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Adoption

Criteria for adoption of a PRC child

You are required to meet criteria set by the China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to adopt a PRC child.

For more information, you wish to refer to Adoption Law of the People’s Republic of China.

(A) Child is from social welfare institution

You are required to meet the following requirements:

Marital Status

You and your spouse must be a couple of one male and one female with a stable marital relationship. You and your spouse should not have more than 2 ex-marriages. If either spouse had a previous marriage, the length of your current marriage must have reached 5 years.

Age

You should be at least 30 years old and under 50 years old.

For adoption of children with special needs, prospective adopters must be at least 30 years old and under 55 years old.

Finances

You should be financially stable. Your annual household income per capita (i.e total annual income of family divided by the number of family members) must be at least US$10,000. The value of net assets of your family should be at least US$80,000.

Health

You should be physically and mentally healthy.

Nationality

At least one of you must be a Singapore Citizen. The other should be Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Family Size

Your family should not have more than 5 children.

Qualifications

You must have received education of at least senior high school (equivalent to GCE ‘A’ Level) or vocational skills training (equivalent to a National ITE Certificate).

Criminal Records

You must not have any criminal records for offences such as child abuse, sexual offences, violent offences, and drug or alcohol abuse among others.

Training and reference letters

You and your spouse are required to:

  • undergo at least 12 hours of training from an accredited agency on adoption
  • provide at least 3 reference letters from adult children (18 years old and above) from your marriage or teachers of your young children

(B) Your stepchild

You are required to meet the following requirements:

Nationality

At least one of you must be a Singapore Citizen. The other should be Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or an Employment Pass Holder.

Consent from natural parents

You must obtain consent from the natural parents giving up the child for adoption. If the natural parent(s) is/are deceased or missing, you must produce the death certificate(s) or make an application to the Chinese court to declare that the natural parent(s) is/are deceased.

Approval from provincial government

You are to inform the biological parents of the child to seek the approval of the Civil Affairs Department of their local provincial government for the adoption.

(C) A related child

You are required to meet the following requirements:

Nationality

At least one of you must be a Singapore Citizen. The other should be Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or an Employment Pass Holder.

Consent from natural parents

You must obtain consent from the natural parents giving up the child for adoption. If the natural parent(s) is/are deceased or missing, you must produce the death certificate(s) or make an application to the Chinese court to declare that the natural parent(s) is/are deceased.

Relationship

The child to be adopted must belong to a collateral relative by blood of the same generation and up to three degrees of kinship, such as a niece or nephew whose parent is a sibling or cousin of yours.

Approval from provincial government

You are to inform the biological parents of the child to seek the approval of the Civil Affairs Department of their local provincial government for the adoption

Last Reviewed On Tue, Dec 20, 2016