China Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from China? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.

Adopting healthy children from China has become more difficult in recent years because of increased parental restrictions on marital status, health, education, and income. As a result, many more families in the U.S. have been adopting older children, sibling groups, or children with medical conditions (often correctable) through China’s Waiting Child Program. These adoptions are often processed at a much faster rate.

China is party to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, so prospective parents must work through an agency that is both Hague-accredited in the U.S. and approved by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA; formerly the China Center of Adoption Affairs). The adoption application fee charged by the CCCWA is now $1,050.

For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from China, visit the China Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the China Adoptive Families group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.


Search the National Infertility & Adoption Directory for adoption agencies placing children from China.


China Adoption Fast Facts

  • 2015 Adoptions: 2,354 children
  • Hague Country: Yes
  • Profile of Children: Children up to age 13 can be adopted. 75% of children are between 1 and 4 years old. 59% of children are girls. (2014)
  • Median Total Cost: $15,825 (see China adoption cost breakdown)
  • Parents’ Ages: Parents must be between ages 30 and 50. Couples in which one parent is over 50 years old will be considered; however, the younger parent must be no more than 50 years older than the child they wish to adopt. For special needs adoption, parents can be between ages 30 and 55.
  • Family Requirements: Adoptive parents must be married at least two years, or five years if there has been a previous divorce. Parents cannot have more than two divorces between them. Both parents must have H.S. diploma or vocational training. Several specific income and health restrictions apply. Single women must not be more than 45 years older than the child they wish to adopt. Same-sex couples may not adopt.
  • Travel: At least one parent must travel to China to adopt.
  • Timeline for China Adoption: For healthy children, approximately five years from completion of dossier to referral. The wait time is considerably shorter for special-needs children.
  • Route: Adopt through a US Hague-compliant adoption agency approved by the CCCWA.

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