New Rules For Adoptions From China Announced

feat_smUPDATE #1:  We are receiving numerous questions about "What exactly has changed?"  To clarify, at this early-stage of review, it appears that the following changes have taken place:

  • Youngest child in the home must be 3-years-old before a family may log-in their dossier
  • Single females may still adopt, but may have only 2 children living at home. Youngest child must be 3 years of age (formerly it was 6 years). Singles may  now be up to 50 years older than child (formerly 45)
  • Married couples may have up to 5 children in the home
  • Families must wait one full year after an adoption is complete before applying to adopt another child
  • Only one child may be adopted at a time  (unless a twin or sibling)

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KEEP THE PROMISE 2017!

The Office of Children’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State has declared May 15th Post-Adoption Report Day. It’s an opportunity to highlight the importance that parents who have adopted through intercountry adoption keep their promises and submit post-adoption reports as they committed to during the adoption process.

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Here are 3 simple reasons NCFA believes Post-Adoption Reporting matters!

  1. You promised!
    As a part of the adoption process, you were entrusted with the care of your child and promised to share about their future experiences. While it is easy to forget about extra paperwork in the important work of caring for your children, we think keeping your promise to report back on the wellbeing of your child is critically important.
  2. It’s a great opportunity for reflection.
    Post-adoption reports are a good time to do some reflection and assessment. Consider your reporting dates an opportunity, not an obligation.  You can review and celebrate progress and milestones. Take a moment to consider what types of support might help your child (and you!) to grow and thrive. And consider what your goals are for your child and your family between now and the next reporting date. It’s also a terrific time to touch base with your adoption agency or other adoption professionals if you need any support. For some countries, you’re required to connect with your agency at this time anyway. It’s a natural and convenient time to touch base about any questions, concerns, or supports your family might find valuable.
  3. You’re helping to support future adoptions.
    Post-adoption reports are one of the ways countries assess whether children are healthy, safe, and loved as a result of intercountry adoption. This information can be critical to deciding whether future children will have the option to join families through intercountry adoption or might otherwise languish in institutions or other impermanent situations.

So, what exactly is a post-adoption report? While the number and timing of reports required varies, generally the report’s goal is to discuss the child’s development and adjustment to a new family, home, and country. It’s important to pay special attention to the specific requirements in the country a child is adopted from. The type of information, how it should be assessed (through an agency or by parents themselves), and how it should be submitted can vary widely from country to country. Below, we’ve listed some basic information on several countries reporting requirements. If you have specific questions about what your reporting requirements are, we encourage you to reach out to your adoption service provider to learn more. Department of State also provides country specific information and can be contacted if you need more information.

Post-Adoption Report Requirements

We aren’t listing in detail all the country requirements, but wanted to give examples of some common countries of origin and their general guidelines, we’ve also linked through to more specific information at Department of State for each country. Of course, the best way to get information on what is required for your adoption is always to contact your adoption service provider and confirm what was required by the country at the time of your adoption and any other requirements the agency might have that you agreed to during the adoption process.

Bulgaria: 4 reports required. One every six months after adoption for first two years.

China: 6 reports required. Six months after adoption and at 1,2,3,4, and 5 years after adoption. First 3 reports must be prepared by the social workers who prepared the homestudy. Families may write last three reports themselves.

Colombia: 4 reports—signed by social worker—at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months from the date of the final court decree which is signed while the family is in Colombia.

Ethiopia: Post-adoption reports are required at 3, 6, and 12 months post-adoption. After the first year, reports must be filed yearly until child turns 18.

Haiti: 7 post-adoption reports are typically required. The first 4 must be completed with the adoption service provider at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after adoption. The last 3 reports at moths 36, 48, and 60 may be submitted directly to IBESR by adoptive parents.

India: Post-adoption reports are required quarterly in the first year after adoption, and twice a year during the 2nd year. They may be submitted online by the adoption service provider.

Kazakhstan: Post-adoption reports are required every six months for the first 3 years, and once a year until the child is 18. Reports are to be submitted to Kazakhstani diplomatic mission in the country of the child’s residence.

Philippines: During the first 6 months of custody the adoption service provider must conduct bi-monthly reports. After this period, adoptive parents should file a petition for adoption in U.S. court.

