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Simplified guideline procedures for foreigners to adopt children in China

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Until from now, there are 17 countries that have established adoption partnerships with China, namely the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Citizens of these countries can adopt children in China. The basic procedures are as follows:

● Submit the application

Foreign adopters who come to China to adopt their children must first pass the adoption application and supporting documents to the China  Adoption Center through the adoption organization entrusted by their host government or government itself:

(1) International adoption application;

(2) Birth certificate;

(3) Proof of marital status;

(4) Proof of occupation, income resource and property owned;

(5) Certification of physical health examination;

(6) Official affidavit to adopter whom has been a criminal punishment records or not;

(7) Family members with involvement of related ages, career report;

(8) The competent authority of the country where the foreign adopter is located agrees with the permision certificate of the adoption of the child from China;

(9) A copy of the passport of the foreign adopter;

(10) Two photos of two-inch bareheaded photos of foreign adopters and six photos of family life.

In addition to the above mentioned  ninth and tenth items, the other eight documents shall be issued by the competent authority of the host country, certified by the diplomatic or foreign authorities authorized by the host country, which refer to embassy or consulate of the People's Republic of China in that country for double certification.

The China Adoption  Center does not accept adoption documents submitted directly by foreign individuals.

●Acceptance of registration

After receiving the adoption documents submitted by the foreign adopters through their host government or adoption organization, the China Adoption Center will accept and register the adoption documents that are complete, valid and have paid the service fees to the China Adoption Center, and inform the acceptance of the registration to the foreign governments or adoption organizations which have submitted the adoption documents.

Review and match

After review by the China Adoption Center, the Chinese Adoption  Center selects the appropriate adoptee according to the wishes of the foreign adopter and passes the relevant information of the adoptee and the dependant to the foreign adopter who meets the requirements of the relevant Chinese laws and to the adopter's government for seeking theirs advice.

●Issue a notice

After the foreign government and the adopter agree to accept the recommended adoptee, the China Adoption Center issues a Notice of Adoption of Children in China for the adopter and forwards the notice to the foreign adopter through the foreign government or foreign adoption organization. At the same time, the China Adoption  Center issues a Notice of Foreign-related adoption advice to the adoption and registration authority of the provincial civil affairs department where the adoptee is located.

●come to China personally

After the foreign adopter receives the "Notice of Adopting a Child in China", both husband and wife must come to China personally with the original notice, and go through the adoption registration formalities at the provincial civil affairs department where the adoptee's permanent residence is located.


Foreign adopters who apply for adoption registration shall fill in an application form for the adoption of children in China, and submit a written adoption agreement with the sponsor, and submit the original “Notice of Adopting Children in China” issued by the China Adoption Center, and foreign adopters’ID and photos. The provincial civil affairs department shall handle the adoption registration of the parties to the parties who meet the legality requirements in accordance with the PRC Adoption  law, issue the "Adoption Registration Certificate", and issue the "Certificate of International Adoption". The adoption relationship is established from the date of registration.

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