China Adoption Guide

Learn what you need to know to start the process of adopting from China.

Rachel Skousen March 09, 2015

China has long been one of the most popular countries for American couples adopting internationally.

Before you get started with this guide, you’ll probably want to familiarize yourself with the overall process of International Adoption. That means you’ll need to read this guide first—then come back here to get all the inside information on adopting from China.

Slides 1-9 provide background information about adopting from China. Slides 10-19 outline the process. Slide 20 includes links to more resources on our site that you might find helpful.

Please note: Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of the information provided in this slideshow guide, you should not rely on it to make decisions.  Instead, you should rely on licensed professionals in making decisions relative to adoption.  The information in this guide is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for the consequences of relying on this information. In no event shall be liable for any direct, indirect, special, or incidental damage resulting from, arising out of, or in connection with the use of this information.

2. Background: How Adoption is Managed in China

There is a central, government-run organization in China that oversees all orphanages and manages the international adoption process. All adoption applications are submitted and processed through the CCCWA. It is this organization’s job to match prospective adoptive families with children who are eligible for adoption.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at She currently works as a content specialist at, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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