|China's Waiting Children
Every child deserves a loving family. But some children wait longer than others. Holt makes a special effort to find homes for these children, and gives families two relatively simple ways to be matched with a "waiting child" – through the online photolisting, where you can search for and connect with a specific child, or by entrusting Holt to identify a match for you. When you entrust Holt's China team to identify your match, you open your options to many more children than are posted on the Holt Waiting Child photolisting – including Child of Promise and Special Focus children.
Who are China's Waiting Children?
• Boys and Girls, primarily 2-12 years old
• Most have multiple or involved physical or developmental needs
• Some are older and have minor medical conditions
• Many are identified by Holt staff through China's Special Focus program, designed for particularly hard-to-place children or children who've spent more than 2 months on China's "shared list" – a list shared by different agencies – and are now temporarily designated to Holt for homefinding
• The Special Focus children listed as "Journey of Hope" were personally assessed by Holt staff
• All have waited – or will likely wait – longer than other children for a family
How are China's Waiting Children different from Child of Promise children?Most of China's waiting children are older than age 2 at time of referral. Their medical needs are also generally more involved than children in the Child of Promise option.
How does Holt find families for Special Focus children?
Holt identifies Special Focus children from China's "shared list" – a list of children issued by the Chinese government and shared by different agencies. Holt's staff has considerable experience and skill using this list to match children and families. After collaborating with you and your social worker to determine the profile of child best suited for your family, we closely monitor the shared list for potential referrals. After carefully reviewing every child file, we then contact you about a possible match. This process helps ensure that your family is well prepared and comfortable caring for the child you're matched with.
Agencies often post Special Focus children from the shared list on their websites. We advise against relying solely on the information posted to pursue a match, as it can be extremely limited, and the child's needs are often much more involved than their description suggests. Holt also posts some Special Focus children on our Waiting Child photolisting, but only those who need extra help finding families. Many more Special Focus children are available than those we feature online. Often quickly matched, these children never make it to the photolisting. Contact the China program to learn more.
Am I eligible?
If you're eligible for the China program, you're eligible to adopt a waiting child from China. If you and/or your spouse are between 50 and 55 at the time of dossier submission to China, the Waiting Child program is also open to you.
To adopt a waiting child from China, single female applicants should meet eligibility guidelines for the China program, as well as the following criteria:
• Fall between 30 and 50 years old at time of dossier submission to China. If over 50, there can be no more than 45 years between child and applicant.
• Provide a written statement that the applicant is not homosexual. Divorced or widowed applicants should provide divorce or death certificates accordingly.
• Household income should be at least $10,000/year per family member, including the prospective adopted child, and net worth must be at least $100,000.
• No more than two children currently living in the applicant's home. All children at home must be at least 6 years old.
• Prefer for applicant to be experienced in caring for children, particularly children with special needs.
* Additional requirements for single applicants living with a male partner
How do I apply?
Once ready to begin the process, complete Holt's adoption application (including payment of fee), designating China as your country of choice. The full application gets you started on the country-specific paperwork, preparing you to receive a suitable child referral as quickly as possible. When you choose this application, you may be considered for both waiting children and other children from China.
If you're interested in waiting children from multiple countries – or only interested in a particular waiting child on the Holt photolisting – apply directly to the Waiting Child program.
Next, complete a medical conditions checklist and return it directly to Holt's China program staff. Throughout the process, we will work closely with you and your social worker to propose a suitable match – a match that best meets the child's needs and best complements your family's strengths. Holt never pressures you to consider conditions you are uncomfortable with, or unprepared to manage.
Returning Families: Reuse Your Dossier to Adopt a Special Focus Child
Has it been less than a year since you completed your adoption in China? Have you been home with your child at least 6 months? Are you interested in adopting again? If your answers are yes, yes and yes, selecting the Special Focus track could save you the hassle of creating a new dossier.*
We look forward to assisting you on your adoption journey.
Join one of our webinars to learn more about the children waiting to be adopted.
Or contact Holt's adoption counselor for more information.
* If you are matched with – and accept – your Special Focus child referral within a year after your first adoption, you may reuse your original dossier at a reduced fee. However, the China program can't guarantee a match within the one-year time allotted by the Chinese government. Families who apply should prepare to continue the adoption process by completing a new dossier.