China Adoption Eligibility

If you have any questions regarding eligibility for a China adoption, we would be happy to help you complete a free China adoption eligibility check prior to formally applying with GWCA. Please contact us at 512-323-9595 or contact us here to discuss China Adoption Eligibility in more detail.

Citizenship Requirements

  • At least one of the adoptive parents must be a US citizen.

Age Requirement for Parents

  • Married couples/singles must be at least 30 years old to be eligible to adopt a Waiting Child from China.
  • For married couples and for single applicants there must be no more than a 50 year age difference between the youngest parent and the adopted child.

Education Requirements

  • Each potential adoptive parent must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Financial Requirements

  • Couples must show a positive net worth (assets vs. liabilities) of at least $80,000.
  • A single parent must show a positive net worth of $100,000.
  • A single parent with no children in the home must have an income of $30,000. For each child in the home, the single parent will need to have an additional $10,000 of income (ex. a single mom with one child already in the home will need to make at least $40,000/year)
  • Adoptive families must have an annual income of at least $10,000/person in the household, including the adopted child. For example, a married couple with two children living in the home must earn at least $50,000.


  • Adoptive families can have no more than five children in their home, not including the child being adopted.
  • Adoptive families cannot submit their dossier until all children in their home are at least 3 years old.
  • Families can adopt one child at a time.
  • A single parent cannot have more than 2 children in the home (not including the child to be adopted)

Health History

Families may not be eligible to adopt if any of the following apply:

  • Current diagnosis of major depression/anxiety; consult GWCA for more information.
  • Diagnosed with alcoholism within the last 10 years or any history of illegal drug/narcotic use or abuse.
  • Major organ transplant/surgery within 10 years
  • Diagnosis of cancer; consult GWCA for more information.
  • BMI greater than 40
  • If one spouse is completely healthy and the other’s medical condition does not inhibit their ability to parent a family, the family may be eligible to adopt a waiting child. Please consult GWCA for more information.

Criminal History

Families may not be eligible to adopt if any of the following apply:

  • Current warrants or currently on probation
  • Any use of/arrests for illegal drugs; any felony arrests
  • DUI or DWI charges within the last 5 years, regardless of outcome
  • Any arrest for a violent crime (examples: assault, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect)

Marriage Requirements

Couples must be married at least 2 years at the time their dossier is submitted to China (1st marriage).
If either or both spouses have one divorce, they must be married at least 2 years. If either or both spouses have two divorces, they must be married at least 5 years.

Religious Requirements

Families with religious beliefs prohibiting any kind of medical treatment will not be eligible to adopt.

**If you are not sure you are eligible or have additional questions regarding your eligibility, please contact one of our specialists! They are more than happy to talk your eligibility through with you in detail.


  • Yanrei Yang 7:24 pm - July 30, 2015

    My husband and I are interested in adopting a kid from China. Please send us information for the procedure and fees. Thanks!

    • Heidi Rogers 2:02 pm - August 7, 2015

      Yanrei, thank you for inquiring about our Waiting Child Adoption program! We will have one of our China Matching Specialists reach out to you shortly. Have a great day!

  • Shannon 5:54 pm - August 14, 2015

    I find it hard to believe that an organization can prohibit a couple whose medical history includes that of cancer, especially when the PEDIATRIC cancer in question caused the infertility that is prompting them to seek out adoption. There should at least be a remission date range qualification. You are limiting your selections too narrowly.

    • Heidi Rogers 12:23 pm - August 17, 2015

      Dear Shannon,

      Thank you for inquiring about our China Adoption program! I do understand your frustration with some of the eligibility requirements for adoption from China. However, the eligibility requirements to adopt from China are not our agency’s, they’re actually China’s requirements that they’ve put forth for families who want to adopt from their country. Our agency and all other U.S. Adoption Agencies have to follow the requirements that China has put forth. Our agency does not discriminate against anyone with a history of cancer. In fact, our agency works hard to help families who do have eligibility issues to find ways of still allowing them to adopt. We can sometimes ask China if they’ll make an exception on certain eligibility requirements for certain families, depending on what the eligibility issue is and other factors. We have had many families where one parent has a history of cancer, and the other parent does not, go on to adopt a child from China.

      If you are still interested in adopting a child from China, we would be more than happy to work with your family and see if an exception can be made for your eligibility concern. If you’d like more information on how to adopt from China, please feel free to call our China Matching Team at #512.323.9595 ext. 3033. Thank you and have a great day!


      GWCA Staff

  • Celesté 10:42 pm - November 16, 2016

    Hi there

    My husband and I are currently working in China and would like to know the process of adopting a child.

    We would appreciate it if you could contact us.

    Thank you

  • Kari 7:46 pm - January 9, 2017

    We are interested in more information about the requirements and cost for adoption

    • Ana Spotts 8:32 am - January 24, 2017

      Hi Kari,

      Thanks so much for reaching out! For more information on the eligibility and cost for our China adoption program, I would encourage you to reach out to our China matching specialists. They will be able to review your eligibility and send you a copy of both our China Adoption Information guide and our sample contracts. You can reach our China matching specialists by calling (512)323-9595 or emailing

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