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Yes, China is going to begin enforcing some new regulations. I have copied below the actual statement issued by the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs). Please note that some of these are not new requirements and almost all countries that offer international adoptions have age, income, parental health (yes, including weight), criminal background, etc requirements. Having said that though, I am sad for those families who have adopted previously from China that want to adopt again and will not be able to due to the new regs.
Here is the official statement:
At present, the number of adoption application documents that the
China Centre of Adoption Affairs (hereafter referred to as CCAA)
receives is increasing very fast. However, the limited number of
Chinese children available for inter-country adoption is far from
being able to meet the demand of families from overseas. The CCAA
maintains, in accordance with the principle of protecting the best
interests of children in the Convention on Protection of Children and
Co-Operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (hereafter referred
to as Hague Adoption Convention), that adopters in the following
conditions answer better to the spirit of Hague Adoption Convention
and the provisions of adoption law in both China and your country,
and are able to offer the Chinese children adopted the best possible
environment to grow in. It is our hope that you read this letter
attentively, screen the families and give priority to those in the
following conditions, and submit the adoption application
documents for them:
The CCAA first accepts and reviews adoption applications of foreign
adopters who are qualified with the following conditions from the day
of 1st May 2007, and then makes placement of adoptees with them.
Adoption applications of the other adopters who are not qualified
will be put into considerations after all the cases of the qualified
have already been dealt with.
I. The adopters are a couple of one male and one female with a stable
marital relationship. In case that both the husband and the wife do
not have any ex-marriage, the length of marriage has to reach two
years. In the case either the husband or wife has ex-marriages (not
more than 2), the length of the current marriage has to reach 5 years.
II. Both the husband and wife have reached the age of 30 and are
under 50. For adoption of special needs child, both of them should
have reached the age of 30 and are under 55.
III. Both the husband and wife are fully healthy physically and
mentally, and do not have the following conditions:
2. Mental handicap;
3. Infectious disease within infective stage;
4. Binocular blind or binocular parallax or monocular blind and with
no ocular prosthesis;
5. Binaural hearing loss or language function loss; adoption of
special needs children who have identical conditions will be exempt
from this limitation;
6. Afunction or dysfunction of limbs or trunk caused by impairment,
incompleteness, numbness or deformation; severe facial deformation;
7. Severe diseases which require long term treatment and which affect
life expectancy, like malignant tumor, lupus erythematosus,
nephrosis, epilepsy, and ect.;
8. Post-surgery of major organs transplantation, not yet 10 years;
10. Medication for severe mental disorders, like depression, mania,
or anxiety neurosis and etc. stopped not more than 2 years;
11. BMI > or = 40.
IV. Either the husband or wife holds a stable occupation. The family
annual income reaches $10,000 for each family member including the
prospective adoptee and the family net assets value should reach
$80,000. The family annual income does not include welfare income,
like relief fund, pension, unemployment insurance, or government
subsidy, and etc.
V. Both the husband and wife have received education of or above the
level of senior high school, or vocational skills training of the
VI. The number of children in family under the age of 18 years does
not reach 5, and the youngest one should have reached the age of 1
year. Adoption of special needs children will be exempt from the
limitation of ?gthe number of children in family under the age of 18
years does not reach 5??.
VII. Both the husband and wife have never come under any criminal
sanction. And they behave honorably with good moral characters and
abide by regulations and laws. Both of them do not accord with the
1. Have a history of domestic violence, sex abuse, abandonment or
abuse of children (even if they are not consequently arrested or
2. Have a history of taking narcotics like opium, morphine,
marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and etc. and medication
for mental diseases, with are able to arouse addiction among human
3. Have a history of alcohol abuse and have given up drinking not
more than 10 years ago.
Adoption application will be given consideration on a case by case
basis when either the husband or wife has less than 3 criminal
records of slight severity with no severe outcomes, and the time for
correction of wrong has reached 10 years, or has less than 5 records
of traffic law violation with no severe outcomes.
VIII. The adopters are able to have a correct cognition of adoption,
and expect to provide a warm family for the orphaned children (or
children with handicap and disability) via adoption and to meet the
needs of the children adopted for the sake of a good development of
them. They have a correct cognition of inter-country adoption as
well, and are fully mentally-prepared for the potential risks within
inter-country adoption and for the situations of children adopted as
potential diseases, developmental delays, post-placement
maladjustment, and etc.
IX. The adopters make in the adoption application letter clear
promise of being able to accept post-placement follow-ups and offer
post-placement reports as required.
X. The fixed number of year or age that appears in this letter shall
be dated from the day when the adoption application documents are
logged in at the CCAA.
The CCAA expects sincerely to cooperate with you and to provide
better services for the adopters and children adopted and to help the
Chinese children adopted develop in a family full of happiness, love
and understanding. Thank you very much for your understanding and
The CCAA is responsible for the interpretation of this letter.
Agencies should direct any specific questions to China Centre of
It's kind of two fold I guess in my mind. One it's sad that it is so hard to adopt a child from china, but it is also China's way of putting in regulations that in their opinion will give their children the best opportuntiy once adopted. Some of the rules could be cultural where as some are to make sure that the enviorment will allow a child to grow. It's hard to knock rules when they are in place to care for kids. Imagine without rules anyone could adopt and though it is about the wanting and heart of adoptive parents there are alot of things to take into consideration when adopting as well. JMO