How to adopt a baby from china

China Adoption is one of the most stable and established international adoption programs available. China provides adoption services through the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). At this time, adoptions from CCCWA are waiting children with special needs. If you not considering a waiting child or special needs child, consider adopting from Korea or Thailand. CCCWA gives children with special needs priority, so the process is expedited to ensure these children quickly find a loving family. Some of the major advantages of adopting from China are:

  • Medical histories provided and updates can be requested
  • Multiple ways to adopt from China
  • You control which child is to be matched
  • Short travel time, in most cases around 2 weeks
  • Affordable and predictable costs

How long does it take to adopt a child from China?

China Waiting Child Program: The process for a Waiting Child from China is currently taking 12-18 months from application to placement. The wait for a referral after the home study is completed is currently taking an average of 0-6 months.

China Non-Special Needs Program: Though New Beginnings continues to accept families into the regular China program (for healthy children), this process is taking six years or longer. We do not encourage application through the non-Special Needs China program for this reason.

Consider Waiting Children

How to adopt a baby from china

For many people, a waiting child adoption is a wonderful way to add a member to their family. A waiting child is a child who is legally free for adoption but does not yet have a permanency plan. To be open to a waiting child does not mean that you must be open to all conditions, only some conditions. For New Beginnings’ waiting children program, we would only present the child’s information with the condition or types of conditions the family has indicated they are open to. If the family intends on proceeding, New Beginnings would take the steps to secure the referral. If the match is declined, another will be made for consideration when available.

Because China is primarily special a needs program, the children referred qualify due to their age or their varying degrees of medical conditions. Due to the high cost of medical expenses and fear of discrimination, special needs children in China may be abandoned by their birth parents. The children available vary from around 9 months to 13 years old. Waiting children can have medical conditions ranging from minor to severe. Conditions include but are not limited to spina bifida, missing limbs, congenital heart defects, cleft lip and palate, hearing and vision issues, Down Syndrome, and developmental delays. Families should research each condition they are considering and discuss with their social worker the potential impact it could have on their family.

CCCWA will release waiting children’s information to New Beginnings in two different ways. First, CCCWA provides New Beginnings with a designated list of children that are only assigned to New Beginnings families. We will work hard to locate adoptive families who are willing and ready to adopt these children through the Special Focus Adoption program. In all cases, families should get information such as pictures, background and history, developmental information, basic physical exam, and detailed information on the child’s medical condition or special needs. If the information is not current, New Beginnings can request updated photos, videos, medical reports, and testing results. The second was CCCWA releases information is through a shared list. This list is open for all agencies to see. If a child matches a family’s profile, the agency is able to lock the file for that family if the child is still available on the list. We monitor the shared list daily and have good success finding the right match.

Will I be required to travel to China?

Foreign travel is required. The trips are well organized and go smoothly. Since you are placed with the child very early in the trip, your primary focus needs to be on parenting the child, not the itinerary. Our representative in China will greet you at the airport and guide you through every step of the adoption process. If requested, we do schedule sightseeing and shopping for your pleasure and experience. Itineraries are very reliable, and glitches rarely happen. If one does, our staff will resolve it and have you back on the schedule. You will be in and out of China in two weeks.

Who is eligible to adopt from China?


CCCWA has varying requirements for married couples and single females. All applicants are required to be heterosexual, and single females are limited to only the Special Focus Adoption program. Single females can adopt one child at a time and must wait 1 year before starting a second adoption.

Married Couples*

  • Must be married for at least two years if neither applicant has been divorced (limit of two previous marriages). If previously married, the length of the current marriage has to be at least five years.
  • Applicants should be between 30 and 55 years old.
  • Applicants should have a High School or equivalent education level.
  • Combined income should total at least $10,000 for each family member, including the adopted child.
  • A net worth of at least $80,000.
  • No more than five children in the home under the age of 18 years old, the youngest being at least three years old.
  • Applicants should have no history of criminal activity or drug use.
  • Applicants should be physically and mentally healthy (no antidepressants for past two years).
  • The couple should have good medical insurance that will cover the adopted child’s medical needs.

