Adoption from China is now mediated in Ireland by Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency [HHAMA] and the most up-to-date process information is available from HHAMA.
It is true to say that adoption from China on the non-medical needs programme has changed dramatically since 1999 with waiting time now over 9 years. This is no longer a realistic option for families now considering adoption from China.
The adoption programme which may now be an option for those who wish to adopt from China is referred to as the ‘Special needs programme’ by the Chinese Authorities. This programme is mediated in Ireland by HHAMA. We refer to this option as the Additional Medical Needs Programme.
During your assessment with your social worker you will agree to consider adopting a child with a variety of medical needs, these can be mild to moderate as discussed with your doctor, and these determine the basis of the medical needs you can be considered suitable and willing to adopt.
It is a complex subject and one which we highly recommend applicants discus with HHAMA early in the assessment process – at or prior to TUSLA Prep Course if possible.