Waiting Child

The process of adopting a Waiting Child through GWCA starts here! Our 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. There are over 2,000 children currently available for adoption through the Waiting Child Program from China, and it is our goal to advocate for these children to find homes for as many of them as possible.

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Finding Your Forever Child

Great Wall China Adoption has access to a minimum of 10 different lists in order to help match you with your Waiting Child. For more information about these lists and how our matching specialists will work with your family to find your child, 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 each of the 16 orphanages that we partner with. 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.

GWCA staff members have been able to visit each of the orphanages that we’re partnered with, and meet the caregivers, foster parents, and directors personally. We have also been able to meet and personally interview hundreds of 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

17 Comments

  • Sarah barton 11:22 am - July 21, 2015

    I thought the new age requirements were 50 years between parent/child with special focus children? We saw a picture of Noah with you summer hosting program and were wondering about him.

    • Heidi Rogers 5:45 pm - July 21, 2015

      Sarah, you are correct! The age difference between the youngest parent within a married couple has to be within 50 years. If you want to know more about Noah, you can go ahead and click the “Want More Information” button on his profile and someone from the hosting team will be in contact with you shortly. Thanks and have a great day!

  • Kim 9:16 am - July 24, 2015

    I am from Ireland and would be very interested in adopting one of your little angels, could you please let me know if this is possible or guide me to where I could?
    Thanks
    Kim

    • Heidi Rogers 6:30 pm - July 29, 2015

      Dear Kim, Unfortunately no U.S. adoption agency can assist anyone who is not a U.S. Citizen with the adoption process. The reason for this is because you are dealing with the immigration process of one person from one country to another, and so the agency you work with has to be in your country of origin to facilitate the adoption for immigration purposes. There are specific laws in each country that dictate who can help facilitate adoptions, and the U.S. and other countries, probably Ireland as well, have specific rules on who can do adoptions within that country. I’m sorry we can’t help you in your adoption journey. I hope you are able to find an adoption agency within Ireland that can assist you with an adoption from China.

    • Louise Quinlan 6:34 am - November 15, 2015

      Hello Kim, Im also interesting in adopting a waiting child and live in Ireland. Wondering if you managed to get any further info on it?

      • Heidi Rogers 11:37 am - November 16, 2015

        Louise, thank you so much for reaching out to us about adopting a child from China! Please note that U.S. Adoption agencies can only facilitate adoptions for U.S. Citizens, or where one parent is a U.S. Citizen and the other is a permanent resident alien (has a green card). If you are a U.S. Citizen living abroad, we can help you facilitate an adoption. However, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, we will unfortunately not be able to help your with your adoption.

        I will have one of our China Matching Team staff members reach out to you today to give you more information on our Waiting Child China Adoption Program. Thanks again for contacting us and have a great day!

    • Fenu 6:30 pm - March 31, 2016

      I see that these queries from Ireland are dated July and November so my reply might be old news by now but just in case, Ireland does have a robust and very active waiting child programme in operation with China. 15 children came home last year. While this number is tiny compared with the US it is a sign of the huge amount of work put into this programme here in Ireland and most of all a sign of real hope for the children who wait and the families who dream of bringing them home.

      • Heidi Rogers 10:29 am - April 1, 2016

        I am excited to hear that Ireland’s Waiting Child program for China is doing so well! I’m happy to hear that there are opportunities for families in Ireland to adopt from China!

  • Cheryl Barrett 11:23 am - July 26, 2015

    Why do you discriminate against parents with depression? Having already raised one child with cerebral palsy, I know that special needs children are far more likely than the general population to suffer from depression. It seems to me that a parent who is prepared to cope with that would be the emotional aspects of disability would be highly desirable.

    • Heidi Rogers 11:00 am - July 27, 2015

      Dear Cheryl,

      Thank you for inquiring about our China Adoption program! You asked an excellent question. The eligibility requirements to adopt from China are not our agencies, they’re actually China’s requirements that they’ve put forth for families who want to adopt from their country. We just have to follow the requirements that China has put forth for any U.S. Adoption Agency that is working to help families adopt from their country. Our agency does not discriminate against anyone with depression. In fact, our agency works hard to help families who do have eligibility issues to find ways of still allowing them to adopt. We can sometimes ask China if they’ll make an exception on certain eligibility requirements for certain families, depending on what the eligibility issue is and other factors. We have had many families where one parent is taking medication for anxiety or depression, and the other parent is not, go on to adopt a child from China.

