now be eligible on a case-by-case basis. In many cases, if one parent is completely healthy and the other parent has a health concern, the family will now be eligible to adopt a child with a more minor special need.
- For families who have difficulty meeting China’s income or net worth requirements, exceptions may now be made if they live in an area with a lower cost of living and they have above-average income for their area.
For a full list of changes, click here: FAQs New CCCWA Guidelines
Holt’s China team is excited to welcome previously ineligible families to the China program, and looks forward to matching even more children in need of loving homes! Please email Kris Bales at email@example.com if you have questions about any of these changes to eligibility.
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