Country: Taiwan Adoption

Age Range: 1-14 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Medical Special Needs: Minor to Significant
Marriage Length: 3 years
Single Women: Rarely
Expat Accepted: Yes, if living in Taiwan
In-Country Travel: Possibly 2 trips, 1 week each

We are currently seeing families matched with children 18 months to 4 years old with moderate to significant medical special needs as well as children 5+ years old with minor to moderate needs. The majority of the files we receive are between 3-8 years old with a range medical special needs.

After families finalize their home study, they can submit a matching request for a waiting child. Cathwel then holds a matching meeting to choose the family best suited to pursue the child(ren)’s adoption. There may be multiple families submitting matching requests for one child.  Cathwel then presents the adoption plan to the child’s legal guardian for their approval. There is a final court process which results in the adoption finalization.

The process of adopting from Taiwan, if matching with a child 5 or more years old, is estimated to take 1-2 years. Families pursuing a child under 5 years old, should expect the process to take 2-4 years.

Depending on the requirements of the judge presiding over the child’s case, the family may be requested to travel to Taiwan once or twice. If asked to travel twice, the first trip would entail the court hearing with a judge and a meeting with the child. This trip is typically 5 days. The final trip is approximately 1 week. The family will travel to the child’s county, have a 3 day period of gradual bonding, and receive the child in to their care, attend important travel appointment and receive the child’s visa before returning to the states. Upon landing in the United States, the child receives US Citizenship.

About Taiwan

Taiwan is a small country with a population of only 23.46 million; however it is not immune to the orphan crisis. Taiwan is not a member of the Hague Convention, however the adoption process in Taiwan follows very closely the Hague process for adoptions. Birth families may be involved in the early matching process for waiting children. There may be opportunities for adoptive families to meet birth family members after the adoption is finalized during travel to Taiwan. This provides Taiwan adoptive families a unique opportunity to minister to their child’s birth family.

The Need

There are approximately 3,000 children in care in this small island country. Most children eligible for adoption are in the custody of the Taiwanese government due to parental rights being terminated. Unfortunately, children over the age of 3 or children with medical special needs are unlikely to be adopted domestically, so intercountry may be their best hope for a committed, loving family. Of the 1,622 incoming adoptions to the US in 2020, 42 of those were adoptions from Taiwan.

How You Can Help

Lifeline is committed to seeing more children coming home by advocating for the orphaned in Taiwan, especially older children and children with more moderate to severe medical special needs, and by walking families through the process of adopting children from Taiwan.

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