Madison Adoption Associates has been working as an agency approved by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) since
2005. We are very pleased with the good relationship we have with CCCWA and the hundreds of children with special needs who have found their
families through Madison Adoption Associates.
CCCWA began implementing an on-line referral system within the last several years. This system includes a list of children assigned specifically
to Madison Adoption Associates for placement with a family, and the “Shared List” of children who are available to be matched with families by
any of the CCCWA-approved agencies. MAA is one of the approved agencies to match children from CCCWA’s lists. Families who are considering
children with special needs can identify certain medical conditions that they are can accept in their child. Families must show that they have
researched these particular conditions and spoken to medical professionals in the field. All families interested in this program must
fill out the Family Information Sheet on this website.
MAA has a China In-country Coordinator, Ming Cao, who lives in Beijing and brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience regarding Chinese adoptions. She graduated from Beijing University, has taken college classes in the United States, and has a grown daughter who lives and works in the US. We are very fortunate to have Ming on our staff and looking out for our adoptive families and children. She is our contact person in China for communication with CCCWA and she advises us of changes in procedures for China cases.
For families considering adoption through the waiting child program in China, the adoption procedures are listed below.
Summary of Adoption Procedures:
- Prospective adoptive families must submit a completed Family Information Sheet before Madison can discuss the details of a specific waiting child.
- All adoptive families must complete a home study assessment according to Hague requirements.
- All adoptive parents must submit a Form I-800A to USCIS to receive immigration approval for an adopted child.
- All adoptive families must apply to Madison Adoption Associates for the China Special Needs Program.
- All adoptive families must complete a dossier and receive a log-in date (LID) from CCCWA to consider a child with minor special needs.
- All adoptive families must commit to accepting post-adoption supervision and provide post-adoption reports as required.
China Eligibility Requirements for Adopting a Child with Special Needs
- The adopters are a married couple with a stable marital relationship. Single women are permitted to adopt if they meet CCCWA’s requirements (please contact MAA for information). If there have been no previous marriages (divorces), the length of marriage must be at least 2 years. If either of the adopters has a previous marriage (not more than 2 divorces for either parent), the length of the current marriage must be at least 5 years.
- Both the husband and wife must be at least 30 years of age, and are under age 55 years.
- Both the husband and wife are fully healthy, both physically and mentally, and do NOT have any of the following conditions:
- AIDS; Infectious disease with infective stage;
- Mental handicap or Schizophrenia;
- Binocular blindness, binocular parallax or monocular blindness with no ocular prosthesis;
- Binaural hearing loss or language function loss; adoption of a child with this identical condition will be exempt from this limitation;
- Dysfunction of limbs or trunk caused by impairment, numbness, deformity, severe facial deformation, etc.;
- Severe disease that requires long term treatment and affects life expectancy, such as malignant tumor, cancer, lupus, epilepsy, etc.;
- Post-surgery of major organs transplantation, less than 10 years ago;
- Medication for severe mental disorders, such as depression, mania, anxiety, neurosis, etc., stopped less than 2 years ago;
- BMI (BMI=weight (kg)/height2(m2)) ≥ 40.
- Neither adoptive parent has any criminal history record; they behave honorably with good moral character, and abide by regulations and laws. Neither parent has a history of any of the following situations:
- domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment or abuse of children (even if they are not arrested or charged with a criminal offense);
- taking narcotics such as opium, morphine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, etc.; addiction to prescription medications; and/or
- alcohol abuse; must be clean and sober for at least 10 years.
- At least one adoptive parent must hold a stable occupation. The family income must reach $10,000 for each family member in the home, including the child to be adopted; the family’s net worth must be at least $80,000. The annual income does not include welfare income, such as relief fund, pension, unemployment insurance, government subsidy, etc.
- Both adoptive parents must have a minimum education level of senior high school, or vocational skills training of the same level.
- There is no family size limit for the adoption of a child with special needs; the youngest child in the home should not be under the age of 1 year.