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Adopting a child from China. What's involved?

Applicants wishing to adopt Chinese babies need to apply via the CCAA and must comply with Chinese adoption regulations. Both applicant parents will need to stay in China as part of the evaluation procedure, should their written application be approved. The Chinese authorities expect a donation for each child that is successfully adopted. This amount is in the process of being standardised, since some couples and agencies voluntarily pay more than others. Currently the donation expected is three thousand dollars (US), but may rise to about four and a half thousand dollars in the future.

The CCAA also promotes the adoption of children with special needs, since foreign couples generally look after such children very well. Applicants who comply with all the requirements are given preference over those who have non-compliance with some of the rules.

Adoption of a Chinese baby is only available to straight married couples. The minimum length of the union is two years. If either or both the prospective parents have been divorced from a prior marriage, the length of the union is five years minimum. Both husband and wife need to be between the ages of 30 and 50. If they want to adopt a special needs child, both need to be between 30 and 55.

Both partners need to be physically and mentally healthy. The following are a list of conditions that neither spouse may suffer from if applying for adoption:

AIDS
Mental handicap
Infectious disease within infectious stage
Binocular blindness, binocular parallax, monocular blindness and with no ocular prosthesis
Binaural hearing loss or loss of speech function; adoptive couples wishing to adopt a special needs child with the same problems are exempt from this regulation
Applicants should not be maimed, crippled or suffer from facial disfigurement or major physical deformation
Suffering from long-term diseases or conditions that could limit life expectancy
People who have donated major organs within the last 10 years
Schizophrenia sufferers
People who are on strong prescribed medication for conditions like depression, or people who have had to be on medication within two years of applying for adoption
People who are morbidly obese (BMI 40 and over)

The adoptive family needs to have at least one parent earning a steady income and net assets of at least eighty thousand US dollars. There should be less than five children under the age of 18 in the family, the youngest being over the age of one year. These conditions do not apply when a special needs child is being adopted. 

A high school diploma is the minimum acceptable level of education for both the husband and wife.

Both husband and wife must have no criminal record, be law abiding and be of good character.
Neither parent may have a history of committing violence or sexual abuse. There should be no history of drug or alcohol abuse in the past 10 years.

Criminal cases or infractions in the past must be minor in nature and outcome and there may only be three such incidents. Applicants must have a clean driving record, with no more than five minor traffic offences.

Applicants for adoption need to fully understand the regulations and laws. They must know all the procedures involved in inter-country adoption and be prepared for delays and possible problems and issues that may arise.

Applicants must be prepared to comply with all requirements and post-placement inspections.
The age of the applicants that is relevant for the rest of the adoption process, is the age that is entered on the initial request form on the date of the application.
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More questions

Irish parents now have three new international adoption options which may make getting the child they want a little bit easier.
International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with Irish adoption laws.
The Thai Child Adoption Centre in Bangkok works with the Irish Adoption Board to process all adoption requests for Thai children.
Adopting a child from the Philippines is a much smoother process than adopting a child from China or Vietnam.
Some couples are not ready to give up trying to have a natural birth child and will want to continue IVF treatment during the adoption process.
Intercountry adoption is a difficult process and at the moment, there is no effective bilateral agreement between the Vietnamese government and Ireland.
The adoption process for babies and children born in China is handled by the China Centre of Adoption Affairs (CCAA).
While the criteria for fostering are not as strenuous as those for adoption, there are still certain requirements you need to fulfil in order to be considered.
Foster care provides for the temporary or permanent care of children who for one reason or another, cannot live with their own family.
Adoption is a major decision, and one that no one should take lightly, or try to force anyone into.

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