Single Females (Special Focus Adoption Only)*

    • If in a stable relationship and living with a male partner, you must meet the requirements of a married couple.
    • Applicants should be between 30 and 50 years old. If over 50, the difference between the child and the adoptive parent cannot exceed 45 years.
    • If previously married, the applicant must provide a certificate of marital status (divorce decree).
    • Applicant must submit a letter explaining her decision to remain single and describe her attitude toward marriage. This must include her plan to involve men as role models for an adopted child.
    • Applicant’s income should total at least $20,000 plus $10,000 for each family member, including the adopted child.
    • A net worth of at least $100,000.
    • Applicant should be physically and mentally healthy (no antidepressants for past two years).
    • The applicant should have good medical insurance that will cover the adopted child’s medical needs.
    • No more than two children in the home, the youngest must be at least six years.

    *If you do not meet all the listed requirements please do not discount adopting from China. We are happy to request a waiver for certain requirements that you do not meet on the lists above. Please contact us so we can explore your options on an individual basis.

    How Much Does it Cost to Adopt from China?

    For a breakdown of adoption expenses, view our China Adoption Expenses Disclosure.

    If you are serious about adopting from China, here are some things that you really must understand first.

    How to adopt a baby from china

    In nearly every adoptive parent’s story, there are moments when idealistic dreams run smack dab into reality. These are not pleasant moments, and I can clearly remember a few of my own as I moved from dreaming about adoption to actually understanding the realities of adoption. I’m afraid that what I have to say may prove to be one of those moments for a few of you.

    If you are serious about adopting a baby from China, here are 6 things that you really must understand first.

    1. There are no babies.

    Well, of course there are babies in China, there are just no babies available for international adoption. The world has changed a lot in the past twenty or so years, and while at one point it was common for parents to quickly bring home a very young girl, that is no longer that case. The children who are coming home now are older and have special needs of one sort or another. Younger children who are young and healthy are being adopted domestically, and it is not necessary to have them adopted overseas. This is a good thing.

    If you want to see that written out in numbers, here are the most recent statistics about the shared list. (The “shared list” is the master list of children who are eligible for adoption and have their paperwork completed. They are just waiting to be matched with a family.) Currently there are 917 girls and 2321 boys waiting. If these numbers are broken down by ages, it becomes even more interesting. Of the 3-year-olds waiting, there are 74 girls and 185 boys. Of the 2-year-olds waiting, there are 17 girls and 78 boys. Of the 1-year-olds waiting, there are 2 girls and 17 boys. And those babies everyone keeps wanting? There is exactly one boy on the shared list under the age of 1.

    2. Adoption will change your life.

    It doesn’t matter if this will be your first child or your fifth, if this is your first adoption, your life will change. (Actually, I would add that each child added to your family forever changes it, but that’s not what the article is about.) If you cannot imagine having your life turned upside down and inside out, then perhaps adoption isn’t for you, because that is what will happen. You will never be able to have your old life again, because it will be different. You may grieve the loss of your old life; this is completely natural, but it is good to have the realistic expectation up front that this will happen.

    3. There are no guarantees.

    When you are far enough along in the process to be considering a child, you will be shown a file of that child’s history, at least what is known of it. Sometimes these files are pretty darn accurate. Sometimes these files are about as far from accurate as you can get. And there is also the whole spectrum in between. The trouble is, until you actually meet the child, you will have no way of knowing exactly how accurate the file is. If you commit to a child, you need to know that you are committing to the worst case scenario. (Once again, I would add that this is true for biological children as well. There are no guarantees in life, and a healthy child one day does not mean a healthy child always.)

    4. There are no “healthy child” adoptions.

    The majority of children coming home from China have special needs. These can range from minor to extremely significant. It is best to start researching medical conditions early in the process to familiarize yourself with what these conditions entail and what day-to-day life looks like. The other thing to remember is that all children who are adopted have been affected by trauma to some degree. The degree of trauma an individual has experienced and the effect it will have upon that individual can vary. A child severely affected by trauma can have significant behavioral issues that traditional parenting methods won’t help. A parent needs to be willing to be flexible enough to change their parenting in order to help their child heal.

