Adopting from Taiwan
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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
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
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
Children's Bureau (Er Tong Ju), Ministry of Interior
The process for adopting a child from Taiwan generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an adoption service provider
- Apply to be found eligible to adopt
- Be matched with a child
- 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
- Adopt the child in Taiwan
- Receive final approval of your Form I-600
- Obtain visa and bring your child home
To learn more about this process please read about How to Adopt from Taiwan.
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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: The American Institute in Taiwan
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: email@example.com Internet: Taiwan Adoption Authority
Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representation Office (TECRO) in the United States
Office of Children’s Issues
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
National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov