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Carolina Hope has new China Adoption Coordinator
Kim Breuer, the China Coordinator, is a mom to 9 children, including 6 children adopted from China, South Korea and Hong Kong and has worked in international adoption professionally for more than 5 years and has been an adoptive parent for more than 7 years. She holds an MLA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may call her between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Central Time at 701 839-6708.
GOOD NEWS FROM CHINA
Carolina Hope is pleased to announce the lifting of the quota of the number of families that can adopt each year. You must be between 30 and 50 years old. It is estimated that the time from dossier arrival in China to the referral of a child will now be one year. Also, the fees are very reasonable, and, in most instances, you can expect to spend about $15,000 -$17,000 for the total adoption, including travel expenses, Immigration and Naturalization Service fees and your home study costs.
Also children with special needs are available. Usually the wait for these children is about five months after INS approval. Each family will be pre-approved by the China authorities before they begin the process of adopting a specific child with special needs.
This is a well-established program, through our long-term partner organization. Our families have been very pleased with this program that operates extremely smoothly.
As the placing agency, Carolina Hope assists you with preparing your dossier, authenticating your documents, and, if you are a resident of South Carolina, conducting your home study. Please contact us for further information.
Who can adopt?
In April 1999 China changed its law regarding international adoptions. Now
those 30 years and older can adopt a Chinese child even if they have other
Although China permits singles to adopt, Carolina Hope is not accepting applications from singles at this time due to quotas.
Preference is given to families without children and who are under 40 years old. In general, those with more than three children cannot adopt from China.
What children are available?
Primarily girls over the age of six months old are available; at the time of
adoption, the girls are usually between nine and 15 months old. Boys are
also available, but waiting for a boy can take longer. The boys are generally
a little older than the girls when placed. Twins are very rarely available
for adoption. At present, the Chinese authorities are reluctant to allow a
family to adopt two children at one time.
Are the children healthy?
In general, the children are in good health because there is little or no
incidence of prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol or to sexually transmitted
diseases. Because the babies are well cared for in a loving environment,
attachment disorders are rare.
How do I adopt from China?
There are various steps that must be taken to complete any international
adoption. You must have a home study done, receive approval from BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services), and complete a dossier as required by the
China Center of Adoption Affairs. These steps can be worked on
simultaneously. Keep a file of all documents and always have a copy of any
document. CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency sends your paperwork out
for you to the proper Embassy or consulate.
When will a child be assigned to me?
About 12 -15 months after all of your paperwork has been at the China Center of
Adoption Affairs, a child will be assigned to you. This means that you will
be given a small picture (about one inch by two inches) and a medical report
of a child.
When do I travel?
After all paperwork from the province is received by the China Center of
Adoption Affairs, then a document granting you permission to travel is issued
and sent to the adoption agency. You usually travel in about 30-60 days after
your child is assigned to you.
Unlike some agencies, you do not travel in a large group; therefore, you
do not have to wait until many other adoptive families are also ready to
Small groups assure personal attention and efficient meetings with
authorities in China.
When you arrive in China, an English-speaking representative will meet you.
Your child is brought to your hotel in the provincial capital city.
You are accompanied by your English speaking, adoption experienced
interpreter-guide at all times for meetings with officials and orphanage
representatives. As needed and if possible, you may visit the town of
the orphanage where your child was receiving care.
Only one parent needs to travel to China, and your stay is about one week.
You may have to stay as long as 10 days if one of the consulates is closed
due to American or Chinese holiday.
What does an adoption cost?
The adoption fee is $10,500 including the BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) fee and the authentication of documents.
What is the Process?
A. Complete home study and I 600 A Form and receive BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) approval.
B. Gather documents for your dossier and submit them to CAROLINA HOPE
Christian Adoption Agency for certification and authentication.
C. Your dossier is sent to the China Center for Adoption Affairs.
D. Wait about twelve months for an assignment of a child.
E. Travel to China to attend your child's adoption in the orphanage province.
F. Travel to Guangzhou, China to the US Embassy to receive your child's visa.
G. Bring your daughter home to the United States!