Medical Conditions Checklist (MCC) Frequently Asked Questions

Must I have a home study completed in order to submit an MCC?

If you do not have a home study completed, please submit, at the same time as your MCC, CCAI’s formal Application for Adoption. CCAI will be glad to serve you as you begin your home study and compilation of your dossier documents! If you do not wish to begin the adoption process with CCAI, then yes, in order to submit your MCC, you will indeed need to provide CCAI with a copy of your approved intercountry adoption home study (completed within the last year, with current associated background checks, such as child abuse and arrest history clearances). Your home study can be emailed to homestudy2@ccaifamily.org. Please note that you will need a current, approved home study in order to be matched with a Waiting Child..

How can I log back in to my MCC?

Click the “Create/Update Medical Conditions Checklist” button, or click here and sign in with the email address and password you used to originally create your MCC. Need your password? Just email us: waitingchild@ccaifamily.org! Make sure to use THIS link to log in to your MCC and not your general CCAI log-in information from our home page, as the MCC system is separate from that of your general CCAI adoption account.

Can I make changes to my MCC?

Yes! Click the “Create/Update Medical Conditions Checklist” button, or click here and sign in with the email address and password you used to originally create your MCC. You can make any changes you like, as frequently as you wish, and it will NOT change the date of your original MCC submission. Please note – if you wish to update a current MCC on file, make sure to use the SAME email address and password as you used to create it (just call us if you need help!) and select the option to “Update your Medical Conditions Checklist”. Please do NOT select “Fill out a NEW Medical Conditions Checklist” if you already have an MCC on file.

Can I print my MCC?

Just click the “Create/Update Medical Conditions Checklist” button, or click here and sign in with the email address and password you used to originally create your MCC. Click on your MCC, and you’ll find a “Printer Friendly” button.

How does the match process work?

Prospective adoptive families use the MCC to tell CCAI of their openness in terms of a child’s age, gender, and medical needs, and we keep them on file in the order of the date they were received, with priority given to families currently in process with CCAI Then, as we receive new children’s files, we take each one individually and search those waiting MCCs for a family potentially open to that child’s age, gender, and medical need(s) AND with a current, approved home study, and call that family directly – we contact one family about one child at a time. If there’s more than one possible family, we’ll call the one whose MCC has been on file the longest, first. If the first family isn’t able to move forward, we call the next family, and so on. That’s how most (as in 70-80%) children find their families, but there are always some children who, for whatever reason, don’t match any of the MCCs we have on file, and those are the sweet faces you will see on our Child Profiles. Please feel welcome to inquire with us about any of these children!

How long is my MCC valid?

CCAI asks that your family begin your adoption process (with a formal application to CCAI) within one year of submitting your MCC and current, approved home study. If you do not choose to start the adoption process at that time, we’ll remove your MCC from our files and will welcome you to submit a new one when you are ready to begin the adoption process and/or submit a new approved home study to CCAI.

Once you are matched and complete an adoption, the MCC associated with that adoption is no longer active. To adopt again, you’ll need to submit a new MCC, to be filed as of the new submission date.

How can I learn more about the medical conditions listed on the MCC?

The MCC itself is a great source of information – many of the medical conditions listed are clickable links! For more information, check out our:

How long will it take for me to be matched?

The timeline to a potential child match depends on two main factors: your family’s openness to a child’s age, gender, and medical needs, and also the children’s files we receive. Some families are matched within days, and others wait years. Please visit our Waiting Child Statistics page to learn more about our Waiting Children and to view graphs of the actual wait times experienced by our families. Overall, families tend to wait longer for girls and for children with minor medical needs, and shorter for boys or for more involved medical situations. Ultimately, please don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your MCC and a realistic expectation of the wait time!

If I have already accepted a child, do I still need to submit an MCC?

No, you do not need to submit an MCC if already matched to a child.

I have adopted previously; how do I submit a new MCC?

You can still log in with your email address and password you used before, then just click the link to create a NEW MCC.

Why does it say my previous MCC is out of date?

Your earlier MCC was associated with your previous adoption and is no longer active. To adopt again, you’ll need to submit a new MCC, to be filed as of the new submission date.

Who can I contact with questions about my MCC?

Just call CCAI’s Waiting Child team at 303-850-9998, or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org!