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Children's Hope International is a full service, licensed, not-for-profit 501(C)(3) international adoption and development aid agency working in all states.

Children's Hope International is accredited by the Hague, and also accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), which is the highest level possible for an international adoption agency.

CHI has International Offices with bi-lingual staff that understand both cultures. CHI has professional outreach coordinators for each U.S. state. 

Children's Hope International has experienced, trained and caring staff giving you caring and professional services throughout the entire process of adoption.   


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hildren's Hope International is a highly respected and experienced China adoption agency with deep roots in China since 1982. First organized as Children's Hope International/China's Children, Children's Hope International is a leading adoption agency and one of the first agencies to begin China adoption. The agency is grateful for the trust that thousands of families have put in Children's Hope International and for their China Adoption.  No one is trusted more for China adoptions than Children's Hope International.

China Adoption is the sole focus of our China Teams in the U.S. and in China.  It is a strong program of Children's Hope International with a staff of more than thirty personally dedicated to China adoptions. 

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time,
place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break."
 --An ancient Chinese belief


Eligibility Requirements for Couples

Age Requirements for Parents

  • Married couples 30 to 50 years old are eligible to adopt from China and must be at least 30 years old when the dossier is registered in China.
  • Married couples 30 to 55 years old are eligible to adopt a Waiting Child from China.

Age Guidelines for Adoptive Families

  • Couples 30 to 40 may apply to adopt a child 6 to 18 months old.
  • Couples 40 to 45 may apply to adopt a child 12 to 36 months old.
  • Couples 45 to 50 may apply to adopt a child 36 months +
  • Couples 51 to 55 may apply only to adopt through the Waiting Child Program.
  • China bases eligibility on each person's age. If one spouse is under 30 or one spouse is over 55, the couple is not eligible to adopt.

Health History / Restrictions

Families are not eligible to adopt if any of the following apply:

  • Diagnosed with major depression or any other severe mental health concerns;
  • Current diagnosis of depression or anxiety or currently on medication for depression or anxiety.  Must be treatment and medication free for over 2 years.
  • History of alcoholism within the last 10 years;
  • Any major surgery or transplant within the last 10 years; contact our office with questions.
  • One or both parents use a wheelchair or mobility aid; or missing limbs.
  • No history of cancer
  • No disease in infectious stage.
  • If either parent has a severe disease which requires long-term treatment and which affects life expectancy, like malignant tumors, epilepsy. lupus, nephrosis, etc. 
  • No blindness.  No deafness unless adopting a deaf child.
  • BMI over 40. Use this calculator to determine your BMI

If you have any questions about health matters, please e-mail   


  • The family must show a positive net worth (assets vs. liabilities) of at least $80,000.00.
  • There must also be an income earning of over $10,000 per person in the household, including the adopted child.
  • Adoptive parents must demonstrate an annual minimum combined income of $30,000. This represents $10,000 per adult + $10,000 for the adopted child. An additional $10,000 income is required for each additional person in the household. For example, a married couple with two children living in the home must earn at least $50,000

Criminal History

Families are not eligible to adopt if any of the following apply:

  • Current warrants or currently on probation.
  • History of drug use or charges.
  • Any arrest for a violent crime (examples: assault)
  • History of domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment or abuse of children, even if they are not arrested or incriminated.
  • Any felonies.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis if the parent has less than three criminal records of slight severity with no serious outcomes with ten years passed or less than 5 traffic law violations with no severe outcomes.

If you have any questions about this matter, please e-mail      

Marriage Requirements

  • If the first marriage, couples must be married over 2 years.
  • If either spouse has 1-2 divorces, the current marriage needs to be a minimum of 5 years.
  • Couples where one or both spouses have 3 or more divorces are not eligible.

Education Requirement:
          Both parents must have received education at or above high school or vocational skill training.

How many children?

The CCAA limits the number of children in the household to a maximum of five.

