INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FROM CHINA
Since 1994, AGCI has served orphaned children in China by elevating care and has placed over 654 children with their forever families. There is a huge need for families in this program—there are currently over 120 children waiting for families in our partner homes! Additionally, over the past two years, families adopting from AGCI’s China program have received over $335,717 in adoption grants.
AGCI has established multiple one-to-one partnerships in China, which allow us to work closely with staff, provide loving, elevated care to children in these homes, and develop relationships with the children we advocate for. Many of the waiting children in our photo listings are cared for in our one-to-one partnership homes. We also place children throughout China through China’s shared list of waiting children. Unlike many other agencies, the size of AGCI’s China program allows most families to be matched within 0-18 months and families can often be matched while in the paperwork process. AGCI welcomes many returning families; in 2015, 24% of China adoptions were returning AGCI families.
- Most children are between six months and 4 years old.
- 75% of children eligible for adoption are boys.
- In 2016, 44% of the children we advocated for were just one-year-old.
- From 2015-2017, the majority of children home were under 2 years old.
- In 2016, 86% of AGCI China families completed their adoption in less than 2 years.
- China has grouped their waiting children into two categories:
- Special needs children. These children often have a single medical condition and are often between six months and 5 years old.
- Special focus children. These children typically have more than one medical condition or a more complex health condition and their adoptions are sometimes expedited. Additionally, special focus orphans can be placed with adoptive families prior to dossier completion. These children are between four months and 14 years old.
- An exclusive Special Treasures adoption grant of up to $5,000 is available for AGCI families adopting special focus children through our partnership homes.
- Timeframe: 6-18 months. Timeframe is from registered dossier to completion. Timeframes are dependent on family’s openness to medical conditions, gender, and age of child.
- Complete a FREE Pre-App to view waiting kids.
Age of Parents
Parents between the ages of 30 and 55 years old are eligible to adopt from AGCI’s China program. If a couple, the youngest parent must be no more than 50 years older than the adopted child.
Couples must be married at least two years prior to beginning the adoption process. If either parent has been divorced, China requires at least five years of marriage prior to application, with no more than two divorces per couple.
Single women 30 to 55 years old who provide a single status form are welcome to adopt. The age between the child to be adopted and the applicant can be no more than 50 years.
If married, both parents must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and one must have a stable occupation. Single applicants must have a high school diploma and childcare experience, or be employed as a nurse, doctor, teacher, psychologist, counselor, or in a related field.
Body Mass Index
Applicants must have a body mass index of less than 40.
Children in Family
Families with no more than five children in the home are welcome to adopt from China. Single applicants with no more than two children in the home are welcome to adopt. The youngest child in the home should be at least three years old at the time dossier is submitted to China.
Married couples must have a positive net worth of at least $80,000; single applicants must have a positive net worth of at least $100,000. Family income should reach a minimum of $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants cannot have a history of felonies and no more than three misdemeanors in their lifetime.
Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible. Applicants must be considered to be free of mental health conditions that impair their parenting. Any mental health condition must be well controlled, and an applicant must be endorsed by their doctor as suitable to adopt. A psychological evaluation is required for all applicants.
The approximate cost to adopt from China is $27,600. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.
It’s important to keep in mind that the estimated cost of adopting from China after tax credits is $19,530. To learn more about adoption tax credits, grants, and how to fund your adoption, schedule an appointment with our Financial Expert.
Additionally, there are so many ways to fund your adoption! You can learn more about AGCI specific grants, adoption loans, and employee benefits and more on our How to Fund Page!
APPLICATION: $300 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your program and address any potential challenges with you, your social worker, and our in-country staff.
U.S. AGENCY: $6,000* The agency fee covers AGCI’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and foreign country. Processing expenses for AGCI include, but are not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, state. federal, and international licensing and accreditations, communications and insurance.
ORPHAN CARE: $2,500* Th is fee provides care for orphans around the world and allows AGCI to provide the medical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental care that every child deserves.
POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: $1,750 This fee allows us to provide post-adoption support services to your family and process post-adoption reports.
*If adopting siblings, agency and orphan care fees increase.
HOME STUDY AND POST-ADOPTION*
HOME STUDY SERVICES: $2,200 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study, including any applicable social worker travel costs.
POST-ADOPTION SERVICES: $400 per report; $225 per report for each additional child. These fees cover the cost for AGCI to provide post-placement visits and reports upon arrival home.
*These fees may vary if payable to your home study agency for families living outside of AGCI’s licensed states.
NON-AGCI HOME STUDY REVIEW: $350 Any home study written by one of AGCI’s cooperating agencies will be reviewed by AGCI to ensure it meets all AGCI, USCIS, Hague and sending country criteria. Home study and Post Adoption service fees are paid to your cooperating agency.
CHINA COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES
These fees cover the cost of facilitating an international adoption in China. These fees include, but are not limited to costs related to personnel, administration, training and education, legal fees and communications associated with government and agency authorities, government fees, and care of your child prior to the completion of your adoption.
*A China adoption requires a mandatory Chinese orphanage donation of approximately $5,000-5,500 paid directly to the orphanage.
THIRD PARTY EXPENSES
|Adoptive Parent Education:||Approximately $260|
|FBI Fingerprinting:||$85 per adult|
|USCIS & Immigration Related Fees:||$775+|
|Notary Services, County & State Authentication:||$250+|
|Document Authentication and Translation Fees:||$400-$3,600|
TOTAL COST: The approximate cost to adopt from China is $27,600. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.
Fee Disclosure: All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non-refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.
Complete home study and then submit dossier.
Wait to be matched with your child and then begin the referral process! Through our special focus program, you can accept the referral of a waiting child during your home study and dossier process. Once the information on the child is received, you will have two weeks to make an informed decision about accepting the referral.
Once the CCCWA officially approves your family–-the CCCWA will then issue a travel approval to finalize your adoption!
Travel to meet your child and finalize the adoption! The first week will be spent in the capitol of your adopted child’s province where they will receive their passport. Once finalized, your family will travel to Guangzhou, China to complete your immigrant visa process. In-country travel typically spans 12-14 days.
Welcome home! AGCI and China require post-adoption reports prepared by a licensed social worker to be submitted on 3, 6, 12, and 24-month anniversaries of your child’s arrival into the U.S. Then reports submitted on the 3, 4, and 5 year anniversaries can be completed by the parents. Parents are also required to complete their state’s re-adoption process. AGCI is here for support throughout your child’s life—connect with us at anytime for ongoing support services!
CHINA IN-COUNTRY TEAM
Our China in-country team is comprised of two amazing individuals—Jack and Rocky. Jack works directly with adoptive families in Guangzhou and facilitates adoptions through the U.S. Embassy. Rocky works out of Beijing with the central authority in China and also facilitates advocacy teams and travel between orphanages. You will also be supported with friendly, dedicated guides and drivers throughout your entire trip.
CHINA IN-HOUSE TEAM
Carin Sherman, China International Adoption Specialist
Carin has a BA in Criminal Justice and has been serving children and families with AGCI since the spring of 2016! Carin is passionate about standing up for children and giving voice to the voiceless. She is honored to walk beside families through their international adoption journeys where God is so clearly evident.
6,000 children in the Fujian province now have educated and equipped orphanage staff to determine their eligibility, care for their medical conditions, and facilitate their adoptions.
In the past year, 580 orphans received elevated care through AGCI’s holistic model of care, caretaker training, and facility improvements to orphanages.