I haven't adopted from China but can give some insight into developmentally delayed persons as that is my profession. DD is a very broad diagnosis. People with ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, and dyslexia come under that definition. It is not always a serious thing. Look at the specific medical terms used in the information given to you. Check with WebMD, a medical facility such as Oregon Health Sciences University, Children's Hospital in Seattle, a doctor or professional specializing in DD and/or international adoption doctors. A lot of adopted children have some developmental delay just due to institutionalization. Although, on the w/c list it will likely be more than that. If you get DQ information, look at each item across the board and compare those with the child's other diagnoses: Is s/he deaf? Has spina bifida? Do these factor into the DQ and is it reasonable that with further care the child's DD will resolve? I have a friend who has several adopted children. Her second son, on paper, looked typical and without any challenges at all. At about three years old that all changed and he has some significant issues. Her last child, on paper, looked very challenged and had some downright scary issues. Most of that resolve. Ask lots of questions and know what you can and cannot deal with. Also, prepare yourself for the worst possible scenario the child's diagnoses will present. This should help you in evaluating the child you're looking at. There are many wonderful people on the boards here who will be happy to help you as much as they are able. All the best to you!
Terry in OR
Mama to Gouri, BSSK and Jai, Asharan