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Thursday17 April 2014

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 From:Eligibility
Criteria:
Children Who
Need Families:
Estimated Wait Time and
Travel Requirements:

Burundi

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 30-55

Age 2+

PROGRAM ON HOLD TO NEW APPLICANTS

PILOT PROGRAM- unpredictable wait times, expected 12-18 month range

One 3-week trip, 1-4 months after referral

China

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 30-54

SINGLE WOMEN Age 30+
Special Focus Children only

All ages with mild to significant medical needs

Matched within 1-3 months of program application

One 2-week trip, 5-8 months after referral or
9-12 months for non-dossier ready families matched with Special Focus children

Colombia

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25+

SINGLE WOMEN and MEN
Age 25+
Must be open to children age 7+

Age 7+, sibling groups and waiting children

12-24 months for children age 7+

One 6-week trip, about 6 weeks after referral

Costa Rica

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25-57

SINGLE WOMEN and MEN
Age 25-57

Age 8+, sibling groups and waiting children

PILOT PROGRAM - unpredictable wait times, expected 12-24 months

One 4-6 week trip, 3-5 months after referral

Ethiopia

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25-55

SINGLE WOMEN
Age 25-55

WHFC Horizons Kids only: waiting children age 7+, school-aged sibling groups

Immediately upon successful completion of program application and dossier

Two trips, one 4-day trip and a second 1-week trip, 5-10 months after referral

Korea

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25-44

Age 1-2, toddlers, twins (on occasion), waiting children

12-15 months after dossier submission

Two trips of 7-10 days each, 15-24 months after referral

Philippines

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MARRIED COUPLES Age 27+

All ages, waiting children

36-42 months after dossier submission
24-30 months for families of Filipino heritage

One 1-week trip, 4-6 months after referral

Rwanda

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 30-50

Older infants, children up to age 7

PROGRAM ON HOLD TO NEW APPLICANTS

PILOT PROGRAM - unpredictable wait times

One 3-week trip, 1-4 months after referral

Taiwan

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MARRIED COUPLES
Age 25-55

All ages, sibling groups, waiting children

12-24 months after dossier submission

One 1-week trip, 12-15 months after referral

United States

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MARRIED COUPLES

SINGLE WOMEN and MEN

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

Newborn infants; children over
age 1 on occasion

1 day-36 months; current average wait is 11-15 months from completion of home study to arrival

Travel to child's birth place required