Information for those considering adopting from China

CACH is the UK's only national support group for those who have been adopted from China, and their families, as well as those who are currently in the process, so certainly CACH will be a good source of help, support and information should you be thinking about adopting from China. 

At the moment the only realistic route that is open to U.K. adopters is through the IAC The Centre for Adoption which has accreditation from the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to operate the Special Needs Adoption programme in the UK. The children who are available to adopt could have either a medical need, such as cleft lip, requiring surgery or ongoing medical support or could be an older child (6 years +) The ICA has lots of information about the programme on its website so do check it out for further reading. A number of CACH families have already successfully adopted through this system, both first time adopters and those with children already. Many are happy to talk to those considering this programme. 

Adoption, through what is known as the NSN (non special needs) programme, has realistically been shut to adopters from overseas. There is very little official information regarding the NSN programme or how long the processing currently takes. Following a slow down in referrals, which started in January 2006, there have been just 14 months of referrals in the last decade. The most recent matches have been to families who's paperwork was logged in with the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) on 15th January 2007. It is highly unlikely that a local authority will even allow a couple to embark on this difficult and uncertain route. (Updated Oct 2016)