America World is a China adoption agency and has assisted thousands of families in bringing their children home. Our experienced America World guides provide have navigated the adoption process for our families since 1994, allowing America World families to focus on their child during those critical first days. Learn more about how to begin your China 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 international adoption is second to none.
About 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, nearly 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 finding homes for the children who wait.
Featured Waiting Child: Charming "Corey"
"Corey" is a charming young boy with a delightful personality! He is described as an optimistic child who will make you feel his ‘sunshine and brightness’ when he talks to you! He has made leaps and bounds in his development by working with a therapist and undergoing both acupuncture and massage therapy for his diagnosis of cerebral palsy. At age 3 years old, when he first arrived at his orphanage, all of his limbs were stiff, he could not bend, could not stand up, and he had a very limited range of motion.
At age 7, he has made tremendous progress and has continued to accomplish many milestones over the years including being able to stretch and bend freely, draw, make a fist, feed and help care for himself, stand while holding onto or against an object, sit independently, get in and out of his wheelchair by himself, and is beginning to learn to walk.
One of our teams who met him in July 2016 describes him as hardworking and noted that he learns fast. While his language development has also been delayed and he has trouble with pronunciation, he works hard at trying to get better and does attempt to imitate speech sounds in addition to continuing to add to his vocabulary of simple words.
He is able to follow both simple and multi-step directions, enjoys playing with balls, cars & trucks, and can easily identify objects. He shows interest and curiosity in many things and will smile spontaneously.
Corey’s file is extremely detailed with a lot of wonderful developmental information and benchmarks, and we are also able to connect interested families with individuals who have visited his orphanage and were able to meet him during their visit in July 2016!
If you are interested in learning more about delightful young Corey, please reach out to our China team at China@awaa.org. You are also welcome to complete a FREE PRE-APPLICATION and indicate on the application your interest in learning more about “Corey”.
Waiting Children: Older and Medical Needs Adoption
America World China Adoption Photolistings of Chinese 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 repaired or unrepaired medical needs or are 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.
CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION PROCESS
The process of adopting a child from China is divided into three main stages. The first stage of China adoption 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 staff 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 your China adoption, 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 research (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 unmarried women adopting through our China program. 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 Adoption 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!