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Taiwan Adoption

A Taiwan adoption might not be something you considered when deciding on an international adoption, but adopting from this small island off the mainland coast of China can mean a far shorter wait. Here's what you need to know about adopting from Taiwan.

Who Can Adopt

You must be at least 20 years older than the child you wish to adopt if you are single, and at least 16 years older if you are married. Furthermore, you must not be older than 55 years of age.

If you are married, you must adopt jointly with your spouse. Also, you must have a stable residence, legitimate work and sufficient financial means to support a child.

Children Available

Both boys and girls are available for a Taiwan adoption and range in age from infants to 12 years of age. The child you wish to adopt cannot be directly or indirectly related by blood to you (i.e. a cousin, sibling of a spouse or a sibling's spouse) or directly related by marriage, unless the child is a stepchild. mother and daughter

The Process

Once you complete your home study and get approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you send your dossier into the Taiwan District Court. A Taiwan social worker will review your home study. Once your application for a Taiwan adoption is approved (usually within 1-2 months after applying), either you or your designated representative will receive a notice to appear for a hearing.

Approximately one to two months after the hearing, the court will rule on the adoption, and an immigrant visa is issued.

Length of Process

A Taiwan adoption will typically take 10 months from the time you contact an agency to when you bring your child home.

Costs Involved

The costs for adopting from Taiwain will include any agency fees, your home study, paperwork costs and travel expenses. In addition, you will also pay no more than $150 in Taiwan court fees.

Documents Required

In order to adopt from Taiwan you will need a home study, including a Chinese translation, a power of attorney in both English and Chinese, an approval notice from USCIS, a copy of your home state adoption laws along with a Chinese translation, a signed adoption agreement notarized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and other documents, including birth certificates and marriage licenses.

The Numbers

According to statistics given by the United States Department of State, in 2008, 47 children were adopted by American parents from Taiwan.

Learn More

To learn more about adopting from Taiwan, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.

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