News Brief: China Announces Changes to Its International Adoption Requirements

China has changed its requirements regarding the composition of the prospective adoptive family and the timing of applications.

China, pictured on a globe, has recently updated its international adoption requirements

The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) has announced several changes to the country’s international requirements. The changes affect the timing of applications:

  • Youngest child in the home must be 3-years-old before a family may apply to adopt.
  • Families must wait one full year after an adoption is complete before applying to adopt another child.

And the composition of the prospective adoptive family:

  • Married couples may have up to five children, under the age of 18, in the home, not including the adopted child.
  • Single females may still adopt, but may have only two children living at home, not including the adopted child.
  • Only one child may be adopted at a time (unless a sibling).

If you are in the process of adopting from China and believe you may have conflicts with any of the new regulations, contact your adoption service provider.


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