The greater news, however, is that single women are now permitted to adopt from China. Years ago, when single women could adopt, there were quotas for each agency. Now there are no restrictions as to the number of single women who can adopt. The CCCWA is now permitting single women to adopt the 2,000 or so Special Focus Children – children who have been waiting for a family for more than 60 days.
The requirements for singles are nearly the same as they are for married couples. In addition, the CCCWA knows that these children who are older or have special needs will require more attention and, therefore, requires that single women indicate the extra resources they have in place. Most of the requirements are in line with Nightlight’s conditions as well as good social work practice.
Adoptions from China to the US were at an all-time high in 2005, with nearly 8,000 children finding homes. In 2009, 3,000 children were adopted by US citizens from China. As we are all aware, back in 2005 more babies and non-special needs children were being placed for adoption.
When singles were permitted to adopt from China, about one-third of the adoptions were conducted by single women. Our experience at Nightlight has been that well-prepared singles, who have good support systems in place, have very successful adoptions.
Here are the CCCWA requirements that are unique to singles adopting from China:
- If adoptive mom is older than 55 years, she must be no more than 45 years older than the child.
- There must be no more than 2 children in home, with the youngest being at least 6 years old.
- Applicant must provide statement of heterosexuality.
- Applicant must state why single and attitude toward marriage.
- Indicate who will be male role models in the child’s life.
- Mom must have $100,000 in net assets.
- Indicate experience in caring for children (either professionally or through other situations).
- CCCWA would like to see experience with special needs.
- Tell what support systems are in place to help with the care of the child.
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If you have a completed homestudy and want to be considered for a match with one of the 2,000 children awaiting a family, please email our International Program Coordinator, Lisa Prather, at Lisa@nightlight.org.