Adopting from Hong Kong
|Age||25 and up. Maximum age is flexible, depending on the child to be adopted.|
|Marriage||Minimum of 3 years; 5 years is preferred if there are multiple divorces.|
|Singles||Accepted with pre-approval from the Hong Kong government. Must have sufficient support and child care ability.|
|Income||Must meet USCIS Poverty Guidelines and demonstrate sufficient income for household size. Hong Kong prefers a minimum household income of $30,000.|
|Children at Home||Accepted with documentation of sufficient resources to care for additional children. Large families will be given greater scrutiny. Some large families and single applicants with children have been denied, and it is recommended that larger families seek pre-approval. Please note that the youngest child in the home must be one years old by Home Study completion.|
|Criminal||Hong Kong will not accept families with multiple offenses; however, a DUI over 10 years prior may be accepted, and will be assessed during the home study.|
|Health of Adoptive Parents||Medical support letters will be requested if there are additional concerns (including being overweight), and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.|
One trip of 4-7 days is required.
|Please use our new fee calculator to get an estimate of fees for adopting from Hong Kong.|
In 1999, Bethany began a partnership with Mother’s Choice, a Christian social service organization whose focus is finding adoptive homes for children with special placement needs. In 2004, we began to partner with International Social Services to facilitate international adoptions. More recently, we have begun to work with Po Leung Kuk. Bethany is the only U.S. agency that partners with all three of these organizations in Hong Kong.
The children are from 6 months to 15 years of age. Both boys and girls are eligible for adoption; there are, however, more boys than girls. Siblings and twins are rare. All children are considered to have special placement needs. There are three categories: older kids with attachment or adjustment issues; children with medical and/or development needs; or children with birthparent issues. Some children available for adoption reside at a small family-type residence while other children are in foster care, small group homes, hospitals, or specialized boarding schools.
General Requirements FAQs
Do I have to travel to pick up my child?
Yes, at least one trip to the child’s country of origin is required. Bethany strongly encourages both parents to travel to pick up their child.
Disclosure of information: How much of my personal history do I need to disclose?
In order for Bethany to fully advocate for children and support its adoptive families, full disclosure of information is imperative. All criminal and drug histories must be disclosed, including those that have been expunged. Failure to disclose can result in delays, extra expenditures and termination of contractual agreements. A history of a DUI conviction is discussed during the home study and is reviewed by the countries on a case by case basis.
What medical histories are accepted for adoptive families?
Applicants must document that they are in good physical and mental health. A Physician’s Report for adoption for each parent must be included with a family’s formal application. Each country is specific in which medical conditions it will accept in an adoptive parent.
What are the costs of an international adoption?
The costs incurred during the process of the adoption include country fees, Bethany fees, travel costs, immigration fees and other fees such as shipping and translation of documents. The total cost will vary depending on the country chosen. Minimum total costs are approximately $25,000. Financial assistance may be available.
What if I have a DUI conviction from 10 years ago?
Some countries that Bethany works with will accept a DUI conviction that occurred in the past; these cases are reviewed by the countries on a case by case basis.
What is required after the adoption?
Depending on the country, Post-placement Reports are required. These reports are a summary of the assessment completed during each post-placement visit and are sent to the child’s country of origin with photographs