America World is a Chinese adoption agency that has assisted more than 4,600 families in bringing their children home from China. The America World China team is passionate about caring for orphans in China, finding them forever families, and serving families to bring their children home. Our experienced America World guides in China have navigated the adoption process for our families while in China since 1994, allowing our families to focus on their child during those critical first days. With thousands of children placed into forever families with the help of a staff of caring, loving professionals, America World's experience in international adoption is second to none. Learn more about how to adopt from China below.
About America World Chinese Adoption
In 1994, Brian and Renée Luwis traveled to China to adopt their first daughter, Fei. Overwhelmed with a loving desire to help the thousands of orphaned children find families of their own, they founded the America World Adoption Association (originally "America China Adoption Association" until 2001 when the Russia and Ukraine programs were added). Since then, over 3,000 orphans from China have been placed into loving Christ-centered families where they are now growing up in the love of Jesus Christ.
America World has had a long-standing great reputation with the China Center for Children's Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) and authorities there. America World's in-country staff, who also travel with our families during their adoption in China, work directly with the CCCWA and orphanage directors to assist in adopting a baby from China.
Waiting Children: Older and Medical Needs Adoption
View America World China adoption photo listings of China Waiting Children who are ready for international adoption. You can request to view their profiles by visiting our Waiting Children web page. China Waiting Children are children of all ages who have corrected or uncorrected medical needs, or even older children (generally 8-13 years) with no known medical needs.
Families interested in learning more about a child may submit a free pre-application to America World to verify eligibility or to be given the approval to review a waiting child's complete file. Many of the children whose files become available in China for matching with families through a U.S. based adoption agency are considered Waiting Children, due to their age and/or medical needs. While more children are adopted domestically in China, many children continue to wait for a family. The wait time to be matched with a child through the Waiting Child is significantly shorter than wait times seen in the China program previously.
How To Adopt From China
The process of adopting a child from China is divided into three main stages.
The first stage of adoption in China involves assembling a collection of documents called a dossier. These documents must go through several levels of authentication by U.S. government offices so that they ultimately can be used as the legal framework for your adoption process. This stage is referred to as the "paper chase" or "paper pregnancy", and takes on average 4-6 months to complete. The finished dossier is mailed to America World where our China team carefully reviews it to ensure accuracy. Once approved, the dossier is forwarded to the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) for translation and processing. The CCCWA, or "Center" as it is sometimes called, is the federal agency which oversees all international adoption-related activities in China.
After your dossier is received by the CCCWA, you begin stage two of adoption in China, the waiting stage. The process of matching a family with a child is called the referral process. The wait time for a referral varies—please check our blog for the most up-to-date trends. The referral is comprised of several photos, a medical profile, a brief biography of the child’s life, a developmental and social report, as well as other general information. The waiting stage is a great time to do some research to prepare for welcoming your child home (China culture, bonding time with your adopted child, etc.), talk to adoptive families for tips and ideas, fundraise to help with adoption expenses, and prepare in general for your new addition.
Once you have accepted your referral, we begin planning the details of your travel, the third and final stage of your China adoption process. Our travel department will handle all of the details for your family’s travel. Families generally leave for China approximately 2-3 months after they receive a referral and stay in China for roughly two weeks to complete the China adoption process. While in China, families are united with their child, complete their adoption paperwork, and tour some of the country’s rich cultural sites. Typically, America World families arrive in Bejing and meet up with other America World families in their group (group sizes vary). Sightseeing with your America World guide is next on the agenda so that families can experience the rich culture of China to share with their child. Some of the places that our families visit are the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. After a day or two in Bejing, families travel to the province where their child is living, to meet them and begin the adoption procedures.
SINGLE PARENT ADOPTION FROM CHINA
China is one country/program that allows for single women to adopt, and America World is pleased to have a long history of single women adopting a baby from China. There are some different requirements for single women adopting from China based on CCCWA specifications. All of these details are listed on our China Requirements page.
The staff at America World is trained to handle every detail of your international adoption process and one of our experienced staff members will be assigned to your family as soon as your application is approved. America World has been working with the CCCWA since China first opened its doors to international adoption in the early 1990's and have placed over 3,000 Chinese children in loving homes.
Be sure to visit our Financing Adoption page to learn how to reduce or eliminate your China adoption expenses!
China Frequently Asked Questions
WAITING CHILD PHOTO LISTINGS
|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|