      If you are still interested in adopting a child from China, we would be more than happy to work with your family and see if an exception can be made for that eligibility concern. It sounds like you might be a great candidate for adoption since you already have experience with raising a child with a special need. If you’d like more information on how to adopt from China, please feel free to call our China Matching Team at #512.323.9595 ext. 3033. Thank you and have a great day!

      Sincerely,

      GWCA Staff

  • jane fortes 7:48 pm - July 27, 2015

    Why is this discriminating against anyone outside the US??? We live in the UK ….

    • Heidi Rogers 6:29 pm - July 29, 2015

      Dear Jane, Unfortunately no U.S. adoption agency can assist anyone who is not a U.S. Citizen with the adoption process. The reason for this is because you are dealing with the immigration process of one person from one country to another, and so the agency you work with has to be in your country of origin to facilitate the adoption for immigration purposes. There are specific laws in each country that dictate who can help facilitate adoptions, and the U.S. and other countries, probably the UK as well, have specific rules on who can do adoptions within that country. I’m sorry we can’t help you in your adoption journey. I hope you are able to find an adoption agency within the UK that can assist you with an adoption from China.

  • Allie 4:48 pm - October 12, 2015

    Does GWCA only do Waiting Child adoptions?

    Thank you,
    Allie

    • Heidi Rogers 1:11 pm - October 16, 2015

      Allie, the China adoption program is a waiting child program, so all of the children available for adoption are going to have special needs of some kind. These needs can range from very minor, things that in the U.S. we would never consider “special needs,” to more moderate and even sometimes severe needs. There are also many older children who are considered healthy, but because they are older, and therefore harder to place, they are considered a waiting child.

      It is important to note that there is no longer a healthy adoption program for young children in China anymore. Neither our agency nor any other agency has a healthy program because China has chosen to close that program. People who have been logged into China with their paperwork since 2006 are still waiting for their healthy referrals and it is moving very, very slowly.

      If you are interested a younger child that is considered healthy, you will want to look into adopting from one of our CAN (Children of All Nations) programs. Countries like the Philippines, Haiti and others do have healthy younger children referrals. However, it’s important to note that in international adoption you will rarely be able to adopt a child and bring them home before they’re 2-3 years old at the youngest, but usually 3-4 years old. If you want an infant or a child under 2 years old that is healthy, you’ll want to adopt domestically in the United States and you’ll need to look for an agency that specializes in domestic adoption. If you are open to a child with a minor or moderate special need, you might be able to find a child under 2 years old in China, but you might be waiting for a little while.

      If you are interested in learning more about our China and CAN programs, please give our staff of International Adoption Specialists a call at #512-323-9595 ext. 3033. We look forward to speaking with you soon! Have a great day!

      • Jenny 10:26 am - February 14, 2016

        We had a LID in January of 2008. Due to long waiting, we adopted a Special Focus child when she was 6. She was listed as developmental delay. Once she was brought back home, she thrived tremendously. She is now 10 years old, very smart, sweet, and pretty. Due to the success of raising a special needs child, we are working in adopting another waiting child from China. There are so many lovely girls and boys form China waiting for family. Although they might be older as what you expect they are just so precious.

  • Ashley 11:39 am - January 4, 2016

    Hello, I have a question about China’s requirement for the parents to be 30yrs old. We were VERY interested in one of the waiting children but my husband is only 28. He is very mature for his age, has held the same job for 5yrs and we have been married almost 6yrs. Do you know if we can ask China if they would consider making an exception for us? I read on someone else’s comment that China may make an exception on one parent’s medical condition, so I was hoping we could be considered now instead of 2yrs later.
    Thank you, Ashley

    • Heidi Rogers 11:50 am - January 4, 2016

      Ashley, thank you so much for reaching out to us about our China Adoption program! China has several eligibility requirements for families wanting to adopt from their country. Some of these requirements are more flexible than others. Unfortunately the age requirements is very strict. It is a law in China that families cannot adopt internationally unless both parents are 30 years old. So there is unfortunately no wiggle room on this particular eligibility requirement. You can start on the paperwork process though 6-9 months before your husband turns 30 years old, and then you can get your paperwork logged into China on your husband’s 30th Birthday, and then get matched with a child anytime after that. So really, you’ll only need to wait for a year or so before you can start your China Adoption process. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at #512.323.9595 ext. 3033. Thank you and have a pleasant day!

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