Russia: Russia requires children to be registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they leave Russia or with the Russian Embassy or Consulate upon arrive in the U.S. 4 post-adoption reports are required. The reports should be completed: (1) 5 months after adoption court order and submitted no later than the end of the 7th month, (2) 11 months after adoption court order and no later than then end of the 13th month, (3) 23 months after adoption court order and submitted no later than the end of the 25th month, and (4) 35 months after adoption court order and no later than then end of the 37th month.

Ukraine: Post-adoption reports are required annually for the first 3 years, and once every 3 years thereafter until the child is 18.


Inspiring Story: Twins Lost To One Another and Soon To Be Reunited!

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com

By Colby Itkowitz

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Lisa Lumpkins was scrolling Facebook when she first saw the photo. In her newsfeed, a group that identified older children in need of adoption had posted a picture of a teenage Chinese girl who looked strikingly like her own daughter.

The image bore into her mind and she couldn’t shake it. She thought maybe she was imagining the similarity. So she shared the post on her personal page and almost instantly close family and friends were messaging her: That girl looks a lot like Aubrey.

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WAITING CHILD PROGRAM: Urgent Need for Zoe!

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc. 

in partnership with…

Great Wall China Adoption

WAITING CHILD PROGRAM – Great Wall China Adoption

Urgent Need for Zoe!

Today we are sending out an urgent request for little Zoe. This sweet girl is 4 years old and is from one of our orphanage partnerships. Zoe’s severe medical condition is worsening, and the hospitals in her area have no other treatment options. Please take the time to read her story and share it with others so that this adorable child can come home quickly and receive the life saving medical interventions she needs.

Zoe – 4 year old

Zoe is a beautiful 4 year old girl who has been diagnosed with severe Thalassemia. Her condition has worsened and her liver and spleen are showing signs of swelling. Although Zoe receives multiple transfusions monthly, the hospitals in her area are not equipped to provide her with the lifesaving treatment she desperately needs. Her case is extremely urgent and she needs to find her forever family as soon as possible.

Zoe is a smart and inquisitive little girl. She can be shy at first, but warms up to new people quickly. She enjoys playing with many different toys.  She has normal cognitive development, but is not attending school at this time due to her medical condition. Zoe interacts well with other children and adults. Her caregivers describe her as sweet, obedient, and adorable. To learn more about how you can adopt Zoe, please email us at heather@hopscotchadoptions.org.

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is pleased announce a pilot network Waiting Child program in partnership with Great Wall China Adoption! Great Wall China Adoption is one of the most respected and trusted agencies worldwide, that has been accredited by the Chinese government to place Chinese children into permanent and loving families. Hopscotch will be working exclusively with all New York and North Carolina families to bring a beautiful waiting child home from one of the most reliable and structured inter-country adoption programs available.

Want to get started today?  You’ll want to click here or call our office to get your home study underway immediately.  Want to learn more about Great Wall China Adoption’s Waiting Child program? Just click here.

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China Waiting Child Program Announcement

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China Waiting Child Program Announcement, September 12, 2013:

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is pleased announce a pilot network China Waiting Child program in partnership with Great Wall China Adoption! Great Wall China Adoption is one of the most respected and trusted agencies worldwide, that has been accredited by the Chinese government to place Chinese children into permanent and loving families.  Hopscotch will be working exclusively with all New York and North Carolina families to bring a beautiful waiting child home from one of the most reliable and structured inter-country adoption programs available.

Want to get started today?  You’ll want to click here to get your home study underway immediately.  Want to learn more about Great Wall China Adoption’s Waiting Child program click here.

About our China Waiting Child adoption partner and relationship:

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc networks with Great Wall China Adoption. Since 1996, Great Wall China Adoption has worked collaboratively with China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) that oversees adoptions and is responsible for placing  Chinese children in American homes.

The Chinese government prefers that families work with the same agency for their adoption home study and child placement. Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc and Great Wall China Adoption Adoption network together to make our China Waiting Child adoption program available to families living in New York and North Carolina, where Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc is licensed to provide home study and post adoption services:

*Families must reside in New York and North Carolina for this China Waiting Child adoption program. 

Hopscotch will provide home study, and post adoption report services within the requirements of the Chinese government.  Great Wall China Adoption, as your trusted primary provider, will provide all other services related to the placement of the child and will be the primary point of contact throughout your adoption process in the US and while in China. 

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