In 1994, Brian and Renée Luwis traveled to China to adopt their first daughter, Fei. Overwhelmed with a loving desire to help the thousands of orphaned children find families of their own, they founded the America World Adoption Association.
We do currently have profiles of Waiting Children in China who are ready for international adoption. You can request to view their profiles by visiting our Waiting Children webpage. Waiting Children are children of all ages who have repaired or unrepaired medical needs, or are older children (generally 8-13 years) with no known medical needs. Families interested in learning more about a child must first submit a free pre-application to America World and requests to review a file.
The China adoption process is divided into three main stages. The first stage involves assembling a collection of documents called a dossier. These documents must go through several levels of authentication by U.S. government offices, so that they ultimately can be used as the legal framework for your adoption process. This stage is referred to as the "paper chase," and takes on average 4-6 months to complete. The finished dossier is mailed to America World where our staff carefully reviews it to ensure accuracy. Once approved, the dossier is forwarded to the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) for translation and processing. The CCCWA, or "Center" as it is sometimes called, is the federal agency which oversees all international adoption-related activities in China.
After your dossier is received by the CCCWA, you begin stage two, the waiting stage. The process of matching a family with a child is called the referral process. The wait time for a referral varies - please check our blog for the most up-to-date trends. The referral is comprised of several photos, a medical profile, a brief biography of the child’s life, a developmental and social report, as well as other general information. Once you have accepted your referral, we begin planning the details of your travel, the third and final phase of your adoption process. Our travel department will handle all of the details for your family’s travel. Families generally leave for China approximately 2-3 months after they receive a referral and stay in China for roughly two weeks. While in China, families are united with their child, complete their adoption paperwork, and tour some of the country’s rich cultural sites.
The staff at America World is trained to handle every detail of your international adoption process and one of our experienced staff members will be assigned to your family as soon as your application is approved. America World has been working with the CCCWA since China first opened its doors to international adoption in the early 1990's and have placed over 2,500 Chinese children in loving homes.
Be sure to visit our Financing Adoption page to learn how to reduce or eliminate your adoption expenses!