China is a
signatory to the Hague Adoption Convention. Over the past years, the
waiting period from dossier to proposal for regular China Adoptions
has lengthened to an estimated 8 plus years. As a result, we are no
longer accepting applications for adoption from China unless you wish to adopt a child with special needs or are eligible to be expedited.
China's Centre of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) is increasing focus on the placement of special needs children. Sunrise is able to assist families adopting a Special Needs child without using an intermediary agency.
Special needs range from minor to severe and generally relate to physical conditions as opposed to emotional, intellectual and cognitive special needs. Families adopting a child with Special Needs from China must meet all of the criteria listed below with the exception of age. Parents up to age 55 may adopt a special needs child.
Wait time lines are significantly reduced for families pursuing Special Needs adoption from China. Most families adopt in less than a year, provided there is a suitable match found for them.
If at least one of the adopting parents is of full Chinese heritage and they, or both their parents, were born in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan you are eligible to request that your application be expedited.
Adopting parents from Sunrise usually travel to China in groups, although that is not necessary. The stay in China is approximately 2 weeks - the first in the region you are adopting from and the second in Beijing, completing the immigration process.