New Beginnings Family and Children's Services

Last Updated February 2015

Self Report for China

China’s Central Authority, CCCWA has issued new post adoption requirements which allow families to complete self reports for the last three reports. This means that a social worker is no longer required to make a visit and write the report. The self report template is attached here for your reference. The self report must have all questions answered and be type written where indicated. We are required to submit these reports to CCCWA, with translations.

New Beginnings will notify our families when the reports are due and how to access the self-report form.

The self report is on a word document. As you are typing in your answers, adjustments to the page, such as deletion of returns, may need to be made to maintain the general format.

Please see below, our update of January 2015, for more on the new post adoption requirements and refunds.

Last Updated January 2015

China Post Adoption Schedule, effective January 1, 2015.

CCCWA has issued a number of changes for post-adoption.  For families that are currently having post-adoption services, some self reports will be permitted.  For families that are in the process of adopting, CCCWA has issued a new post-adoption schedule and will allow some self reports.  CCCWA’s new requirements allow for families that have a Travel Announcement January 1, 2015, to submit self report at two year, three year and five years.  For these families, the schedule is still the same.

TA Before 1/1/2015
1st Report 1 month
2nd Report 6 month
3rd Report 1 year
4th Report 2 years*
5th Report 3 years*
6th Report 5 years*
* Self Report Permitted

CCCWA has issued a number of changes for post-adoption.  For families that are currently having post-adoption services, some self reports will be permitted.  For families that are in the process of adopting, CCCWA has issued a new post-adoption schedule and will allow some self reports.  CCCWA’s new requirements allow for families that have a Travel Announcement before January 1, 2015, to submit self report at two year, three year and five years.  For these families, the schedule is still the same.

TA After 1/1/2015
1st Report 1 month
2nd Report 6 month
3rd Report 1 year
4th Report 2 years
5th Report 3 years*
6th Report 4 years*
7th Report 5 years*
* Self Report Permitted

For new families and families that are issued their TA after January 1, 2015, New Beginnings will continue to require a one month report.  There will now be a four year report required, but self reports will be permitted for the third, fourth and fifth year reports.

This change in post-adoption requirements will affect families differently, depending on where one is in the process, if New Beginnings is the placing agency, and if there a separate agency now doing post-adoption services.

Here are some scenarios to help our families figure out if and how the change in CCCWA’s policy will affect them:

Scenario One:  New Beginnings is my placing agency and home study agency.  I do not yet have a placement of a child.  How will the change affect me?  We will follow the new schedule for the reports.  Your Post-Adoption service fee will be reduced to account for the change in services with the self reports. In the coming month, you will receive a new Fee Disclosure.   

Scenario Two:  New Beginnings is my placing agency; however, my home study was done by another agency and that agency will be doing my post-adoption services.  I do not yet have a placement.  How will the change affect me?  We will follow the new schedule for the reports.  The New Beginnings’ fees associated with post-adoption services are for administrative expense, filings and translations.  This will not change.  You may contact your home study agency to determine which fees are being adjusted. 

 Scenario Three:  My child is home.  New Beginnings is my placing and home study agency, now doing post-adoption services.  How will the change affect me?  You are now permitted to submit self reports at two years, three years and five years.  A refund will be issued for post-adoption services after the self report and required documents and photos are submitted and approved. 

Scenario Four:  I would like to continue to have the social worker visit my home and do the report.  Do I have to do a self-report?  You can continue to have the New Beginnings’ social worker do the visit and write the reports.  To have the support of the social worker is beneficial and can continue. 

Scenario Five:  I am with New Beginnings and my child is home. New Beginnings is the placing agency, but my home study was done by another agency and that agency is doing my post-adoption services.  You are now permitted to submit self reports at two years, three years and five years.  The fees paid to New Beginnings in connection to post-adoption services were for administrative expense, filings and translations.  You may contact your home study agency to determine what fees will be refunded.  If the agency permits, you can continue to have the agency do the visit and submit the reports. 

Scenario Six:  Another agency did the adoption placement and my child is home, but I used New Beginnings for the home study and post adoption services.  If self reports are permitted by your placing agency, and you choose to do the self reports, a refund is available for the two, three and five year reports upon request. 

Scenario Seven:  I am using New Beginnings for home study services and another agency will be doing the placement.  Unless otherwise informed by the placing agency, we will follow the new schedule and adjust our fees accordingly.

Scenario Eight:  Could there be a situation in which we would be instructed to have the social worker do the report?  There are many older children and children with special needs placed.  If there are significant adjustment issues or other concerns with the adoption, we will continue to provide the support needed and have the social worker do the report.  If the self report were not submitted or inadequately done, the social worker would conduct the visit and write the report.

