CHILDREN AVAILABLE: Girls and boys, from infancy to school age, with medical issues including heart defect, cleft lip/palate, limb deformity, hepatitis B, cerebral palsy, or hearing impairment are available through the Special Needs and Special Focus programs. Some conditions may be relatively minor or have already been surgically corrected. Comprehensive medical and developmental information provided as well as photos.
LENGTH OF PROCESS: The processing of special needs adoptions is substantially expedited compared to the adoption of a healthy infant and can be completed within 10 to 12 months. Once a family has accepted a special needs referral and submits an adoption dossier to Beijing, they travel to China to bring the child home in less than 4 – 5 months.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Adoptive parents must be at least 30 and not more than 55 years of age and must be married at least 2 years (longer if previously divorced). Applicants with significant health or mental health diagnoses will be ineligible, including those substantially overweight. Single woman are eligible to adopt special needs children from China.