Update January 3, 2024:

Please note that all activities related to adoptions in China are suspended since April 12, 2022.  However in the event of an upturn, here are for your information the criteria of the country.

We have been licensed for China since 1991. 

Who may adopt

The chinese authorities request that prospective parents meet certain criteria (please note that these criteria apply to all NEW REGISTRATIONS made with the agency after June 30, 2017):

  • Only couples who have been married for at least two years are admissible, common law couples are not accepted. If either spouse has been previously divorced, please check with Société Formons une famille if you are eligible. Note: If one party has no divorce history OR 1 divorce, their current marriage should last not less than 2 years. If one party has 2 divorces, their current marriage should last not less than 5 years. In calculating the marriage lasting time for couples, the time living together before their marriage can be included.
  • Both parents must be at least 30 years of age. If the younger spouse is over 50 years of age, the maximum allowed age difference between the adopted child and the younger spouse is 50 years. (Age difference is calculated from the registration date of the file in China – (log in date)
  • China requires that the family employment income be a minimum of $10 000 USD per year per family member, including the child to be adopted. For example, to adopt a first child, income must be over $30 000 USD, $40 000 USD for a second child, and so on. For single parent, the employment income must be over  $30 000 USD to adopt a first child, $40 000 USD for a second child, and so on.
  • The couple must have a “Net Worth” of at least $80 000 USD (“Total assets minus Total Debts”: A single parent must have a “Net Worth” of at least $100 000 USD (“Total assets minus Total Debts”. A specific form will be filled out by applicants to submit to the chinese authorities).
  • In a couple adoption, the number of minors living in the house of the parents should be not more than 5; in a single adoption, the number of minors in the house of the parents should be not more than 2.
  • The youngest child in the house should reach 3 years old.
  • Both parents must have completed a high school education (or equivalent professionnal diploma).
  • Both parents must be in good physical and mental health. If you have (or have had in the past) any health problem, please contact us in order to verify any restrictions that may apply.
  • Both parents should have no criminal record and have no history of the following: conjugal violence, sexual abuse, child abandonment, experiencing drugs, alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Both parents must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 40
  • China requires a minimum of one year between the last adoption and the time you submit a new application to adopt from China (or between the birth of a biological child and the submission of an adoption application).
  • Persons residing in Quebec without being Canadian citizens may be admissible under certain conditions. Should this be your case, please contact us to verify your admissibility.
  • Single female applicants are currently being accepted only to adopt children with special needs, according to specific admissibility criteria. Please contact us for more information.

Other criteria are applicable to residents of Quebec. We invite you to visit the International Adoption Secretariat (SASIE) website for more information.

Children generally proposed

  • Children aged between 6 months and 4 years of age, or older with special needs.
  • Contrary to other countries, all the children from China are of unknown origin, i.e. abandonned anonymously.
  • Although difficult, it is possible to adopt twins.
  • The proposal from China contains several documents: the “Letter Seeking Confirmation from Adopter” (official proposal to the parents identifying the child, the orphanage and the province), a medical examination record (including blood test results for HIV, Hepatitis B, syphilis and other routine blood and urine tests), and general information on the child’s development contained in the form “State of Growth of Prospective Adoptive Child”.
  • While in China, parents will receive other pertinent documents, such as the child’s Birth Certificate and Adoption Registration Certificate.

Other useful information

Approximate cost (couple) :
30,000 $

Delay between proposal and departure :
approximately 6 to 8 weeks

Decision type :
Final administrative decision

Duration of stay (varies according to province of adoption) :
14 to 21 days, including travel

Obligation to travel in China :
Yes, at least one of the two spouses must go

Planning your travel to China

Before you leave for China, you must apply for an entry visa. You will be insctructed to proceed with your visa application once we receive your proposal from China, please wait for us to advise you before you proceed.

When instructed to do so, please read CAREFULLY the instructions you will be given BEFORE you start completing your visa application form.


Children with Special Needs

Since February 2003, the CCCWA allows our agency to find families who are interested in adopting children with special needs (minor handicaps or just be older).

We believe that it is a fundamental right of all children to be part of a loving family. That is why we are proud to cooperate with the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) who facilitates this type of adoption by expediting the adoption process of parents who wish to adopt a child with special needs. We also believe that the sooner each child finds a home, the brighter their future will be.

During the past years, our agency has placed over two hundred (200) children with special needs. Most frequent special needs files received in the recent years have been cleft lip/palate, cardiac problems, congenital malformations of hands/feet, deafness, hepatites B and/or other health problems. Some children are simply older, healthy children (usually boys over the age of 8 years).

Partners and links

The central authority for adoption matters in the People’s Republic of China is called the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption – CCCWA. We invite you to visit their website at : CCCWA