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China Adoption

China

Notice: Changes to Requirements

The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) recently announced changes to their intercountry adoption procedures.  The changes that apply to prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) in China fall into three broad categories:  1) the eligibility requirements for PAPs, 2) post-placement requirements, and 3) China’s fees for intercountry adoption. These changes are effective January 1, 2015.

  1.  Changes to the PAP eligibility requirements:a.    The CCCWA will now allow couples in which the individuals are over 50 years of age to adopt a child. The age difference between the child and the younger spouse, however, should be no more than 50 years. Single females must be no more than 45 years older than the child they wish to adopt. Additionally, single females are now permitted to adopt non-special needs children.

    b.    The CCCWA has identified additional medical conditions that would make a PAP ineligible to adopt, including being HIV-positive. For additional information on conditions that would make a PAP ineligible to adopt, please see the section, Who Can Adopt, in our Country Information Sheet for China. The CCCWA also added multiple sclerosis to the list of severe diseases that require long-term treatment and that may affect life expectancy. However, CCCWA indicated that if one of the parents is healthy, and the other parent’s medical condition is manageable with treatment, it will consider an exemption to that ineligibility. Given the complexity of these issues, the Department of State advises all PAPs to seek guidance directly from the CCCWA regarding the changes to the medical ineligibilities for PAPs. Contact information for CCCWA may be found on the last page of our Country Information Sheet for China.

    c.    The CCCWA also provided clarification on income requirements. China still requires that an adopting family’s annual income equal at least $10,000 for each family member in the household (including the child to be adopted). CCCWA indicates, however, that this requirement may be relaxed where a family’s annual income is less than $10,000 per family member, but is above the average local living standards of the jurisdiction of residence, and the PAPs can provide valid certification to that effect. The CCCWA also requires PAPs to receive pre-adoption training from their U.S. accredited adoption service provider.

    d.    Adopting couples are no longer restricted to having fewer than five children under the age of 18 living in their home.

  2. Changes to post-placement requirements:a.    For cases issued a Notice of Coming to China for Adoption after January 1, 2015, CCCWA requires PAPs to submit post placement reports six months, one year, two years, three years, four years, and five years after the adoption registration.

    b.    The first three reports must be prepared by the social workers who prepared the home study. The last three reports may be written by the families themselves.

  3. Changes to adoption fees charged by CCCWAa.    Adoption applications are now $1,110.  The fee to adopt a step-child is $800 per application.

This information will be incorporated into our Country Information regarding China. The Department of State advises PAPs and ASPs to contact the CCCWA directly regarding the potential impacts of these changes to each PAPs specific situation.  For any further information, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues by telephone at 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) or 202-501-4444 (from overseas) or by e-mail at AdoptionUSCA@state.gov.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

June 4, 2014

Invitation to follow-up Conference Call regarding the Exit Permit Suspension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Department of State invites adoptive families and prospective adoptive families to participate in a conference call Wednesday, June 11 from 10am-11:30am EST to address families’ concerns regarding the DRC exit permit suspension.
The call is being held in response to families’ requests for additional time following our May 16 call.  We will also address what we have learned to date regarding the latest developments reported in our May 27 adoption notice.  There will be brief remarks regarding developments followed by a question and answer period.

If you would like to send your questions ahead of the call, please send them to ExitPermitSuspensionDRC@state.gov.  We will try to address as many questions on the call as we’re able, but will respond to all questions via email.

Conference Call Information:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
10:00am EST – 11:30am EST
Calling from the United States: (800) 288-8967
Calling from Overseas: (612) 288-0340

Democratic Republic of the Congo Adoption News

Democratic Republic of the Congo

May 13, 2014

Invitation to Adoptive Families and Adoption Service Providers to Participate in Conference Calls Regarding Adoptions from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On May 4, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Democratic Republic of the Congo President, Joseph Kabila, in Kinshasa.  Secretary Kerry raised the ongoing suspension on exit permit issuances for Congolese adopted children during the meeting, urging President Kabila to move as rapidly as possible in the review of the intercountry adoption process and also to lift the new suspension on exit permit issuances for Congolese adopted children.  In light of this development, and the recent news highlighted in the Department of State’s April 28 Adoption Notice, the Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host three conference calls.  The invitation for a call with Congressional staffers will be sent out separately.

Invitation to adoptive families:  Adoptive families who are waiting for the suspension on exit permits to lift and prospective adoptive families seeking to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo are invited to participate in a conference call on May 16 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Eastern).  Please see the USCIS invitation for call-in details.

Invitation to adoption service providers and stakeholders:  Adoption service providers operating adoption programs in or supporting prospective adoptive families seeking to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo are invited to participate in a conference call on May 16 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Eastern).  We will have limited lines available.

Call line: 1-888-363-4749
Passcode: 6276702 #

Please direct questions related to this notice, or a specific adoption from the DRC, to the Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues at 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or 202-501-4444 from outside the United States.  Email inquiries may be directed to AskCI@state.gov.