Q: Why did you choose to adopt from Taiwan?

A: We first considered Guatemala, but because of the instability of the program, we started looking elsewhere. We looked at many countries and their requirements. We like Taiwan for several reasons, including the overall health of the children, the time required in the country to complete the adoption and the possibility that some of our child’s medical history may be available from the birthmother.

The child we will be adopting will likely be cared for at St. Lucy’s Orphanage in Tainan, Taiwan. We have heard wonderful things about this orphanage from other adoptive parents.

Taiwan requires adoptive parents to spend only about a week in the country to complete the adoption. Some other countries require a significantly longer stay. We are excited to visit Taiwan – we have heard that it is a beautiful country.

Q: How long is the process?

A: The current estimate for a boy or a girl is 12-18 months for a referral. After we accept a referral of a child, it will take 4-6 months for the adoption paperwork to be filed and processed by the Taiwanese courts. We will travel to pick up our child once the courts have issued a final decree in favor of adoption.

Q: How old will your child be when he or she comes home?

A: We have requested an infant boy or girl. Our hope is that our child will be 8-10 months old when we bring him or her home.

  1. Erin Pote says:

    The children here is Taiwan are just so precious! I wish you all the best in your adoption. I looked up the St. Lucy Center and I was thinking I could try and volunteer there. With 3 small kids of my own I don’t have a lot of time but I would love to do it! Maybe I could get my husband and some of his teammates to go visit there? I will ask our interpreter and see. If I can be of any help while I’m here please let me know!!!

  2. Lauren says:

    Just came across your blog. My husband and I are praying about adoption and looking into Taiwan as our country of choice. Noticed you haven’t posted recently, did your family recieve your child yet? Our family would appriciate any help on adoption, thanks!

  3. Joan says:

    Thanks for blogging – it’s helpful to get a feel for what is involved in adopting from Taiwan. I am wondering whether you would feel comfortable recommending a few agencies for those interested in adopting from Taiwan?

  4. Cindy says:

    Hi Joan – Sorry for taking so long to respond to your question. I would suggest talking to For Every Child Adoption Services (based in Utah) and Heartsent International (based in California) if you want to adopt from Taiwan. Both of those agencies have been working in Taiwan for many years and I have heard very positive reviews from families who have adopted from both. We adopted through For Every Child both times. Cindy

  5. Patrick says:

    Thanks for sharing. We have been thinking about to adopt from Taiwan. Your blogsite is a good start. I will check out those agencies that you refer in your responses.

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