We continue to see many families who originally submitted a dossier for the traditional/healthy program switch to the China waiting children program and come home with children as the waiting children program is an expedited program with short wait times. We are currently looking for families who are open to boys of all ages with minor to moderate medical needs and who have a log in date in China. Families open to a boy with minor to moderate medical needs or repaired needs, can be matched almost immediately in most cases as there is little to no wait time for families requesting boys with needs commonly seen in the program. Families interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact our China program staff. We have a large number of boy files arriving in the upcoming weeks and months and are in need of new families to join the program.
A family needs to have a current home study and USCIS form to be eligible to be matched in the waiting children program or be in the process to obtain these items in order to switch to the waiting children program. We can discuss this case by case with families.
Chinese Heritage Expedites & Wait Time
Families who are of Chinese heritage and who have dossiers submitted as Chinese expedites, can anticipate a slightly shorter wait time. The CCCWA is currently matching Chinese expedite families who have a dossier logged in January of 2008 as they are currently matching LID’s from January 2007 for the general program. The CCCWA’s desire is to keep one year apart between the regular matching process and the Chinese expedite matching process. This will mean that the Chinese expedite wait time will generally be 12 months shorter than the current estimated wait time you will see listed each month.
China Waiting Children Program Options
There are several options that families have while waiting on a healthy referral. Families may switch programs and join the China Waiting Children Program where they can be matched with a waiting child by our agency staff (Families will fill out their child requests/preferences and have them approved by their social worker). Most families are matched with children from our orphanage partnerships. This program has a wide spectrum of children available and for many families, and there is currently very little wait time to be matched with children who have needs seen often in the program. The waiting children program has both boys and girls, infant to age 13, older healthy children (generally 10-13 years on average), and children with repaired medical needs, unrepaired medical needs, or developmental delays available.
Concurrent Family Building Program Options
A family may also consider doing a concurrent family building plan, in which they pursue pregnancy or another adoption while waiting on their China adoption match. Families who are in other country programs may also switch to a different adoption program, however, this does require that a family build a new dossier for that particular country, as regulations for dossiers vary depending on the country.
Families interested in any of these options should contact their Family Coordinator or our China staff at 800.429.3369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.