The China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) just announced that single women are now allowed to adopt from their Special Focus special needs adoption program!! For a child to be considered a “Special Focus” child they must have been waiting on the “shared list” (list of Chinese orphans who are harder to place for adoption due to their age or special need) for more than two months. Generally, although not always, these are older (4+) or with a more significant special need.
Who Can Adopt?
Here are the specifics for single women to adopt:
- A woman must be between the ages of 30 and 50. A woman over 50 can still adopt a special focus child, but the age difference between the child and the applicant can be no more than 45 years.
- The woman must sign a statement that she is not a homosexual. She must give her reason for being single and her attitude towards marriage. (In other words, would she be open to being married.)
- She can have no more than two children in her home under the age of 18, and her youngest child should not be younger than 6.
- A single woman can only adopt one special focus adoption at a time. (Married couples can adopt two special focus children at a time.) Singles can reapply for another child after one year.
- The woman must meet the health requirements (physical and mental) of the traditional China adoption program. (An issue for many people is the 2 year prohibition on antidepressants. Exceptions have sometimes been made for special needs adoptions, but it is not clear and probably doubtful whether an exception will be made for single women.)
- Income Requirements: The family annual income shall reach $10,000 per family member, including the prospective adoptee and the family net assets value should be $100,000. The applicant must have adequate medical insurance to cover the medical expense of the adopted child.
- Applicants should have experience in caring for children or be occupied in child-related fields, such as doctor, nurse, teacher, child psychological counselor, etc. Preference will be given to applicants that have had successful experience in caring for special needs children.
- The applicant must have wide social and family supporting network that can provide assistance any time.
- If the woman has a stable relationship and lives with a male partner, the requirements of couple applicants shall be applied.
The China program was very popular with single woman before China prohibited singles from adopting. However, at that time, most singles did not adopt special needs children. I feel the need to caution that adopting a child with a special need or adopting an older child is not for everyone and is not for anyone who is not prepared. Do NOT blindly go into this program without considering what it means to parent an older child or a child with a special need. Creating a Family has many resources, podcasts, and videos to help you decide if this is the best option. As most of you know, I LOVE the Special Needs section of the fabulous Rainbow Kids website as the best place to get specific information on different types of special needs.
I am so happy that the CCAA has decided to take the step of allowing singles to adopt from China again. They are clearly putting actions with their words of trying to find homes for their orphans with special needs. I love it when anyone, especially a government, walks their talk.
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