CCAI matches and places more of China’s Waiting Children than any other agency. CCAI
typically matches 30 to 40 Waiting Children per month through the agency-specific
Orphanage Partnership (75-80%) and the
Shared List. So far, we have successfully found
loving homes for over 2,000 Waiting Children.
Waiting Children, both girls (40%) and boys (60%. Yes, a lot of boys!), range in
age from about 8 months to 13 years at the time of match.
The information available in a Waiting Child’s file includes:
- Several photographs, including, if applicable, the physical appearance of a visible
- A physical examination (typically including a blood test, urine test, hepatitis
B panel, and HIV/syphilis tests)
- Medical information relating to the child’s condition, if available
- Basic developmental information
- Background information, generally outlining the child’s personality, preferences,
history in the orphanage, and daily routine, composed by the orphanage
This chart provides a breakdown of the special needs most commonly seen in the Waiting
While some medical conditions may be considered minor in the US, other conditions
may be more significant and even encompass multiple issues. It is also possible
that a child may be placed with physical and/or emotional problems, minor or major,
that have remained partially or totally undiagnosed and which were unknown to CCAI.
Therefore, when considering a Waiting Child, CCAI strongly encourages families to
work with their pediatrician, medical specialist, insurance company, and social
worker to ensure that they are physically, financially, emotionally, and practically
prepared to parent their Waiting Child.