Application through dossier submission will take approximately 4-7 months. The wait time for a referral varies.Please see the AWAA Blog
for the most current estimations of wait times.
After a referral is accepted and approval from China is received, the wait time to travel is within 2-3 months
Healthy Program: Girls, ages 6 months - 3 years; sometimes boys. Please contact AWAA to discuss if considering this program due to length of wait times.
Waiting Children Program: Boys / Girls 6 months - 13 1/2 years. Adoption law in China requires that a child is adopted prior to their 14th birthday. We have multiple orphanage partnerships and utilize CCCWA's shared list to identify children for matching based on the age, gender, and medical conditions that the family is open to.
Waiting Program Children are designated to agencies in two categories: minor special needs or special focus (SF); Children in the SF category may be matched with families with paperwork in process and those designated as having minor special needs must be matched with a family whose paperwork is completed and logged in with China. Families not meeting eligibility requirement may be approved to adopt a child in the SF category. Contact our China program for more details.
Minimum age 30 at time of dossier submission. (can start process at 29 ½)
If both parents are over 50, no more than a 50 year age difference between child and the younger applicant. (by Chinese law-children must be adopted before age 14)
Marriage Status •
Couples must be married a minimum of 2 years. Single women can adopt and age between single adopter and child can be no more than 45 years. See "Single Women Requirements" below.
Permitted (maximum of two per spouse). Remarried couples must be married for at least 5 years to adopt.
Single Women Requirements
Minimum age of 30 years at dossier submission (can start process at 29 ½). No more than 45 years age difference between parent and adoptive child.
No more than 3 children under the age of 18 in the home and youngest child must be older than 6 years at time of application.
No major medical conditions, and BMI under 40 (please contact our China staff for exceptions that can be made for certain medical conditions)
Cannot be living with a male partner
May adopt one child at a time, with an interval of at least one year between adoptions
Annual income of at least $20,000 plus $10,000 per child in the home, including child to be adopted; minimum $100,000 net worth
Children in Family
There are no restrictions on family size for married couples.
Income requirements: $10,000 per family member currently in the home (including the child to be adopted), and minimum $80,000 net worth (total assets minus total liabilities). Flexibility for families in regions with lower costs of living (inquire with our China staff).
Criminal History ••
No criminal history in past 10 years permitted. Minor instances reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
No alcohol abuse within past ten years, no history of drug use or experimentation
No history of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or child abuse
Both spouses must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Medical History ••
Must be in good physical and mental condition.
For married couples, if diagnosed with anxiety, depression, mania, phobia, or OCD, must be under good control with a small dose of medication and have a positive physician’s letter.
If one parent has (or has had) cancer, lupus, nephrosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, hearing or language function impairment, or organ transplant within the last ten years, must be under good control AND the other parent must be healthy.
Must not have significant vision loss, limb impairment or paralysis, schizophrenia, or infectious diseases (such as HIV).
Body Mass Index (BMI) must be under 40
Families may discuss condition(s) with the China program staff before applying.
Travel to Country
At least one parent must travel. Average stay is 12-15 days.
Post adoption reports are due at 6 & 12 months, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years.
The single applicant may adopt one Special Focus child at a time,
with an interval of at least a year between adoptions. Single applicants must meet the
above requirements in addition to the following:
- Net assets must be a minimum of $100,000.
- Must be experienced with child-raising or employed
in a related field such as: teacher, doctor, counselor, etc.
Experience with special needs children is important.
- No more than two children under 18 currently in the home.
The youngest child must be over the age of 6.
- Cannot be living with a male partner.
Some exceptions given by the CCCWA on a case by case basis for the
waiting children program. Families should call
the office or complete a free pre-application
to find out more about their adoption options.
**Please refer to America World's
Agency Adoption Requirements
for a complete list of requirements.