China Single Parent Adoption Requirements

China Program Picture 3-1In order to promote special needs child adoption and guarantee the basic interests of orphaned and disabled children, CCCWA accepts adoption applications from female single applicants according to these additional requirements:

  1. Female single applicants are allowed to adopt Special Focus and non-Special Focus children listed on the Special Needs System of CCCWA.
  2. The prospective adoptive parent (PAP) should reach the age of 30, and the age difference between the PAP and the adoptee should be not more than 50 years.
  3. The PAP shall provide certification for being single with no homosexual tendency; divorced applicants shall provide the divorce certificate of the last marriage; and widowed applicants shall provide the death certificate of their former spouse.
  4. Applicant shall be healthy both physically and mentally according to the requirements by CCCWA for prospective adoptive couples. Applicants shall be law abiding with no criminal records, and have good moral quality and conduct.
  5. The annual income shall reach $10,000 per family member, including the prospective adoptee and one additional family member. The net worth value should reach $100,000. The applicant shall have good medical insurance which can cover the medical expense of the adopted child. The annual income does not include welfare income, such as relief fund, pension, disability benefits, foster care subsidy, etc.  Exemption: if an adoptive family’s income and/or net worth is lower than the requirement but is above the local average living standards (valid certification required).
  6. Applicants shall be experienced in child care or be occupied in child-related fields, such as doctor, nurse, teacher, child psychological counselor, etc. It’s best that the applicants have already had successful experience in caring for special needs children.
  7. The number of children in the applicant’s family under the age of 18 years shall be no more than 2, and the youngest one should have reached the age of 3 years old.
  8. Applicants shall be fully prepared for adopting a child with special needs. Social workers shall provide the following information fully and truly in the home study report besides family visit interviews:
    1. Adoption motivation. The decision to adopt a child with special needs shall be well-considered. Applicants shall be capable of caring for a special needs child and be responsible for the well-being of the child.
    2. The reason of being single and attitude towards marriage. Applicants shall have clear indication of willingness to appoint male figures as role models for the adopted child, and welcome male friends to join family gatherings.
    3. Applicants shall have received inter-country adoption training and training specifically for special needs child adoption so as to understand fully the physical and psychological needs of special needs children.
    4. Detailed nurturing and rehabilitation plan. Applicants shall be qualified personally and socially for caring for special needs children and have a wide social and family support network which can provide assistance any time.
    5. Other advantages for caring for special needs children.
  9. Guardians appointed by the applicants shall provide written statement as consent to act as the guardian of the adopted child.
  10. A single female applicant who has a stable relationship and lives with a male partner must meet the single requirements for adoption in addition to applicable married requirements .