China Adoption Alert
Notice: Changes to Requirements (December 31, 2014)
The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) recently announced changes to their intercountry adoption procedures. The changes that apply to prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) in China fall into three broad categories: 1) the eligibility requirements for PAPs, 2) post-placement requirements, and 3) China’s fees for intercountry adoption. These changes are effective January 1, 2015.
Changes to the PAP eligibility requirements:
- A. The CCCWA will now allow couples in which the individuals are over 50 years of age to adopt a child. The age difference between the child and the younger spouse, however, should be no more than 50 years. Single females must be no more than 45 years older than the child they wish to adopt. Additionally, single females are now permitted to adopt non-special needs children.
- B. The CCCWA has identified additional medical conditions that would make a PAP ineligible to adopt, including being HIV-positive. For additional information on conditions that would make a PAP ineligible to adopt, please see the section, Who Can Adopt, in our Country Information Sheet for China. The CCCWA also added multiple sclerosis to the list of severe diseases that require long-term treatment and that may affect life expectancy. However, CCCWA indicated that if one of the parents is healthy, and the other parent’s medical condition is manageable with treatment, it will consider an exemption to that ineligibility. Given the complexity of these issues, the Department of State advises all PAPs to seek guidance directly from the CCCWA regarding the changes to the medical ineligibilities for PAPs. Contact information for CCCWA may be found on the last page of our Country Information Sheet for China.
- C. The CCCWA also provided clarification on income requirements. China still requires that an adopting family's annual income equal at least $10,000 for each family member in the household (including the child to be adopted). CCCWA indicates, however, that this requirement may be relaxed where a family’s annual income is less than $10,000 per family member, but is above the average local living standards of the jurisdiction of residence, and the PAPs can provide valid certification to that effect. The CCCWA also requires PAPs to receive pre-adoption training from their U.S. accredited adoption service provider.
- D. Adopting couples are no longer restricted to having fewer than five children under the age of 18 living in their home.
Changes to post-placement requirements:
- B. The first three reports must be prepared by the social workers who prepared the home study. The last three reports may be written by the families themselves.
Changes to adoption fees charged by CCCWA
This information will be incorporated into our Country Information regarding China. The Department of State advises PAPs and ASPs to contact the CCCWA directly regarding the potential impacts of these changes to each PAPs specific situation. For any further information, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues by telephone at 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) or 202-501-4444 (from overseas) or by e-mail at AdoptionUSCA@state.gov.
Notice: New Location for Consulate General Guangzhou (June 7, 2013)
The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, which processes all U.S. immigrant visas in China, will be moving to the Zhujiang New Town area of Guangzhou. This spacious and modern facility will house consular services for visa applicants and for U.S. citizens. The Consulate General will suspend operations on or about July 15, and will resume adoption-related visa services by appointment on July 24.
In order to complete timely processing of current cases and to ensure that services continue smoothly, the Consulate General’s Adopted Children’s Immigrant Visa Unit (ACIVU) will maintain the following schedule of services:
- July 5—Last day for Letter Seeking Confirmation submissions until resumption of services. All LSCs submitted by this date will be returned on July 12.
- July 11—Last day for adopted children’s immigrant visa interviews until resumption of services.
- July 12—Last day to pick up issued visas, Article 5 packets, and other processed documents until resumption of services.
- July 24—Adoption-related visa services resume at new facility.
Families and Adoption Service Providers are advised to incorporate this schedule into their planning for submitting documents, scheduling visa interviews, and determining travel dates.
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