Programs At A Glance

 ChinaKoreaThailand
Age of Applicant30 to 55, for Single female:

30 to 50. No more than 45 years between the parent and the child.

25 to 44. Age waiver to 49 for applicants that meet at least one of the following: one adoptive parent is of Korean Heritage; a Korean adoptee, or previously adopted from Korea.25 to 40
Marital Status2 years, if previous divorce, 5 years, limit of two divorces.

Single female living with a male partner, must meet the requirements of a married couple.

3 years, no more than one divorce per spouse.3 years, not more than two divorces.
Age at placement15 months and older18 to 30 months3 years and older
Gender PreferencePermitted, but boys are easier to match than girls.No Preference, more boys than girls. Possibly for Korean heritage, but a much longer process.Permitted, more boys than girls. Length of time will be longer if requesting a girl.
Family CompositionNo more than 5 children with the youngest at least 3 years old.

Single female, no more than 2 children, youngest at least 6 years old.

No more than 4 childrenDocumented infertility, no biological children.
IncomeNet worth of $80,000, minimum income of $30,000, or $10,000 per person living in the home. Single female, net worth of $100,000, minimum income of $20,000, or $10,000 per person living in the home.Combined income of $35,000 with financial security.Financial security
HealthShould not have significant medical conditions, chronic or infections illness. Some conditions controlled with medication are acceptable.Excellent health without major medical concerns, Body Mass Index (BMI) under 30%.Excellent health without major medical concerns.
Mental HealthConsidered on a case-by-case basis. Must be at lease two years from treatment of use of psychotropic medication.Considered on a case-by-case basis. Severe conditions would not be accepted.Considered on a case-by-case basis. Severe conditions would not be accepted.
EducationHigh School diploma or equivalent education.High School diplomaNone stated.
Prior ArrestWould consider minor offenses older than 10 years, no drug offenses.Would consider minor offenses older than 5 years, no drug offenses.Would consider minor offenses older than 5 years.
Length of Time12 to 15 months10 to 15 months24 to 36 months
PlacementsIn all states.In all states.In all states.
WaiversWhen adopting a waiting child, some requirements may be waived.Other than age restrictions for limited groups of applicants, (see above) waivers would be only for a special circumstance.Age restriction in limited situations or when adopting an older child. Possibly permit a biological child if there were secondary infertility.

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