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, there must be no more than a 50 year age difference between the youngest parent and the adopted child. For single applicants, there must be no more than a 45 year age difference between the adoptive parent and the 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. Singles must show a positive net worth of $100,000.
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.

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 spouse has one or two divorces, the current marriage needs to be a minimum of 5 years.

Religious Requirements

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

*Please note, if your family falls outside of these parameters and you are interested in adopting from China please contact our Waiting Child Team to see if we can find a way to work with your family.


  • 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

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