Ni Hao! Founded in 1995 and Hague accredited, ATWA’s mission has been to create nurturing families through inter country adoptions. With our growing China program, ATWA is building on a long tradition of excellence in China with a focus on meeting the needs of children with special needs.
ATWA currently offers two China programs. First is the Waiting Child Program (WCP). Under the WCP families specify what special needs they are prepared to care for, and ATWA works with our China staff to match a referral with your family. Completing your paperwork and having it logged in with the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption) during the process will allow ATWA to lock a child’s file on your behalf.
The second program is called a Special Focus Adoption. Under this program, the CCCWA prepares a list of children with greater special needs that are exclusive to ATWA. We also have an exclusive partnership with Yangzhou Social Welfare Institute in Jiangsu province that are added to our list. Families will be able to preview this list and decide if their forever child is profiled and then you don’t have to wait for a referral. China also allows families to adopt up to 2 children from the special focus program.
China has one of the most stable and established international adoption programs available. China operates their adoption service through the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). With over 20 years of experience, the process is reliable and predictable, something most countries can’t offer. The CCCWA gives children with special needs priority so that their process is expedited to ensure these children quickly find their forever family. Some of the major advantages are:
- Children who are well cared for in good environments
- Solid information on child’s abandonment and medical history
- Multiple ways to adopt from China
- Short travel time, in most cases around 2 weeks.
- Affordable and predictable costs, no hidden fees!
Because it is a special needs program, all the children referred will qualify due to age or varying degrees of medical conditions. Due to the high cost of medical expenses, and fear of discrimination, special needs children in China may be abandoned by their birth parents. The children available vary from about 9 months to around 13 years old. Waiting children can present with medical conditions from minor to severe with multiple issues. These children have conditions such as spina bifida, missing limbs, congenital heart defects, cleft lip and palate, hearing and vision issues, Down Syndrome, and developmental delays. Families should research each condition they are considering and discuss with their social worker the potential impact it could have on their family.
The CCCWA releases waiting children’s information to ATWA in three different ways. First they regularly release information on a shared list. This list is open for all agencies to see. If a child matches a family’s profile, the agency is able to lock the file for that family if the child is still available on the list. Second, the CCCWA provides ATWA with a designated list of children that are only assigned to ATWA families. Finally, we have a partnership program with dedicated children. We will work hard to locate adoptive families who are willing and ready to adopt these children through the Special Focus Adoption program. In all cases, families should get information such as pictures, background and history, developmental information, basic physical exam, and detailed information on the child’s medical condition or special needs if available.
The CCCWA has varying requirements for married couples and single females. Both are required to be heterosexual and single females are limited to only the Special Focus Adoption program. Single females can adopt one child at a time, and must wait 1 year before starting a second adoption.
- Must be married for at least two years if neither applicant has been divorced (limit of two previous marriages). If previously married, the length of the current marriage has to be at least five years.
- Applicants should be between 30 and 55 years old.
- Applicants should have a High School or equivalent education level.
- Combined income should total at least $10,000 for each family member, including the adopted child.
- A net worth of at least $80,000.
- The youngest child in the home must be at least one year old.
- Applicants should have no history of criminal activity or drug use.
- Applicants should be physically and mentally healthy (no antidepressants for past two years).
- The couple should have good medical insurance that will cover the adopted child’s medical needs.
Single Females (Special Focus Adoption Only)
- If in a stable relationship and living with a male partner, you must meet the requirements of a married couple.
- Applicants should be between 30 and 50 years old. If over 50, the difference between the child and adoptive parent cannot exceed 45 years.
- If previously married, the applicant must provide a certificate of marital status (divorce decree).
- Applicant must submit a letter explaining her decision to remain single and describe her attitude toward marriage. This must include her plan to involve men as role models for an adopted child.
- Applicant’s income should total at least $20,000 plus $10,000 for each family member, including the adopted child.
- A net worth of at least $100,000.
- Applicant should be physically and mentally healthy (no antidepressants for past two years).
- The applicant should have good medical insurance that will cover the adopted child’s medical needs.
- No more than two children in the home, the youngest must be at least six years.
Because we focus on advocating for special focus children, our waiting lists are small! For more information about the China adoption process through ATWA and how you can apply please contact us or call (925) 356-6260.