China Adoption




Today, all children coming home from China — through all agencies — have at least some minor special needs. Some have minor medical issues, others have more serious concerns. Some have had surgery in China and missed their opportunity to be adopted as infants. They are just as lovable now, but they are no longer babies. Now they need your love more than ever!





Age of Parents:

Parents must be between 30 and 55 years of age when their dossier goes to China.  For couples over 50, the age difference between the child to be adopted and the applicant should be no more than 50 years. The age difference between a single mother and adopted child also can be no greater than 50 years. Applications of prospective parents over 55 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Think you might be too old?   Be sure to see Adoption Options for Older Parents

Marriage Requirements:

Couples must be married at least 2 years.  If this is not the first marriage for either partner, couples must be married for 5 years.

Health Requirements:

Applicants must be healthy both physically and mentally according to the requirements by CCCWA.  Call (314) 812-1742 to discuss new CCCWA rulings on this requirement.

Moral Requirements:

Parents must have no criminal records, and have good moral quality and conduct

 Financial Requirements:

Family annual income must be at least $10,000 per household member, including the adopted child. Married couples must have a net worth of at least $80,000.

Single applicants must have a minimum net worth of $100,000. Parents must have medical insurance which can cover the medical expense of the adopted child. The number of children under the age of 18 in the SINGLE applicant’s family shall be no more than two with the youngest child in the home at least 3 years old.  For COUPLES, they can have no more than 5 children in the home under the age of 18 with the youngest also being at least 3 years old.




Upon your acceptance into the program, you will receive your Dossier Workbook and instructions regarding your home study.  Follow the guidelines provided as you assemble your dossier. You don’t have to deal with this alone – you get our team in St. Louis and, eventually, our staff in Bejing to help you with any questions or concerns. Your homestudy worker will also prove to be a great resource to you.

Your adoption specialist will guide you through the paperwork, which is called your dossier.

Upon completion of your dossier, Children’s Hope will send it to the CCCWA in Beijing for finalization.

You will travel a few months after you have been matched with a child and your dossier has been filed in China.  We will assist you in preparation and planning for all travel and our staff will meet you at the airport and make all arrangements for your adoption and travel.

You will be in China for about two weeks.   

The process to adopt a child with a medical or developmental condition, or an older child, currently stands at 12-24 months from application to placement. A family requesting a toddler-age girl with a minor condition should plan for the longer end of the range. Families who are open to a broader age range, open to a boy and/or open to a broad special needs profile will typically get through the process in 12-18 months or less. Either way, China is one of the fastest and most stable adoption programs.

China Fee Schedule – February 22, 2018


  1. Children’s Hope International Agency Fee payable to CHI:          $6,800.00
  • $400.00 application fee
  • $2,200.00 includes: agreement fee, document fee (review/counsel), adoption finance coach
  • $3,700.00 dossier fee
  • $500.00 humanitarian aid: provides surgery’s, foster care, clean water and other projects, a list of our current projects can be found at
  1. IAAME Monitoring and Oversight fee (paid to accrediting entity)           $  500.00
  • $500.00 per child (if adopting more than one child the additional IAAME fee will be collected at time of match)
  1. International Program Fee payable to CHI: $4,100.00
  • $400.00 US Consulate – child’s visa, passport picture, wire and courier fee
  • $3,700.00 Includes: Translation, liaison with government and agency authorities, social services, development fee, facilitation, adoption, travel coordination, post adoption processing.(If adopting two children this fee is double)
  1. Post-Adoption Support Fee & Bridge of Love Translation Fee payable to CHI  $1,860.00
  • $1,000 post-adoption support fee. (Mailing, processing, follow up)
  • $500 refundable post-adoption deposit
  • $360 translation fee for post-adoption reports paid to the Bridge of Love $60 per report.
  1. Orphanage Donation: $       0.00
  • A donation may be made to the orphanage once the adoption registration is finalized. (The donation is strictly voluntary, you have the right to decide on the amount and use of the donation)
  1. CCCWA Fee payable to CHI:
  • Dossier submission fee wired to CCCWA $1,550.00
  • Online processing fee wired to CCCWA $   00
    • Registration $200
    • Notary $550
    • Passport Fees $200
    • Translation fee for Adoption Certificate    $15
    • Medical Exam in Guangzhou $123 Children under 2 / Children over 2 $254
    • Service Fees: related to orphanage and official services i.e., specific to each province.      $  495.00

*These fees are approximate, varies by province and are included in the $1,600

Approximate Cost of Adoption not including travel                                 $16,610.00


  1. Travel Costs: Approximate travel costs for 2 parents for 14 days adopting an infant.
  • Airfare – US to China and return (coach fare) Payable to Travel Agency or Airline  $3,000.00 +
  • Inside China travel: based on double occupancy and infant $5,000.00 +
  • (hotels with breakfast, 2 flights in China, sightseeing, ground transportation, coordinator travel expenses, service fee and tipping for most groups).   (If adopting an older child these fees will be higher) Payable to CHI
  • Airfare for child will vary depending on the age Payable to Travel Agency or Airline                $175.00-$1,100.00 +
  • Additional travel companion fee $450.00 payable to CHI

Approximate Total Cost for 2 adults adopting one child        $24,785.00 – $25,710.00

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Why Children’s Hope?

Experienced and Respected

We have been working in China since 1982.  We carry out our work with integrity in our own foster homes, in relationship with the CCCWA orphanages, and with each child and family we serve.

Our Commitment is Enduring

We are committed to giving Homes, Health and Hope to Children in Need.  We maintain Alenah’s Home, our own foster care center in Beijing. We also sponsor 18 “Little Homes of Hope” for seriously ill children and their families. We have a large dedicated staff throughout China.

Adoption/Social Work Services

Children’s Hope works closely with families throughout adoption.   We provide adoption resources, grants for special needs children, homeland tours, citizenship answers, medical and nutrition information. All  because we know that your adoption doesn’t end when you arrive home.

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