Qualifications to Adopt From Taiwan

According to current Taiwanese government policies and practices and U.S. immigration laws, you must meet the following guidelines to qualify for a Taiwan adoption:

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Taiwan, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. government. The U.S. government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In addition, Taiwan also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:

  • Age: Prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) must be at least twenty years older than the child to be adopted. Applicants should be in the age range of 28 to 50 years of age.
  • Marriage: A married person who adopts a child shall do so jointly with his/her spouse. Couple should be married 5 years. Single applicants are also eligible to apply from Taiwan through Cathwel Orphanage.
  • Preference is given to childless couples. Smaller families are preferred.
  • Income: Prospective adoptive parents must have a stable residence, legitimate employment and sufficient financial means.

Taiwan’s adoptions are processed by individual orphanages that have the authority to perform intercountry adoptions. At this time, CCAI has an agreement with Cathwel Services to find suitable families for their waiting children.

Applicants’ income must meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requirements as specified in Form I-864P for 125% of the current Poverty Guideline:

All qualified applicants are permitted to adopt orphaned sibling groups, if available.

Taiwan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).