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china adoption inforrmationTaiwan Waiting Child Program

The Taiwan waiting child adoption program is an option for parents when considering an international adoption. There are many children living in orphanages in Taiwan who have special needs and who are available for adoption. These children have varying degrees of physical problems, some minor and some severe. Some children are considered special needs because they are over the age of 5 years, but many of these children have problems which might include sight impairment, hearing impairment, missing limbs, cleft palate, correctible heart defects, Hepatitis B, or other kinds of physical problems. Many families interested in adopting a special needs child may qualify for grant money or low interest loans to help defray the cost of adoption. If you would like to see pictures of our waiting children, please contact Kathy Junk at kathy@wiaa.org.

Taiwan Adoption Timeline

The timeline for adopting a special needs child from Taiwan can be about 12 months once the dossier is submitted to the orphanage in Taiwan.

Adoptive families must meet the requirements set by Taiwan officials in order to adopt.

  • Must be between 25 and 55 years old.
  • Married couple only. One divorce is allowed by each adopting parent.
  • Must be in good physical and emotional health.
  • Must be financially stable.
  • Cannot have more than 2 children currently living in the home. An exception may be made if adopting a child with special needs over the age of 5 years.
  • May not be taking anti-depressant medication.

Our office has pictures and medical information on children who are currently available. In order to be approved for a specific waiting child, families must have a completed home study which is submitted to the orphanage. Once the home study is reviewed by the orphanage director, the adoption process can begin. In order to submit the home study, a $500 application fee to Wasatch Adoptions is required as well as a $600 translation fee in order to translate the home study in to Chinese and submit it to the orphanage director. Because the orphanage works with many other agencies, once in a while there may be multiple applications for a specific child. If this is the case the prospective adoptive parents must understand that they may not be the family chosen for this child. However, this is rare, and in most cases the application for the child is successful. For more information about the adoption process in Taiwan see our FAQ page.

Fees for Taiwan Adoptions


Application Fee


Program Fee


Translation of Home Study


Home Study (Utah Clients)


Home Study Review
(Non Utah Clients)


Placement Fee


Post Adoption Report Fee
Utah Clients


Post Adoption Report Fee
Non Utah Clients


Taiwan government Fees


Orphanage Donation

$5,000 to $9000

Taiwan Coordinator Fee


Taiwan Guide Fee


Domestic Travel within Taiwan


Airfare and accommodations in Taiwan

$5,000 Per Couple (Approximate)

USCIS Fee - I600A


Authentication of Documents

$350 to $450

Courier Fees - Authentication of documents


FedEx Fees


Fingerprints $85 per person over the age of 18 living in the home.
* Country Fees are never to be considered a stable or set fee as it is not determined nor in the control of Wasatch International Adoptions. The Agency makes every effort to stay current as to fees but third party and country fees may change without notice or reason.*

For more information about adopting a child from Taiwain, contact kathy@wiaa.org.

Please note that the timeline for international adoption is not completely predictable and there could be many factors that might change our estimated timeline for completion. Some of these factors may include political upheaval, changes in policies and laws regarding adoption with foreign government officials or our own government, war, terrorism, natural disasters, the approval of the adoptive parents by either the U.S. government or the foreign government or possible reemergence of birth families. Wasatch does our best to help you as families to understand the realities of the international adoption process, but things can change quickly and timelines for adoption completion can lengthen through no fault of Wasatch International Adoptions.



**Note: Upon request, WIA will disclose the following: Service policy Contracts, the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption. To obtain this information please call our office.


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