  • Couples with less than 5 children under 18 years old living in the household may adopt from China.
  • Couples with adult children (not living in the home) may adopt from China.
  • Couples with more than 4 children in the family; but not all live at home, may adopt from China.
  • If there are more than 4 children living in the household; family may adopt only through the Waiting Children's program.  Please contact to discuss your specific situation.

Household Requirements
Adoptive children entering a family require time to adjust to their new environment and bond with their adoptive family.

  • If you have recently given birth to a child, you must wait until the child is 12 months old to submit your dossier to China.
  • If you have recently adopted a child from China, you must wait until after you have submitted the 12 month post-placement report to submit your dossier to complete another adoption from China.

Religious Requirements

  • Families with religious beliefs that prohibit any kind of medical treatment, including blood transfusions, for the child, will not be eligible to adopt. According to the CCAA this includes religions that use alternatives to blood transfusions, as this is not available in every country.

Citizenship Requirements

  • One adoptive parent must be a U.S. citizen
  • If one parent is not a U.S. citizen; the other parent (who is a U.S. citizen) must travel to China to complete the adoption.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, Children's Hope can help you to adopt from China.  

Download our International Adoption Guide       

China Adoption Program Brief

Most Chinese babies and children available for adoption are girls—about 95%. 

  • Boys are available. .

  • Referrals are taking approximately 18 months for a waiting child.  7 years for other.

  • Your journey of love to China will be approximately 2 months after receiving referral.

  • Families will make their own international flight arrangements. All in-country flights and

  • accommodations will be made by Children's Hope International in Beijing.

  • You will be met and assisted the entire time by Children's Hope International bi-lingual
    coordinators in Beijing, Guangzhou and the other cities.

  • You will have about 14 very special days there in Beijing and the other cities
    before returning home with your child.

  • The adoption is complete in Guangzhou.

China Adoption Procedure

  1. Fill out the China adoption application which can be downloaded here.

  2. Children's Hope will send you a China Adoption Guide which gives step by step procedures. Your personal consultant  will counsel you through every step in preparing your paperwork. In our forms section you will find all necessary forms and instructions for China adoption, with direct contact to all organizations involved.

  3. When your Dossier is finished, Children's Hope will send it to our staff in Beijing to be submitted to the CCAA.

  4. The CCAA will identify a child for you in regular procedures.  Waiting children will identified by working with

  5. A Referral will include pictures of your child, a medical,  and all available information.

  6. Upon your acceptance of your Referral, Children's Hope International will notify CCCWA, who will give you Travel Approval.  Travel is approx. 2 months after referral.

  1. All inside China adoption arrangements and appointments will be made for you.

  2. You will be met and assisted by CHI staff until the adoption is completed.

  3. You will return home after about 14 days in Beijing and the other Chinese cities.

China Adoption Cost

Even though our cost is among the lowest of all agencies we are committed to giving families the very best care and service.

  1. The estimated total cost of the China Adoption but not including travel is: $12,920.00 (for the year of 2008)

  2. The estimated total cost of China adoption and travel for two is: $18,520.00 (2008)

This does not include INS application fee, local home study, fees for certification and authentication from Chinese Embassy, or post-placement reports.

Fees will be payable only as services are rendered with the exception of Post Placement fees. No fees are refundable after services are rendered.

Steps 1-2-3  for China Adoption
Click here to receive free China Adoption guides. Or call us if you like and we will air mail China Adoption Guide to you.  Call toll free 888-899-2349 or send e-mail to if you have any questions about this matter, 

Children with medical needs are available. The China adoption program has a list of these special Waiting Chinese Children available for adoption on our password protected website, In order to view the children, you must have an approved application with Children's Hope International.
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So many hopeful China waiting children....

Some of China Waiting Children are babies, some are toddlers.  Many are school-aged children who have been waiting for moms and dads.  Some have minor health issues, some have more serious concerns. Many are post-operative kids who have had the surgeries they needed but missed an opportunity to find an adoptive family. Every one of these kids is special. Each one is waiting for a family to love.



Single moms and married couples can adopt these special kids in a relatively short time. Once you have applied to the program and have completed your home-study, we will work with you to find the child who is right for your family.


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