Tuesday, November 30, 2010


This changes EVERYTHING!!  Well, maybe not everything, but it changes some big stuff!  Recently, the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) released a statement that said a family could adopt two children at the same time (under the same dossier) if one was labeled or categorized as "Special Focus".  These Special Focus children are all Special Needs children though not all Special Needs children are Special Focus (does that make sense?).  I'm not sure how or why they categorize these children but it was a big step that the CCAA would allow you to adopt two children at the same time.  In some rare circumstances, they had allowed this to happen in the past but to now have an official policy on this was great news.  Now, the CCAA has subsequently made this statement as well:

Additionally, CCAA has just announced that families may adopt two children using the same dossier if at least one child is designated as “Special Focus”...  even if the family has already returned home with their first child. The application for the second child must be received less than 1 year after the first child’s adoption.

That is HUGE!  The second child still must be considered Special Focus, but to use the same dossier within a year of returning from China has several enormous benefits in my eyes.

1.  You don't have to start from scratch and create a new dossier.  This is monumental.  That dossier paperwork was going to be the death of me.  Some people get it finished in mere weeks while I took 18  months!

2.  And if you want to, you can come home, settle in, get that attachment and bonding going well then send in your application for another child within a year!

This is so exciting to see the CCAA getting proactive about their adoptions - making it easier and less time consuming to adopt!  Especially for those special needs adoptions - so wonderful!

Until next time...


  1. We missed this by one year. We certainly would have taken advantage of the extension. So glad to see China making things easier

  2. This is such great news! So sweet to see your little one snuggled up with ours at Awanas the other night! Love these girls! Praying more sweet babies come home to their forever families soon!


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