Scenario Nine:  I was using Homeland Adoption Services and my case has been transferred to New Beginnings.  I am not sure what scenario my case falls under.  • If HAS was your placing agency and a New Beginnings’ social worker is now doing post-adoption services, this would fall under Scenario Three.  • If HAS was your placing agency and another agency did your home study and is now doing your post-adoption services, this would fall under Scenario Five.  • If another agency was your placing agency, HAS did the home study and New Beginnings is now doing your post-adoption services, this would fall under Scenario Six

Updated January 2015

CCCWA has expanded the eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents (PAPs).  Previously single applicants could only be matched a ‘special focus’ child.   Now, CCCWA will allow single mothers to adopt children from the shared list or be matched with a child without special needs.  The age requirements have be relaxed as well.  For PAPs older than 50, the age difference between the PAP and the adoptee should be no more the 50 years.  If it is a couple that is adopting, it is the age of the younger spouse that prevails.

CCCWA has changed the schedule for post-adoption reports and will allow for the submission of self-reports after three years.   We will be posting an update on this in the coming days.

Updated March 2011

The length of time for a healthy child from the China Adoption Program continues to lengthen. It is now more than 5 years. New Beginnings does not encourage new families to enter the China adoption program at this time unless they are open to a waiting child (a child with special needs or a healthy older child over age 6). For families open to a waiting child, their adoption process can be significantly shorter depending on the needs they are open to. Chinese heritage couples may be expedited in the non-special needs program provided they meet all conditions. Expedited adoptions for Chinese-heritage couples is currently 12 months faster than the regular program.

The China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCCWA) has just announced that single women may once again adopt in China beginning March 15, 2011. The new singles program is specific to finding families for children designated as Special Focus. This designation usually indicates the child has a special need, is pre-school or school age and has been on the shared waiting list for more than 60-days. It can also indicate a non-special needs child of school age who has been on the shared waiting list for more than 60-days.

The following is the full text of CCCWA’s notice:

Government departments and adoption agencies in receiving countries, in order to promote special needs child adoption and guarantee the basic interests of the orphaned and disabled children, CCCWA decided to accept the adoption applications from female single applicants to adopt according to the requirements listed in this notice, starting from March 15, 2011:

  • Female single applicants are allowed to adopt special focus children listed on the special Needs System of CCCWA.
  • One applicant can only adopt one special focus child at a time, with an interval of at least one year between two adoptions.
  • The applicant shall have reached the age of 30 years and is under 50. For applicants over 50, the age difference between the child to be adopted and the applicant shall be no more than 45 years.
  • The applicant shall provide her civil status certificate. Unmarried applicants shall provide certification for being single and non-homosexual; divorced applicants shall provide the divorce certificate of the last marriage; and widowed applicants shall provide the death certificate of their ex-spouse.
  • The reason of being single and attitude towards marriage. Applicants shall have clear indication of willingness to appoint male figures as role models for the adopted child, and welcome male friends to join family gatherings.
  • Applicants shall have received inter-country adoption training and training specifically for special needs child adoption so as to understand fully the physical and psychological needs of special needs children.
  • Detailed nurturing and rehabilitation plan. Applicants shall be qualified personally and socially for caring special needs children and have wide social and family supporting network which can provide assistance at any time.
  • Guardians appointed by the applicants shall provide written statement as consent to act as the guardian of the adopted child. X. If the applicant has a stable relationship and lives with a male partner, the requirements of couple applicants shall be applied.
  • Applicants shall be healthy both physically and mentally according to the requirements by CCCWA for prospective adoptive couples.
  • Applicants shall be law abiding with no criminal records, and have good moral quality and conduct.
  • The family annual income shall reach $10,000 per family member, including the prospective adoptee and the family net assets value should reach $100,000.
  • The applicant shall have good medical insurance which can cover the medical expense of the adopted child.
  • Applicants shall be experienced in child caring or be occupied in child-related fields, such as doctor, nurse, teacher, child psychological counselor, etc. It’s best that the applicants have already had successful experience in caring for special needs children.
  • The number of children in the applicant’s family under the age of 18 years shall be no more than two, and the youngest one should have reached the age of 6 years old.
  • Applicants shall be fully prepared for adopting a special focus child.
  • Social workers shall provide the following information fully and timely in the home study reports besides family visit interviews: Adoption motive. The decision to adopt a special focus child shall be well-considered. Applicants shall be capable of caring for a special need child and be responsible for the well-being of the child.