Taiwan Waiting Child Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get started in CCAI’s Taiwan Waiting Child Program?

A: The very first step is to visit CCAI’s website and view Taiwan’s waiting child profiles. If you are very interested in a waiting child that is on our website and want to move forward with the process, complete and submit the CCAI application and application fee. Once your application has been approved, you will be emailed the child’s entire file to review. Typically, the file includes a child study outlining the background information of the case, medical information, psychological reports, pictures, videos and monthly updates.

Q: May I view CCAI’s full list of Taiwan’s Waiting Children?

A: All of CCAI’s waiting children from the Taiwan program are listed on our website under Taiwan adoption program Waiting Children Profiles. To view a child’s file in its entirety, you must first apply to CCAI, submit the application fee and have your application approved.

Q: Must we have a home study completed in order to be considered for a child match?

A: A family can apply to CCAI and review a child’s file without having a completed home study, however, for a family to be considered to adopt a specific Child, an approved home study must be submitted.

Q: If no child match will be considered without a completed Home Study, should we not request a child’s file until our Homestudy is completed?

A: This is up to the family. CCAI will be happy to share a child’s file with a family, however a child’s file will not be held while a family secures a home study. If a home study ready family seeks to adopt the child, they will be given priority. CCAI firmly believes it is in the best interest of the child to enter their forever family as soon as possible.

Q: We have a completed home study for another adoption program, can we use it for the child match purpose while we are updating the home study for Taiwan?

A: Yes, if a family has a current approved home study it can be submitted to the orphanage for the match meeting. Please know that if a family has a current approved home study for Taiwan, it signifies their strong desire to adopt from Taiwan.

Q: Does CCAI recommend certain doctors to review children’s information?

A: We believe it is most beneficial for you to have a child’s orphanage-provided information reviewed by a doctor in your area, who might actually treat the child you are considering. Your own physician, pediatrician, local children’s hospital, or international adoption clinic may be able to provide you with excellent specialist referrals if needed.

Q: Will CCAI present the same child file to multiple interested families?

A: CCAI will present a child’s file to any qualified family that is interested, however, once home studies have been submitted for a child match, the file will no longer shown.

Q: How are Waiting Child matches made?

A: When a family is interested in adopting a specific child, CCAI submits to the orphanage by email the family’s home study and 4-5 pictures of the family and their home. A team of professionals at the orphanage then meets to discuss the child’s needs and the prospective adoptive families. The child’s case is carefully reviewed and discussed in order to find the best family to meet the child’s needs. Once a family has been selected, the family is notified immediately and the paperwork process begins.

Q: Will CCAI tell us how many families are interested in the same child as us?

A: CCAI can tell you how many CCAI families are interested in a specific child, however, CCAI does not know if other agencies may have a family interested in the same child.

Q: Can we use the dossier we completed for another adoption for Taiwan?

A: No, unfortunately, dossier documents are prepared for a specific country. Taiwan dossier documents must obtain authentication at the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office.

Q: We currently have an I-600A approval for another country’s adoption, can we use it for Taiwan? What about an I-800A approval?

A: If you have a current I600A approval you can request the country of approval be changed to Taiwan. This will require an amended home study to accompany your request. If you have a current I800A approval, you cannot transfer your approval to an I600A approval. A new I600A must be filed along with the filing fee and a home study.

Q: What typically happens during the court process?

Adoption cases are assigned to the district court in Taiwan. As part of the court process, a court designated social worker reviews the home study and birth family situation. The case is then assigned to a judge. The judge will decide whether he/she would like the adoptive parents to appear in person for the court hearing or if he/she will allow a designated representative to appear in court. Once the court hearing occurs and the judge feels he/she has sufficient information, the judge will sign the final adoption decree.

Q: When will we find out if our Taiwan adoption requires one or two trips?

A: Once your case is assigned to a district judge, the judge will determine whether you will need to travel for one or two trips.

Q: If I don’t travel with a group of families, will I be alone in Taiwan?

A: Absolutely not. Travel can be tailored to meet the family’s desire. For families who prefer a guide during their entire trip, CCAI has a local representative to serve you. For families who like their independence, we will assist with your itinerary which includes assistance from the orphanage staff but you will also have the ability to schedule your own free time while in Taiwan.

Q: Can only one parent travel?

A: If the prospective adoptive parents have been asked to appear in court, both parents are required to travel. If the judge will allow a designee to appear in court, only one parent would be required to travel. Please note, when only one parent travels, the child enters the US on an IR4 visa meaning the family will need to readopt the child in the US.

Q: Can we adopt from Taiwan while waiting for our referral from China/Haiti?

A: Yes, you can adopt from Taiwan while waiting on a referral although once you are matched with a child, you should not bring another child into the home until the newly adopted child is home and well adjusted.