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China Adoptions

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.

Special Needs Adoptions

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.

China Expedited Adoption

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.

The Children of China

  • Generally live in orphanages, although foster care is becoming more common
  • Are usually girls, although many Special Needs boys are available
  • Are aged 10 months and up

The Parents

  • Must be between 30 and 50 (maximum is 55 if adopting through the special needs program)
  • Must be married a minimum of 2 years
  • If previously divorced, must be married 5 years (may not be twice-divorced)
  • Must be physically healthy, able-bodied and free of mental health issues
  • Must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 40
  • Must have a minimum family income of US$10,000 per member of the household, including the adopted child
  • Must have net assets of at least US$80,000
  • Must have a minimum high school education
  • Must have no more than 5 children in the home, including the child to be adopted
  • Must have no children under 1 year of age
  • Must be free of criminal records


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.