The big talk now on the China adoption circuit is CCAA’s new restrictions, which go into affect May 1, 2007. They are strict and obviously a way to cut down the parent pool, which has gotten huge and caused the wait to increase drastically. This is why our 6-8 month wait is now over 13 months with another 6-8 months to go. We’ve heard that for every paper-ready baby there are two dossiers waiting. This is why the timeline has stretched so long. The new restrictions are tough.

  • Applicants must be between 30 and 50 (maybe up to 55 for special needs).
  • Applicants must be heterosexual and married for 2 years, 5 years if either parent has previously been married. No more single applicants.
  • Applicants’ Body Mass Index (BMI) must be under 40.
  • Applicants’ net worth must be at minimum $80,000, plus $10,000 in income per year for each person living in the home. Income must come from working – not disability, insurance, or retirement.
  • Applicants must have no criminal record or history of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse (I think they mean perpetrator of these past three), or substance abuse.
  • Applicants must have no severe health concerns such as cancer, mental illness, or physical impairment, etc. This may include, infectious diseases, mental issues, blindness, hearing loss, “defects” which seem to be defined as deformity of limbs or missing limbs or paralysis, facial deformity, disease or illness that requires permanent medical treatment or that will shorten a normal life span, organ transplants within the past ten years, depression or mania or anxiety that has required medicine in the past two years
  • Applicants must have a minimum education of high school or equivalent.
  • No more than 5 children in the house including the child to be adopted. The youngest must be at least a year old. There may be exceptions for the waiting child program.

Based on these rules we would not be allowed to adopt. Luckily, our dossier was logged in last year, well in advance of the May 1, 2007 deadline. Many others are in the same position and I’m sure there are many, many couples and singles racing to meet the May deadline. There is speculation about whether these are hard and fast rules or only guidelines for CCAA to follow, but will use their judgment on a case by case basis. CCAA has not yet reported officially on this and the reports from individual agencies differ a bit. So, every one’s in a panic. We were only planning to adopt one child and our dossier has been in since October 2005, so we feel safe, but this is really tough on many families and I feel for them, knowing that if things were a little different we’d be out too.


5 Responses

  1. We also would be out with these new restrictions. We definitely know we want a second child, and it looks like China will not be the way we go next time. I feel really bad for people who are paperchasing and might not make the date cutoff, and especially for the singles out there. Just sucks.

  2. With all the new restrictions there is no possible way that we could adopt from China again. That’s such a shame the government has to put these sort of restrictions on families.

  3. On one hand it’s great that there are so many babies wanted to be adopted but on the other hand it really stinks for potential parents! CCAA can make every restriction in the world and still never create the “perfect” environment for a child to grow healthy and happily!
    There are so many people who would not meet those restrictions but who would be wonderful parents!

  4. Isn’t thsi rediculous!? Those children need a home and they are just making things harder and harder. We had plans to “twin” our Mikala but these new restrictions knocked us out of the water with their income restrictions. What are thsy thinking?

  5. I have heard this rumour and its hard.I think we should wait and see before everyone gets too upset.
    It may change.

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