Waiting Child

The process to adopt a Waiting Child through Great Wall China Adoption starts here! Great Wall China Adoption’s Waiting Child Program offers families the opportunity to adopt a child with special needs. Often, these children are the most vulnerable and need your love, support, and healing. The CCCWA has recognized Great Wall China Adoption with the #1 rating among agencies in the US for placing Special Focus children in the Waiting Child program.

We are so excited for you to begin your adoption journey with Great Wall.  There are over 2,000 children currently available for adoption through the Waiting Child Program from China. It is our goal to advocate for these children and find homes for as many of them as possible.

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Finding Your Forever Child

Great Wall China Adoption has access to at least 10 different lists in order to help match you with your waiting angel. For more information about these lists and how your family can be matched quickly with Great Wall, be sure to review our free China Information Guide!

GWCA Orphanage Partnerships

Great Wall has been honored to participate in several special projects upon the invitation of the CCCWA. Through our Orphanage Partnerships, Great Wall provides support and assistance to an orphanage in China. Great Wall is privileged to help orphanages become more involved in international adoption by assisting them with the necessary resources to refer their children to the CCCWA.

Great Wall is currently working exclusively with eight orphanages to help find forever families for their Waiting Children. Staff from Great Wall has been able to visit these orphanages and meet the caregivers, foster parents, and directors personally. We have also been able to meet and personally interview over 300 children from these orphanages. This information has been invaluable for our families and has helped in preparing to bring their children home.

**When learning more about Waiting Child and finding your forever child, ask about the LID track and the Special Focus track!     

Available Waiting Children

    • Boys and girls between 6 months – 13 years old
    • May have any level of diagnosed physical, medical, or developmental conditions
    • May be between 8 – 13 years old with no diagnosed special need


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

Citizenship Requirements
One adoptive parent must be a US citizen.
Age Requirements for Parents
Married couples/singles must be at least 30 years old to be eligible to adopt a Waiting Child from China. There must be no more than a 45 year age difference between the youngest 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 should have a net worth of $100,000.
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 are not eligible to adopt if any of the following apply:
Current diagnosis of depression/anxiety; currently on medication for depression/anxiety; if previously diagnosed with depression/anxiety, you must be off medication for at least 2 years.
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
Any previous history/diagnosis of cancer
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 may be eligible to adopt a waiting child.
Criminal History
Families are not 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 two years at the time their dossier is submitted to China (first marriage).
If either spouse has one or two divorces, the current marriage needs to be a minimum of five years; couples with three or more divorces are not eligible.
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.