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Since July 2012 when IAC received accreditation from the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to operate the Special Needs Adoption programme in the UK, we have successfully placed 7 children with special needs with IAC adopters. Currently IAC is the only agency in the UK which is accredited to provide this service and, therefore, it is the only agency able to access the register of special needs children held in China.
China is a country which is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption 1993 and all adoptions from China are regulated CCCWA.
The IAC China Special Needs Adoption Programme allows prospective adopters, through IAC, to access the Special Needs Register of children available for adoption from the People’s Republic of China. The register is accessed via the internet and a pre- match made with a child on your behalf.
The children on the list are all children with special needs, over and above those that stem from having spent their early childhood in an institution.
The special needs that frequently occur are:
It is important to emphasise that the severity of the conditions varies from child to child and that some children have multiple conditions. Children may have had corrective surgery in China and although requiring on going medical supervision, are able to lead relatively normal lives. Whatever their condition a placement in a loving, committed family is life changing for both the child and the family.
Please see the Information Pack for details of further eligibility criteria.
Prospective adopters who wish to use the China Special Needs programme must be:
Prospective Adopters living outside of the Local Authorities who contract IAC to undertake their assessments may need to request an assessment of their Local Authority before joining the China Special Needs programme but please speak to IAC before you make an enquiry about becoming an approved adopter.
There is a charge for this service and further details concerning the service and the costs can be found in the Information for Prospective Adopters: China Special Needs Programme.
For further information about the special programme please contact the IAC Advice Line through the Contact Us link.
IAC is grateful to the many supporters who have donated and pledged to the Stepping Stones appeal for the programme since it was launched in November 2010 and to the Department for Education, who have supported the accreditation application.