    5. It’s not quick.

    Plan on a year or more to bring home a child. If you are open to either sex as well as a variety of needs you will be matched faster than if you have very narrow parameters to what is acceptable. The US side of things also can take months as you work on a home study and then immigration paperwork.

    6. You are adopting a country as well.

    Your child’s birthplace needs to be one that you can appreciate and find beauty in. It will always be a part of your child, and changing their citizenship will not change that. If you are not comfortable with others who share your child’s ethnicity, think carefully about transracial adoption. If you cannot say positive things about your child’s birth country, ask yourself if you should adopt one of its children. If you are unwilling to make yourself uncomfortable while learning another culture, perhaps international adoption is not for you. Take the time to learn about your child’s culture, study its history, appreciate its food, and become a close ally.

    Adoption is a wonderful and joyful way to build a family, but along with the joy, there is always the pain of loss. And in the midst of this ever-present tension, we need to be mindful that there is a child behind it all. A real living, breathing child who doesn’t get much say in his or her own future. We need to not lose sight of this as we imagine our perfect adoption fantasy. Of course it is okay to be excited by the prospect of adding a child to your family. I would worry about the family that wasn’t excited and was adopting solely out of a sense of obligation or duty. But we also must not let that personal excitement cloud our ability to see things from both sides, and to understand what it is exactly that we are asking a child to do . . . change cultures, families, languages, and often names. We must also put aside our own expectations for what our new child will look and act like, and instead be patient and wait to discover who they already are. It is not easy, but it is also worth it, to learn to love and appreciate this unique person that you are so thankful to be able to call your own.

    Elizabeth Curry

    Elizabeth Curry is mother to 12 children, five of whom were adopted: two from Vietnam and three from China. She hopes that by sharing the experiences of her family she can encourage others in the trenches. When she is not taking care of children, Elizabeth writes, home schools, sews, teaches piano, and loves reading. You can follow along with her loud and crazy life at her blog, Ordinary Time.

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    The China Program

    China is a Hague country. We are actively seeking families for our China program that are open to children with needs, ranging from moderate to lifelong. Families open to minor/correctable needs will experience a longer wait. There are more boys in need of families than girls—as such, we have limited capacity to accept families only open to adopting a girl. Please check with us about how limited openness to gender may extend the length of your adoption process.

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    Children in China

    Children are generally between the ages 1-15 years at the time of referral and are approved for intercountry adoption through age 17 by China’s central authority, the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). We see children who have moderate to lifelong needs. We also see children with more than one medical condition — often the combination includes a minor/correctable need along with a more moderate or lifelong condition. Overall we advocate for more boys than girls, and especially need families for children over the age of 4.

    The Care in China

    Children in China are cared for in government-run orphanages and, in some cases, foster care established through an orphanage. Children receive basic medical care, adequate nutrition and education. As numerous studies have demonstrated, institutional care is not conducive to optimal development, therefore children may experience orphanage-related delays.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Like most international adoption programs, China has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. All applicants must be at least 30 years old. For heterosexual married couples, there can be no more than 50 years’ difference between the youngest parent and the child; similarly, there can be no more than 50 years’ difference between a single female applicant and child. Applicants cannot have serious physical or mental health concerns. Full requirements for singles and married couples can be found here, we encourage all interested applicants to contact us to discuss individual circumstances and eligibility.

    How to adopt a baby from chinaThe Process

    The first step is to apply and begin the home study process. If you live in MN, Western WI, MD or VA, we can complete your home study. If you live elsewhere, you will need to find an agency licensed in your state to complete your home study and we will serve as the primary provider/placing agency. Then, we will guide you to apply for USCIS approval and compile a dossier that we send to CCCWA. Our experienced staff will identify a child for whom you may be an appropriate match through our access to CCCWA’s online system, after a dossier login date has been assigned. Wait times vary depending on openness. Families open to moderate or lifelong conditions will experience a shorter wait time to be matched with a child, and are likely to review a referral within three to nine months of their official dossier login date. Families whose openness is limited to only minor/correctable identified needs can expect wait times between 12-24 months from dossier login date. At least one parent must travel to China. There is one trip of approximately two weeks required. Travel occurs approximately 4-6 months after referral acceptance.

