China – Post Adoption Reports (PAR)

Madison Adoption Associates families are required to submit a total of seven (7) reports, with the last three reports (years 3, 4, and 5) having the option of being self-reported by the adoptive parent(s).  An agency is no longer required to complete the last three reports. MAA has a self-report template families can use to complete the self-reports. Reports are required at 30-days (MAA requirement), 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, and 5 years. The 30-day report is an agency policy (pursuant to state licensing laws) to require the initial post adoption report before 6 months. Due to MAA’s placement of many older children and children with special needs, we find that this initial report has been very beneficial in helping families as they bond. By having a social worker in the home soon after the child has arrived home, MAA and the PAR agencies can assess how the entire family is adjusting, identifying issues, provide suggestions and resources, and help facilitate a smooth transition. All reports are required to include a minimum of 8 color photos with captions in hard copy as well as digital. The digital images should be emailed in jpeg format to Heather ( Please see the MAA China Post Adoption Report Checklist for the detailed requirements for each report.

All photos should be printed in high quality color (size 4 x 6 prints) and attached to letter size paper with captions describing the people and activity in each photo as well as the date and location. A minimum of 8 photos should be sent along with the corresponding report. Please include one family picture with every report. For the 6 month reports, please include a few pictures from the China adoption process, as this is the first report that is submitted to China.  The photos can be attached or printed directly onto 8.5×11 inch white paper with two photos per page. Digital images of the pictures provided in the report should be emailed in jpeg format to Heather (

An essay is required for all children age 10 or older for all reports except for the 6 week report. The child should describe his/her experience and growth in the adoptive family, and how he/she is doing in school and getting along with teachers/classmates. The essay can be written in English or Chinese.

All required parts of the Post Adoption Report should be provided to the social worker at the time of the PAR visit. This includes the photos, documents, medical check-up from doctor (if available), school records (if available), and child’s essay (if over 10 years of age). The PAR agency should mail the complete PAR packet to MAA.

Please contact Heather Iacono at MAA with any questions regarding the post adoption reports for China.