- 09-01-2008, 09:19 PM #9Registered User
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- Sep 2008
- hong kong
international adoption living in hong kong
I'd like to know if it is possible to adopt child from other country living in Hong Kong.
I'm Italian an will move to HK in 2 months with my husband, we would like to adopt, a HK child or from any other countries as well. I know I will have to be in HK for at least 12 month before we can start the procedures, this is also nessesary if you adopt a foreing child?
Is there are in HK other international adoptions agencies as in Europe?
- 09-01-2008, 09:28 PM #10
The US Consulate website has good information that applies to all those interested in adopting from HK.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS: Ethnic Chinese are preferred by the government of Hong Kong for adoption. However, non-ethnic Chinese may also adopt if willing to consider an older child or a child with special needs.
Married couples seeking to adopt in Hong Kong should be at least 25 years old and in good physical and mental health. Prospective adoptive parents over age 45 will be considered for adoption if they are willing to accept older children or children with special needs. Parents who already have a special needs child stand a better chance of being approved to adopt a child suffering from complicated illnesses. Prospective adoptive parents should be prepared to prove that their income exceeds the Medium Monthly Domestic Household Income set by the Social Welfare Department. The Medium Monthly Domestic Household Income requires that after a family has paid all monthly necessary expenditures (such as the mortgage, loans, insurance, helper wages, tuition, etc.), a minimum level of funds are left over for incidental expenses – a family of 3 must show monthly funds of HK$16,000 and a family of 4 must show monthly funds of HK$19,800. The Medium Monthly Domestic Household Income is not available publicly – interested parties should contact the Social Welfare Department directly. Couples residing outside of Hong Kong must submit their tax returns and complete a questionnaire for the Social Welfare Department detailing their financial assets.
Single parents over 25 years old may also apply for adoptions. Preference is given to single parents with special parental skills, such as nursing or social work skills. Some single parents have found that their chances of being approved for adoption in Hong Kong increase if they agree to adopt a child with special needs. Single parents who already have a special needs child stand a better chance of being matched with a special needs adoptee. Single parents must also demonstrate that they possess adequate financial resources -- see paragraph above for details on minimum income.
ADOPTION AUTHORITY IN HONG KONG:
The government office responsible for adoptions in Hong Kong is the Adoption Unit of the Social Welfare Department
Social Welfare Department
38 Pier Road
Harbor Building 4/F.
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2852-3107
Fax: (852) 2851-9189
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.info.gov.hk/swd
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