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Exciting Update: China Expands Parent Eligibility!

On January 1, 2015, the China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) implemented changes to the China adoption process and relaxed eligibility requirements for hopeful adoptive parents. This is exciting news for both children in need of loving families and the families and single applicants who are hoping to adopt them!

Who is affected by China's new eligibility requirements?

  • Single applicants, couples over the age of 50 and couples with more than five children living at home are now eligible to adopt children with more minor special needs (non-special focus).
  • Families previously ineligible due to a medical condition may now be eligible on a case-by-case basis. In many cases, if one parent is completely healthy and the other parent has a health concern, the family will now be eligible to adopt a child with a more minor special need.
  • For families who have difficulty meeting China's income or net worth requirements, exceptions may now be made if they live in an area with a lower cost of living and they have above-average income for their area.

For a full list of changes, click here: FAQs New CCCWA Guidelines

As the pioneers in inter-country adoption (ICA), Holt has facilitated more successful adoptions than any other agency. We are unique. Unlike most adoption agencies, our work in China began with in-country programs and services for vulnerable children and families. We continue our commitment to China by uniting hundreds of children with adoptive families each year.

  • Leaders in ICA for nearly 60 years
  • Serving children and families in China since 1992
  • Aided the Chinese government's central adoption authority to establish a stable, ethical adoption system
  • Well respected by the China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) as the leading U.S. adoption agency
  • Developed model foster care programs for waiting children
  • Helped over 50,000 children through adoption and child welfare projects
  • More than 6,500 Chinese children placed with Holt families to date
  • Holt continues to place hundreds of children from China each year
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What Sets Holt Apart

More than 20 years ago, Holt began working with the Chinese government to develop model foster care programs providing family-like alternatives for children in institutional care. The model was founded on the philosophy of affectionate, attentive care to nurture children's growth while they await permanent families. Over the next two decades, Holt replicated its child-centered model throughout China. Through the years, Holt has served over 50,000 children and families through adoption, foster care and other child-welfare services.

Holt strives to build trust and partnership with the Chinese government and orphanage administrators to improve the lives of children. Holt International Foundation of China is one of the only organizations based in the U.S. and legally registered in China to provide in-country child welfare services as well as adoption services. More on Holt's work in China

Holt's offices in Beijing and Guangzhou continue to oversee a growing number of projects including family preservation programs; short and long-term foster care and group homes; HIV support programs; vocational programs; support for Special Baby Care Units in orphanages; nutrition programs; and financial and medical assistance. Related links ... Meet our staff in China and US, Holt's childcare projects

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Please take a moment to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Holt's China program, review the China Eligibility Guidelines, and Learn about Holt's Fees.

Questions? Click here to contact a member of the China team now.