Over the years, it has been a joy and privilege for America World Adoption to help find families for children considered harder to place in international adoption. Our Waiting Child programs in China, India, and Ethiopia make this possible. Waiting children are orphans who have been identified as ready and available to be placed in loving homes due to a variety of reasons. These reasons might include the fact that they are considered an older child, or are that they are diagnosed with a medical or developmental condition. America World's Waiting Child pages contain waiting child photolistings of just some of the children who are waiting for forever families.
Most of the child profiles you see on America World's waiting child photolisting are China waiting children. China allows Chinese adoption agencies to share a child's information, such as brief bios and photos. India does not allow a child's photo to be shared at this time. The photolisting is a resource to help America World find families for children who have very specific needs — whether medical, emotional or other. The child profiles can be sorted by country, gender, age, adoption status and their special need.
How are the Children on the Photolisting Chosen?
In most cases, the children on the waiting child photolisting are children that have not been matched with families when China releases child profiles to Chinese adoption agencies. Most families who apply to adopt will select the specific child needs that would be best for them. Children that meet those requests are never placed on the waiting child photolisting, but are immediately matched with a family. For those children who are not a match with a family's requests, they are placed on the China waiting child photolisting so that we can advocate specifically for those children.
Who Can Adopt a Child on the Photolisting?
Because children on this list are considered "harder to place", the process to adopt a child on the photolisting can be much quicker to complete. Families at any stage of the adoption process (even families who have not yet applied to adopt!) can request to see a China waiting child's complete profile. We know God has a plan for every child & it is our desire to see every child placed in the Christ-centered home as he/she deserves.