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Over the years, The Barker Adoption Foundation has participated in several China Waiting Children programs.

We have established a long-term relationship with the China Center for Children’s Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) as a result of many years of successfully placing these waiting children in loving homes. Barker accesses waiting-children files through The Shared List Program, a CCCWA-maintained electronic and secure listing of adoptable children with identified medical conditions. Please contact if you are interested in learning more about the children in our programs.

To hear more about adopting a child through this program, watch this video from the couple shown here who shared their thoughts about the adoption process and their personal experience.  The ages of children in the China Waiting Children Program include infants through children age 14. However, Barker foucuses on placing children up to 6 years old. They have a wide range of special needs. Some have minor correctable needs, while others have more severe and permanent medical needs. Children who are older than age 10 and don’t have known medical needs also are sometimes placed through this program. For families who are not yet familiar with what it might mean to adopt one of these amazing waiting children, this video explains far better than words can. Thank you to Love Without Boundaries for creating this video and allowing us to share it with you.

Process & Timeline

The process and timeline for adopting a waiting child are similar to those of the traditional China program. The differences are as follows:

  1. The family completes a special-needs checklist for Barker to use in identifying a prospective child who best fits the family’s honest assessment of their capacity to care for a range of special needs. The more flexible the family feels they can be, the less time it takes to identify a child.
  2. Barker staff will look for a child matching the circumstances that the family has indicated they are open to and then offers the child’s file to the family for consideration. This step can happen as early as the time of home study completion, but it typically takes place after a family has submitted their dossier paperwork to China.
  3. Once a child’s file is given to a family, the family has a set period to review the file and make a decision to either move forward or decline the match.
  4. After the family has submitted their dossier and decided to move forward with the adoption, the family can expect to travel to China between four and six months later to adopt the child.