About China

Lifeline has had an adoption program in China since 2000 and maintains a positive relationship with the CCCWA (China’s central authority on adoption), working with orphanages all over the country. China allows families the opportunity to pursue the adoption of children with minor to significant medical and developmental special needs. Overall, the Chinese authorities are in favor of U.S. citizens adopting Chinese children, and are very supportive and helpful during the adoption process. China is Lifeline’s largest international adoption program.

The Need

Since Lifeline has been working in China, the majority of children that we advocate for are children with medical special needs, ranging in age from 1 to 14 years old.

How We Help

Lifeline advocates and recruits families open to medical special needs and varying ages. We have seen over 1500 children come home since 2000. We work hard to prepare families for adopting a child with medical special needs so that these children will have a successful transition into a forever family.

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What's Happening in China

Program Overview

  • Youngest children available: 18 months old at the time of referral (younger children are available but that is more rare)
  • Average time of completion: 12-24 months
  • Age Requirement: both spouses must be 29.5 years of age
  • Time in country: 2 weeks
  • Length of marriage: 2 years; 5 years if either spouse has two divorces in their history.

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More Information

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Family Testimonial

The Phillips Family

I cannot recommend Lifeline enough! From our first inquiry email, Lifeline was committed to us and to our sweet child-to-be, holding our hands every step of the way. When an unprecedented complication left our family in a desperate situation, Lifeline walked with us, interceded for us, and used every resource available to reunite our family and bring our girl home.

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The Abell Family

With a broken heart, I began to think, "I could adopt a boy like that. I've done this once. I could do it again." And that is when God spoke into my heart and said, "This is what I am asking you to do." After sharing the experience with my husband, he suggested that we pray about adopting a child with cleft lip and palate.

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