    Cost Estimate for Families in MD, MN, VA & WI

    View cost estimate for adopting from China and using our home study services.

    Cost Estimate for Families Outside of MD, MN, VA & WI

    View cost estimate for adopting from China if you will be using a home study agency other than Children’s Home.

    In accordance with the “Adoption Law of the People’s Republic of China “, foreigners may adopt children in China . Applicants for child adoption have to be:

    B. Capable of rearing and providing education to the adopted child;

    C. Thirty years old or above;

    D. Where an adoptive parent has a spouse, they should adopt a child together. In the case of a spouseless male adopting a baby girl, he has to be at least 40 years older than the adopted child;

    E. An adopter could only adopt one child.

    Notwithstanding the above conditions, adopting an orphan or a handicapped child need not be subject to the restrictions A, C and E as specified above.

    To adopt a child in China , the necessary documents required are as follows:

    A. Written application for adoption (including the pledge of not maltreating and deserting the adopted child);

    B. Personal identifications (including birth and citizenship certificates);

    C. Certificate of marital status;

    D. Certificate of occupation and financial status;

    E. Health certificate;

    F. Certificate of criminal record;

    G. Document which testifies that the adoption accords with the current laws applied to adoption in Iceland .

    During the process of adoption, either party of a couple may act on behalf of the other in case of absence and subject to the power of attorney signed by the absentee.

    All the documents mentioned above should be notarized by a notary public and be legalized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and then be authenticated by this Embassy.

    A Written agreement should be reached between the adopting parents and the person putting the child up for adoption. The parties shall register in the local Chinese civil affairs department in person, complete notarial procedures at the designated notarial agency. Adoptive relations shall come into force on the day of the notarization.

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    Application Fee – $300
    The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the China program. If we notice a potential challenge on the application, we will let you know immediately and develop a coordinated plan with you, your home study preparer and our staff in China to ensure your process runs smoothly. You may begin to review children from Holt’s China program photolisting once you have applied. Our clinical support team can help you determine your suitability to adopt a child with special placement considerations, such as an older child or a child adopted out of birth order.

    Adoption Study Fee – $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage* (If Holt Provides)
    Holt will conduct your adoption homestudy if you live in a state where Holt has a branch office. The fee we charge covers the cost of preparing and completing this study, including parent training and education, and payment will be due before the first meeting. Holt will provide you with child and family-specific training as part of this fee. You will also be required to complete general adoption trainings through online courses, which will be charged separately. If you live in a state not served by a Holt branch office, your adoption study will be provided and billed by a Holt cooperating agency. The cost of a homestudy through one of Holt’s cooperating agencies will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

    Adoption Study Update Fee $300 plus mileage* (If Holt Provides)
    You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or by the child’s country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update that requires a home visit and will be due prior to our visit. If you are working with one of Holt’s cooperating agencies for homestudy services, the cost for a homestudy update can range from $250-$350.

    U.S. Processing Fee – $3,500
    This fee covers Holt’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and the country from which you’re adopting. Processing expenses for Holt include – but are not limited to – personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier and must be paid in full before we can process your dossier. You will be billed when Holt receives and approves your homestudy. (This fee is non-refundable)

    Document Processing Fee – $600
    This is an optional service available to families adopting from China. If you choose this service, Holt staff will assist in obtaining vital records needed for your dossier and have the documents certified as required by county, state, federal and foreign governments. They will also make necessary photocopies and mount photographs required for your dossier. The document processing fee does not cover fees charged by government offices to certify the documents or the cost to mail documents via Federal Express or priority mail. Families are responsible for these charges.

    How to adopt a baby from china

    How much does it cost to adopt a baby girl from China?

    The cost of adopting a child from China is approximately $15,000 to $25,000, including travel.

    Can you still adopt babies from China?

    Yes! China is one of the most stable, predictable adoption programs open to single female applicants age 30 or older. America World has a long history of assisting single women in adopting their children from China!

    How long is the wait to adopt from China?

    12-18 months
    How long does it take to adopt a child from China? China Waiting Child Program: The process for a Waiting Child from China is currently taking 12-18 months from application to placement. The wait for a referral after the home study is completed is currently taking an average of 0-6 months.

