Adopting from Taiwan

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Confucius Temple at the Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung

Taiwanese .

Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei

Ximending at night.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

A beautiful and colorful small village in Taichung

DaZhiBridge over Keelung river, DaZhi District, Taipei

Taipei View From Maokong.

Taipei Baoan Temple

Da ba jian Mountain

Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.

About Taiwan

In 1895, military defeat forced China's Qing Dynasty to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan came under Chinese Nationalist control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. To learn more please read About Taiwan (The Country). To get very detailed information on Taiwan please read the Taiwan Travel Fact Sheet page.

Taiwan Adoption Alert

There have been multiple adoption alerts for Taiwan. To learn more please read the Taiwan Adoption Alert page.

Hague Convention Information

Taiwan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). To learn more please read about Taiwan and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet multiple requirements in order to adopt a child from Taiwan. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Taiwan.

Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Taiwan has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn more please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Taiwan.

How to Adopt

Adoption Authority

Taiwan's Adoption Authority

Children's Bureau (Er Tong Ju), Ministry of Interior

The Process

The process for adopting a child from Taiwan generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an adoption service provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. File the Form I-600 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to initiate the Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) prior to filing an adoption case with the courts
  5. Adopt the child in Taiwan
  6. Receive final approval of your Form I-600
  7. Obtain visa and bring your child home

To learn more about this process please read about How to Adopt from Taiwan.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Taiwan. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. Getting or renewing a passport is easy. To learn more please read about Traveling Abroad in Taiwan.

After Adoption

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Adoption Services Support Group for Adopting Persons

Contact Information

The American Institute in Taiwan

Consular Section Immigrant Visa Unit, 2nd Floor American Institute in Taiwan Number 7, Lane 134 Xin Yi Rd, Section 3 Taipei 106, Taiwan Tel: (886) 02-2162-2005 Fax: (886) 02-2162-2253 Email: Internet: The American Institute in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Adoption Authority

Child Welfare Bureau (Er Tong Ju), Ministry of Interior 7F, No. 503 Li-Ming Road, Section 2 Nantun, Taichung 408, R.O.C. Tel: (886-4) 2250-2850 Fax: (886-4) 2250-2903/2899 Email:

Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representation Office (TECRO) in the United States

4201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20016 Tel: (202) 895-1800 Email:

Taiwan also has offices (consulates) in: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

Office of Children’s Issues

U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 Email: Internet: U.S. Department of State

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

For questions about immigration procedures: National Customer Service Center (NCSC) Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) Internet: USCIS

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:

National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email:


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information