Adopting a Baby From China

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Adopting a Baby From China
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Why Adopt a Baby From China?

The country of China has a severe overcrowding problem, and has a large number of children, especially females, who are in need of a good home. Abandonment of female children can be traced back as early as 1949 in China. Since the introduction of the one-child policy in China, the abandonment of children--and especially female children has risen drastically. In order to help this problem, many United States families and single parents have opted to adopt children from China. Because of this problem, many of the children put up for adoption in China do not have any drug or alcohol problems passed down from their parents. They are simply not kept because of the one-child law.

Preparing to Adopt

In order to adopt a baby from China, do your research thoroughly. If you do not know what you are getting into, you should not be adopting a child. First, you should choose an adoption agency that you are comfortable with in your area that deals closely with the CCAA, the China Center of Adoption Affairs. Through your adoption agency, you will be provided with studies of families who are giving up their children for adoption. Once you are sure which child you would like, you must fill out extensive adoption paperwork, including I-600A forms. You will also need to provide a large amount of attached paperwork including your tax documents, evidence of a criminal background check and copies of health documents signed by your doctor. All of this paperwork will then have to be notarised before it is state certified. Then get in touch with the Chinese Consulate in your state who will sign and review your paperwork.

Travelling to China

If you are requesting a child that has special needs, you will probably be able to adopt a child sooner. If you are requesting a non-special needs child, it will probably take up to a year for your adoption papers to go through. Once your adoption has been approved, you will have to fly to China to pick up your child. The China Center of Adoption Affairs will provide you a sealed envelope that you will take with you to China. Do not lose or forget this document, or you will not be able to bring back your child. Your child will most likely be living in the Children's Welfare Institute. When you go to pick up your child, you are required to make a large donation to the Welfare Institute. Once you have registered your child for a Chinese passport and applied for a U.S. visa for your child, the process is almost complete. As soon as your child's visa has cleared, you are free to take your child home.

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