    How do you go about adopting a Chinese baby?


    1. Complete home study and then submit dossier.
    2. Wait to be matched with your child and then begin the referral process!
    3. Once the CCCWA officially approves your family–-the CCCWA will then issue a travel approval to finalize your adoption!
    4. Travel to meet your child and finalize the adoption!

    How much does adoption cost from China?

    China Adoption Fees Overview

    Procedure for Child Adoption in China
    Holt Application $300
    Document Processing Service (optional) $750 (optional)
    U.S. Processing Fee $3,500
    Program Fee* INCLUSIVE: orphanage fee (approx. $5,700) and all adoption-related expenses in China $15,000*
    Post Placement $2,400 – $2,800

    What Country Needs adoption most?

    Top 20 Countries for Adoption

    RANK 2018 2016
    1 China China
    1475 2231
    2 India Congo (DRC)
    302 359

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    Frequently Asked Questions about International Adoption

    In general, our adoption programs range in cost from approximately $8,500 to $43,745. It’s important to remember that grants are available and tax credits may help. Never let the fear of finances prevent you from following your calling to adopt—we have countless stories of how God provides for adoptive families! Full fee schedules are available for each of AGCI’s adoption programs on our webpage.

    Timelines vary from country to country and are also dependent on a family’s openness to factors such as age, special needs, and gender. Following registration of a family’s dossier, timelines can range from just a few months to several (or 5+) years.

    While there are children who are considered “healthy” and do not have a diagnosed special need, all children who are waiting to be adopted have experienced some level of trauma by the sheer fact that they are not being raised by their biological family. Our in-depth adoption training prepares families for the adoption of children who have experienced trauma or are living with a special need. We will help define “special needs,” share more information on what that looks like for a child and guide you based on what you feel is possible for your family.

    In-country travel requirements are dependent on the country program. Travel can vary between 1-2 trips and last from 5 days to 4-6 weeks.

    Eligibility varies greatly from country to country. The simplest way to learn more about our country programs is to fill out our free pre-app and talk to one of our Adoption Advisors. Our expert Adoption Advisors will help determine which adoption option is right for you.

    The ages of children available for adoption vary and range from infants to 17 years old. The greatest need currently is for families open to adopting children over the age of 2 years old.

    AGCI has adoption programs in 8 countries! We currently place children from Bulgaria, Burundi, China, Colombia, Haiti, the Philippines, South Africa, and our U.S. Ohio and Oregon programs (for Ohio and Oregon residents only) with loving forever families. We work with adoptive families in all 50 states.

    The best way to get started is to fill out our free pre-app! We’ll then be in touch with you to tell you more about the children in each country and discuss the country programs that you may be eligible for.

    All God’s Children International is a Christian adoption agency committed to finding families for children, not children for families. In addition to our adoption programs, we’re dedicated to intervening in the orphan crisis so that children and families have the support they need to thrive. You can learn more about how we serve children around the world here.

    The adoption process is not easy, but it is more than worth it. All God’s Children International is a resource to adoptive parents looking to adopt internationally or domestically. Our agency bridges the gap between adoptive families and their future children.

    You have a passion for orphans, and so do we. All God’s Children is an adoption agency that brings our experience, integrity, and compassion to help adoptive parents find their son or daughter. The process of adoption can be daunting. We can help you meet the requirements set by governing bodies and make the adoption process move as smoothly as possible.

    We serve children all over the globe. We currently serve children waiting for families in China, Haiti, Bulgaria, Burundi, the Philippines, Colombia, South Africa, and the United States. Each country has unique requirements for adoption. All God’s Children helps each family adopt from the country that they feel is right, navigating the complexities of international adoption.


    We’re passionate about finding families for children, not children for families. We believe in going above and beyond to ensure that the ethical adoption practices that we stand behind are in place and maintained in the countries and orphanages where we serve. AGCI is committed to putting each child’s well-being above all else in determining if international adoption is the best choice for each individual waiting child we serve. Adoption is about uniting a family, which is why our agency seeks to best serve both the children waiting to be adopted and the families hoping to adopt a child.


