25 Factors to Consider When Adopting from Taiwan
Click on each factor to learn more. Current as of November, 2014. This information is subject to change; therefore, check with an agency that places from this country for the most current information.
- Applicants must be in good physical and mental health. Applicants who have experienced depression or have a BMI over 30 may have difficulties.
- Adoptions are finalized before parents travel to the country to pick up the child.
- Perspective parents can expect to receive photos, in-depth medical and developmental information, birth family history and regular updates. Some agencies and orphanages allow parents to speak to their children via Skype after the referral is accepted and the parents are waiting to travel.
- Although it happens infrequently, a birth mother has the right to change her mind up to the court hearing. After the court hearing where she relinquishes her parental rights, she has 10 days to change her mind. Adoptive parents do not travel until after this time period. If a birth mother changes her mind, adoptive parents usually are given another referral in a timely manner.
- It may be possible to meet birth mother and for child to search for and meet his birthparents.
- As of July 2014, the Universal Accreditation Act requires all American adoption agencies, whether they work with Hague countries or not, need to be accredited under the same standards that apply to Hague Convention adoption cases. This has the potential to effect adoptions from Taiwan, including kinship and independent adoptions. Listen to this Creating a Family show for more information on how the Universal Accreditation Act will effect international adoptions.
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