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Overview of CCCWA Inter-country Adoption Program

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Chinese government always attaches great importance to the protection of children’s benefit. In pursuant to the spirit of conventions in inter-country adoption, China helps children who need a home to be placed domestically, and for those who cannot be placed at home, we try our best to find a suitable family worldwide with an open mind.

China’s inter-country adoption started from the late 70s and early 80s of the last century. At that time, this is mainly for fulfilling the wishes of friendly foreigners to adopt a child in China. Therefore, both the amount and scope of the adoption were very limited. With the Reform and Opening-up in China, more and more foreigners have the desire to adopt here.

In order to standardize inter-country adoption and protect the legal rights of parties involved in adoption, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress enacted The Adoption Law of the People's Republic of China in 1992 (later amended in 1998), explicitly stipulating that foreigners are able to adopt children in the People's Republic of China in pursuant to this law, which lays the legal ground for inter-country adopting in China. Afterwards, China enacted Implementing Measures for Foreigners Adopting Children in China (amended as Registration Measures for Foreigners Adopting Children in China in 1998), signed and ratified the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (known as the Hague Adoption Convention for short), and started to implement the Hague Adoption Convention from 2006, enabling sound practice of inter-country adoption under a set of well-established legal system and providing a guarantee for best protecting the rights of adopted children from China.

Since the State Council explicitly stipulated that the Ministry of Civil Affairs is the authority to be responsible for China's inter-country adoption in 1996, with the care of the Communist Party and the Chinese government, the strong support of the relevant departments and the efforts of the civil affairs departments at all levels, inter-counrty adoption has been conducted in an legal and standard manner in conformity with the principle of "all for the children" and have received wide recognition from the international society. China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) is an international public welfare organization authorized by the Chinese government to handle affairs of inter-country adoption. Since its establishment, CCCWA, with "all for the children" as its highest goal, has been making great efforts to safeguard the best interests of the adopted children, review the qualifications of foreign adopters in accordance with The Adoption Law of the People's Republic of China and match and place adoptees for eligible applicants based on their wishes. In order to show the commitment and sense of responsibility of the Chinese Government to protect the interests and benefits of the adopted children, CCCWA has been focusing on tracking the lives and growth of the adoptees in foreign adoptive families and encouraging the adoptees to keep contact with the culture of the country where they were born.

At present, we have established bilateral cooperations in inter-country adoption with 17 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, the United States and Italy, and have helped over 100,000 orphans and disabled children to be adopted by foreign families. Under the loving care of foreign adoptive parents, these adopted children have grown accustomed to the life quickly, and physically and mentally develop well. Besides, children with special needs all received timely treatment and recovery. All of these have been a guarantee of the children’s rights and laid a solid foundation for their future development.

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