Do you want to adopt from China? Be sure that you understand the country’s updated adoption policies!
– Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) must be at least 30 years old, and cannot be more than fifty years older than the child they are adopting. (So PAPs who are older than fifty may adopt younger children, teens, and tweens, but probably not infants.)
– China will not allow married OR single LGBTQ women to adopt, nor will they allow single men to adopt at all. Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt, although married couples must have no more than two divorces and have been married for at least five years if previously divorced. If neither PAP has been divorced then they must be married for two years prior to adopting.
– PAPs must be healthy, including having a BMI less than 40. Some health conditions with minor symptoms (like treatable depression) allowed if a doctor submits a waiver testifying that the condition does not hinder the day-to-day parenting duties of the PAP. Some conditions (severe facial deformation, schizophrenia, blindness, or either partner possessing a communicable disease such as HIV/AIDS, for example) have no option for a waiver and will not be allowed in PAPs looking to adopt in China.
– Prospective Adoptive Parents must have completed high school or a vocational equivalent.
– Prospective Adoptive Families must have a stable income, with a per-capita of $10,000 per family members, including the prospective adoptive child. (So if you are a family of four, looking to adopt, you must make at least $50,000 a year to qualify.) Couples must have a net-worth of at least $80,000 and singles must have one of $100,000.
– PAPs must have a clean criminal record, and no history of drug abuse. If a PAP has a history of alcoholism then they must have at least ten years of sobriety before adopting.
– No more than five children may live in the home of the prospective adoptive couple; singles may have no more than two in the home. In addition, the youngest child must be three years old before adopting.
– Unless adopting a sibling group or twins, only one child may be adopted at a time from China, and there is a mandatory one-year waiting period between adoptions.