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Tuesday26 May 2015

Programs at a Glance

An overview of our adoption programs appears below. Click on the country name for more detailed information. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country, not WHFC. At this time there are no international programs open to gay or lesbian applicants, married or single; however, we welcome applications to our Domestic Program. Please contact us for more information on your program of interest.

Adopting fromEligibility
Criteria
Children Who
Need Families
Estimated Wait Time and
Travel Requirements

Burundi

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 30-55

Age 2-7 years

Families may request gender when adopting children age 5+

FAMILIES NEEDED!

12-18 months for referral

One 3-4-week trip; travel 6-12 months after acceptance of referral

China

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 30 or older, with youngest spouse no more than 50 years older than the child

SINGLE WOMEN
Age 30 or older, with applicant no more than 45 years older than the child

All ages with mild to significant medical needs

FAMILIES NEEDED!

1-3 months for referral
 
One 2-week trip; travel 5-6 months after referral; 9-10 months for non-dossier ready families matched with Special Focus Children

Colombia

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25 or older

SINGLE WOMEN
and MEN
Age 25 or older

Age 7+
Sibling groups
Waiting children

Families of Colombian heritage may adopt children under age 8, depending on age of applicants

FAMILIES NEEDED for "host/adopt" program with Kidsave; children adopted through Kidsave will arrive home in under 1 year

12-24 months for referral; families of Colombian heritage can expect an expedited process

12-36 months for families of Colombian heritage adopting a child under age 7

One 6-week trip travel about 8 weeks after referral

Costa Rica

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ON HOLD TO NEW
APPLICANTS - please contact us for other program options

 

 

       

South Korea

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25-44

Up to age 50 years for families who meet one of the following criteria:
- Both spouses are
  Korean-American;
- At least one spouse
  is a Korean
  adoptee;
- Family has adopted
  from Korea
  previously

The approved home study must be complete before the applicants 45th or 50th birthday

Toddler
Twins (on occasion)

FAMILIES NEEDED!

Under 12 months for referral

Two trips of 7-10 days each; travel 12-15 months after referral, possibly sooner for families of Korean heritage

Philippines

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 27 or older; adoptive mother must be no more than 45 years older than the child

Age 1-8
Waiting children

FAMILIES NEEDED!

Up to 3 years for referral of children under age 3; 18-24 months for families of Filipino heritage

One 1-week trip; travel 4-6 months after referral

Taiwan

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ON HOLD TO NEW APPLICANTS - please contact us for other program options

 

 

United States

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MARRIED COUPLES

SINGLE WOMEN and MEN

Adoptive parent(s) are selected based on expectant parent preferences

Open to WHFC full-service families only

Newborn infants

FAMILIES URGENTLY NEEDED for children of all races and ethnicities

Arrival 1-12 months after completion of home study; several factors influence wait times

Travel to child's birth place required