UPDATE: Currently the wait time for a waiting child referral after paperwork is 6-12 months, or immediate placement for special focus referrals. Families typically travel about 6 months after completion of paperwork and referral, making the entire adoption process from contract date about 12-24 months. China expedites all special needs adoptions.
Since 1994, All God’s Children International has been privileged to work alongside the China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to find loving homes for many of China’s orphans.
The CCCWA’s implementation of the special needs database has given AGCI access to approximately 2,000 special needs children who are waiting for loving families. China’s adoption process is both stable and efficient, and the CCCWA is committed to providing thorough medical and social information on all children available for adoption.
This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary of working in China. We are blessed to have united more than 500 children with their forever families through our China program, and we continue to advocate for the thousands of children who are still waiting.
More than 2,000 waiting and special focus children are currently available. Many of the waiting children have minor correctable needs and are between 4 months and 13 years of age. Most referred children are 2 to 4 years old and 75% are boys. These children can be placed once a family has their dossier logged into the CCCWA. We are seeking families who are open to special needs such as: low IQ, heart conditions, Down syndrome, cleft lip and palate, anal atresia, cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. There is a great need for families to adopt older children.
Special focus children can have more complicated special needs and can be pre-placed with families during the home study process. Healthy children from 9 months of age are available, with up to a seven-year wait to complete the adoption. (This is an estimation depending on the children that are abandoned and their needs, age and gender.)