Many of you may have heard by now that CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) has announced a change in their waiting child program. Starting September 1st, CCAA will designate certain children who have been on the shared list for more than two months as "Special Focus Children". Agencies may then request special focus children to be on their "individual list". This will enable agencies to focus on finding families for those children. We here at AAC are very excited about this new change. As much as we would like to advocate for every child on the shared list, it is difficult. There are approximately 2000 children currently on the shared list. It is impossible to know which children have prospective adoptive parents with other agencies. Individual lists will let us know where to direct our efforts.
Another benefit of the Special Focus Children program is that the families who are matched with the children will be given 6 months to complete their dossier instead of 3. Any one who has ever been through the paperwork process for a Chinese adoption knows that this is great news.
And last but definitely not least...China Center for Adoption Affairs has decided to allow the adoption of TWO children at the same time. AAC has experienced placing two children at once a few times. However, this was done by requesting special permission and was only allowed on rare occasions. We are glad to hear that CCAA is now making this more obtainable, as our families who have adopted two children have done well. Of course this is not the best option for all families and there are many things to take into consideration before deciding to do this. If you would like more information about this, please feel free to contact us.
Make sure to check our waiting children listing after September 1st for our new Special Focus Children.