Children and Families


China Adoptions

The Adoption Department at Family & Children’s Agency developed a program with China in 1995. We are accredited with the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) in Beijing.

Over 1.7 million children enter China’s orphanages yearly as the result of the country’s rigorous “one-child” policy. Children typically enter the orphanage through abandonment.  As a result, there is very little or no information about the child’s birth family, history or health prior to abandonment. Under the law, children must be in a Child Welfare Institute (China’s orphanage system) at least six months before they can be released for international adoption.

Family & Children’s Agency has conducted a longitudinal study of the children adopted through this program. It indicates, for the most part, these children are resilient and continue to thrive.

Program Detail

Children Available Children of all ages of either gender with special needs are available. This includes healthy children over 6 and children with correctable medical conditions.
Cost Fees are collected as the work is completed during the various stages of your adoption. Please call us for detailed information.
Parents’ Age 30 to 54 years of age.
Length of Marriage Couples must be married at least two years.
Divorce If either applicant has previous marriages, length of current marriage has to be five years. China will accept only two previous marriages
Single Applicants China only considers single parents on a case by case basis for children with special needs.
Children in the Family Up to five children aged between one and 18 in the home. Special needs exempt from this requirement
Other Requirements
China has other requirements related to physical health, mental health, and your body mass index. Please contact Family & Children’s Agency for a full list of requirements and to be pre-screened.
Timeframe Families are typically matched with a special needs child in under a year.
Travel to China One trip to China is required. Your trip will typically be scheduled three months after your referral acceptance is sent to China. One or both parents may travel. All travel is with a group of Family & Children’s Agency parents who will be accompanied in China by a very experienced facilitator.
Special Features of Family & Children’s Agency Program Experienced, bilingual, professional staff provide translation and personal advocacy on your behalf with CCCWA and the orphanage. Family & Children’s Agency staff will work closely with you to prepare all documents (“dossier”) required by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption. Our staff will verify, translate, assemble, and submit your dossier to CCCWA. We monitor the progress of your dossier and advocate for you throughout the process. This is usually about a three-month process. Pre-travel seminars prepare you for your trip and teach you important words and phrases.

The Process

Home Study Connecticut and New York residents should apply for a home study with Family & Children’s Agency. We can help couples in other states to identify a home study agency in their area.
Immigration Forms Once the home study is completed, parents need to apply to the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to bring an orphan into the U.S. This involves obtaining and filing the I-800 A form and arranging for a fingerprinting appointment.
Referral Families receive photos and a health report on the child they are matched with. Upon receiving your referral, Family & Children’s Agency will: Translate all medical information and recommend that you share this information with a pediatrician specializing in international adoption Obtain, if necessary, updated medical and developmental information about the child referred to you.
Travel to Follow-Up When you return home, we’ll provide post-adoption support, and information about obtaining your child’s social security card and birth certificate. Your child is automatically a U.S. citizen upon arrival in the United States if both parents traveled for the adoption. CCCWA requires three post placement visits following your return from China. We remain in close contact with our China families and see each other through frequent reunions and post-adoption events.

Special Needs: The Waiting Children Program

Family & Children’s Agency has been approved by CCCWAto place children from China with a wide range of physical and developmental conditions, as well as healthy children over the age of five. Special needs referrals have included children with cleft lip, cleft palate, missing digits, heart conditions and club foot. Both boys and girls are available. Consultation with your social worker and pediatrician can assist you in determining appropriate placements.

Special Features of this Program:
•  You will be actively involved in selecting the child you wish to adopt
•  The time frame to referral and travel is shortened
•  Fees may be adjusted by Family & Children’s Agency and CCCWA

For more information

For more information on our China Adoption Program, contact Lisa Habasinski, Administrative Assistant, China Program at (203) 523-5735 or email

For general Adoption information, contact (203) 855-8765 or email

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