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Requirements for Foreign Adoption Agencies in Cooperation with China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption

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In order to give full play to the role of adoption agencies in inter-country adoption and ensure the lawful rights and interests of Chinese adopted children, foreign adoption agencies in cooperation with China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) should meet the following requirements:

Ⅰ. Agencies should prioritize the interests of Chinese adopted children.

Agencies should honor the basic principles of the Convention on the Rights of Children and the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption, fully recognize that children should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding, and select suitable adoptive parents based on the best interests of adopted Chinese children.

Ⅱ. Agencies shall abide by related laws and regulations of China.

Agencies shall abide by the Adoption Law of the People’s Republic of China, the Measure for Registration of Adoption of Children by Foreigners in the People’s Republic of China and other related laws and regulations; Agencies shall also comply with CCCWA's regulations and requirements and offer active cooperation with us. For adoption agencies carrying out activities in mainland China, they shall abide by the requirements of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China.

Ⅲ. Agencies should be non-profit and qualified to carry out inter-country adoption .

Agencies should be authorized by their government with a Power of Attorney for carrying out inter-country adoption program. The Power of Attorney should be within its validity period. American adoption agencies should have Hague accreditation for inter-country adoption.

Agencies should be non-profit ones. American adoption agencies should be non-profit agencies with the legal status of 501 (C) 3 approved by the American Internal Revenue Service. Agencies may charge reasonable fees with no improper financial or other gains associated with inter-country adoption.

Ⅳ. Agencies should have a sound organizational structure and professional team specialized in inter-country adoption.

Agencies should have a sound organizational structure with clarified responsibilities for the board of directors and executive team. The constitution of the adoption agency should be in conformity with the purpose of inter-country adoption. The leader of an adoption agency should be an experienced professional specialized in inter-country adoption with high moral standards. The staff of adoption agencies should be well-educated with educational background or professional knowledge in fields such as social work, psychology, education, medical science, law, public policy or other related areas, and with experiences in family and child services.

V. Agencies should be able to provide a complete range of services in inter-country adoption.

The services mainly include:
1. Agencies should have a standardized working process and China adoption procedure, and be able to convey related Chinese adoption laws and regulations to adopters smoothly, truly and accurately.
2. Agencies should review the eligibility of foreigners adopting from China in accordance with the Review Points for Decision on the Eligibility of Foreigners Adopting from China and the Requirements for Adoption Application Dossiers Submitted by Foreigners. American agencies which are responsible for completing home study reports for adoptive parents should be Hague accredited, or have COA accreditation or child & family services accreditation.
Agencies should be able to provide pre-adoption training and related guidance and consulting services for prospective adoptive parents. The adoption training program should be provided via face-to-face training and coaching so as to assist the prospective adoptive parents to have a full understanding of the risks of inter-country adoption. Guidance should be provided for adoptive parents, especially those intend to adopt special needs or older children, to be fully prepared for adoption. In the meantime, agencies should be able to provide services for adoptive parents throughout the entire adoption process, especially providing consulting and guidance services for parents travelling to China for adoption.
Agencies should complete post-placement reports in accordance with the requirements in the Announcement on Reinforcing the Work of Post-Placement Reporting. Agencies should be able to provide supporting services to promote the bond between adoptees and adopters. In case of any changed situation of adoptees or violation of child rights and interests, adoption agencies should report to CCCWA promptly and take active measures to protect the rights and interests of the adoptees.

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