Medical Conditions Checklist (MCC) Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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. 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 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 does it work to be matched with 2 children?

It is possible to adopt two children at the same time, as long as at least ONE child’s file is designated by the CCCWA as “Special Focus.” There is a checkbox on the MCC to mark if you are interested in being considered for more than one child, and be sure to discuss it with your social worker too, so that your home study and US Immigration I-800A form can reflect approval for two children. The match process is exactly the same; we’ll contact you about a child whose situation matches the openness on your MCC. After you have accepted one child, you might want to make changes to your MCC to reflect your preferences for a second child. Your MCC will keep that same original submission date (i.e. “place in line”) and again, we’ll contact you when/if we receive information on a second child matching your openness. Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee of being matched with two children; it will depend on your openness and the children’s files we receive.

What if I want to adopt two children, but the second child is not matched before travel for the first child? Can I still adopt that second child using my original MCC date?

In short, no. In order to travel for two children at the same time, a second child would need to be identified before you receive your acceptance letter (LOA) for the first child. If you are open to making two adoption trips, you can still accept a second child anytime up to the point that you depart for China to adopt your first child. However, once you finalize your first child’s 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. (The exception to this would be if you are adopting the first child using a COPY of your existing dossier, leaving the original dossier valid for a future match. Because the MCC is connected with that original dossier, it will indeed stay on file.)

How long is my MCC valid?

There is no expiration date on your MCC, but 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. If you choose to submit your MCC prior to beginning the adoption process with CCAI, fantastic, and we’ll expect you to submit your formal application and begin preparing adoption paperwork within one year of submitting your MCC.

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, not unless you are hoping to be matched to a second child as well. If you are hoping to be matched to two children, do go ahead and submit a new MCC, and please make sure to check the box indicating your wish to be considered for two children (if you have not already done so).

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!