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Building Your Family: Getting Started in Taiwan Adoption

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Taiwan Adoption

Taiwan Fast Facts:

  • 2012 Adoptions: 177 children
  • Hague Accredited: No
  • Estimated Total Cost: $20,000 to $35,000
  • Profile of Children: 43% are under one year old. 35% are between one and four years old. 60% are boys (2011).
  • Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be at least 20 years older than the adoptive child. For married couples, one spouse must be at least 20 years older, and the other must be at least 16 years older than the child.
  • Family Status: Married couples must adopt jointly. Single parents may adopt. Taiwan does not specifically prohibit adoption by gay and lesbian parents, but same-sex marriages are not recognized.
  • Travel: Parents should plan to travel to Taiwan for at least a week.
  • Timeline: Generally one to three years. Waits are shorter for older or special needs children.

Taiwan Adoption Directory

Find an adoption agency placing children from Taiwan in your state:


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The United States does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, so all consular functions are handled by the nonprofit American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). Children are cared for in orphanages; however, not all children in orphanages are adoptable. Some are placed there temporarily when their relatives are unable to care for them. Taiwan has detailed laws concerning adoption between blood relatives, and adoption in certain relationships is not allowed.

For more information, visit www.adoption.state.gov. View photos and get parent-to-parent advice in our online community, www.adoptivefamilies
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