    AGCI is one of just a handful of Hague-accredited international adoption agencies. The Hague Convention has been ratified by 75 countries and was created as a way to establish protections for children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Our commitment to ethical adoption practices means we only work in countries which adhere to the Hague Convention and that have a clear process for declaring children orphans and in need of an adoptive family.

    Adopting a child from overseas can be a complex, exciting and rewarding journey. Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from overseas. This is known as an intercountry adoption.

    What You Need to Know

    When children are adopted from outside the United States, they must go through an immigration process. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines the eligibility and suitability of prospective adoptive parents (individuals) looking to adopt and the eligibility of children to immigrate to the United States.

    U.S. immigration law provides three different processes for children to immigrate to the United States based on their intercountry adoption. Children may only immigrate under one of the three processes and they must meet all of the requirements for the selected process.

    • If you are a U.S. citizen adopting children internationally, you may use either the Hague or the Orphan (non Hague) process. Under these processes, a child may immigrate immediately after the adoption or may immigrate to the U.S. to be adopted here. The adoption process that may be available will depend in part on whether a child is from country that is party to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Depending on what country you choose to adopt from will determine which process you will adopt by.
    • The third process applies to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who may petition for their adoptive children through a Family-Based Petition.

    Start Here

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website is the best place to start learning about intercountry adoption.

    Visit these webpages:

      webpage introduces the intercountry adoption process webpage describes the intercountry adoption-related immigration processes

    Additionally, visit the U.S. Department of State Intercountry Adoption website for more information about individual country requirements, alerts and information about adoption service providers.

    Get Help

    USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) has a Call Center to assist you during your adoption process.

    • Call 877-424-8374 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time
    • Email [email protected]

    Become as familiar as you can with the intercountry adoption laws, processes, resources and contacts.

    An adoption service provider will be able to help you arrange an international adoption placement, but cannot represent you before USCIS or advise you on the legal aspects of a child’s immigration. An attorney can provide legal advice or representation for adoption proceedings.

    The cost of adopting a child from China is approximately $15,000 to $25,000, including travel.

    What is the process to adopt a child from China?

    How to Adopt A Child From China. Wait to be matched with your child and then begin the referral process! Through our special focus program, you can accept the referral of a waiting child during your home study and dossier process. Travel to meet your child and finalize the adoption!

    Can birth parents take back adopted child?

    Therefore, the only way a birth parent could reclaim custody of an adopted child is by proving to a court that the decision to sign the relinquishment document was done under fraud or duress. In most cases a court will automatically deny custody to a birth parent when their parental rights have been terminated.

    Can I adopt my sister’s baby?

    Generally, yes — if you are having thoughts of not wanting your baby, placing your child for adoption with your mom, sister, another relative or a waiting adoptive family can be a great option to give your child a chance at a happy life.

    Does biological father have rights after adoption?

    Since a child cannot legally have three parents, the legal parent will have to voluntarily give up their rights. If a child is adopted by their stepfather, the biological father’s rights as a parent will be legally terminated. If he adopts the step child, he becomes a legal parent to the child in every way.

    Does birth certificate change after adoption?

    After a child is adopted, a new “amended birth certificate” will be issued. Instead of the biological parents’ names, the new birth certificate will have the names of the adoptive parents.

    How can I find my birth mother as a closed adoption?

    You can go to your state’s “. gov” website for instructions for requesting it. Then you need to check out the mutual consent adoption registries. Most states have one, but there are others as well.

    How long before adoption is final?

    Finalization of adoption usually takes place between three months and a year after the child comes home. An adoption cannot be finalized until the birth parents’ revocation period (ranging from hours to months) has expired and the family’s social worker has completed at least one post-placement visit.

    Can I undo an adoption?

    Parties who can reverse an adoption usually include the birth parents, adoptive parents and the child being adopted. In order for an adoption to be reversed, a petition must usually be filed by one of these parties and the court must be convinced of a compelling reason to reverse or annul the adoption.

    Why do shelters make it so hard to adopt?

    Given that rescue dogs come from more difficult backgrounds, they often require specific living requirements and specialist care that the average aspiring dog owner, through no fault of their own, is unable to provide, making the adoption process very hard.