America World is a Hague-accredited China adoption agency and has seen thousands of families travel to China to bring their children home. While in-country, our experienced guides provide have navigated the adoption process for our families since 1994, allowing America World families to focus on their children. Learn more about how to begin your Chinese adoption below. With over 4,600 children placed into forever families with the help of a staff of caring, loving professionals, America World's experience in…

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China Adoption Timeline: 12 - 24 months average for waiting children
Children Ages for China Adoption: Boys/Girls, 8 months - 13 ½ years
Parents' Ages for China Adoption: 30 - 50* (* if both over 50, youngest parent no more than 50 yrs. older than child)
Marriage Requirements for China Adoption: 2 years (5 years if divorced); single women accepted
Estimated China Adoption Expenses: $31,000 - $45,000
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He Always Wanted to Be a Dad

By Debby DeRosa | June 14, 2024

“I just always wanted to be a dad,” said Rick.* Unfortunately, he and his wife, Anna,* tried to have children but couldn’t. They visited doctors, and no one could give them an explanation for why they couldn’t conceive. Rick prayed every day for 12 years – until he couldn’t pray anymore. Then, he told God,…

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Adoption: God’s Perfect Plan

By Debby DeRosa | April 24, 2024

An Interview with America World Adoptive Mom Debbie Burns Meet Emily Burns! Steve and Debbie Burns adopted her in 2006 when she was 12 months old through our China program. She is now 19, and she has blossomed into a gorgeous young woman who has held many pageant titles, including Miss Missouri! She uses her…

A Dream Come True

By Debby DeRosa | April 10, 2024

In 2014, after finding out they were unable to have biological children, Brian and Lindsey McMakin started praying for God to take them beyond themselves and their own comfort. This prayer led Lindsey to go on a mission trip to China with America World, where she met their daughter, Ru. Brian and Lindsey brought Ru…