With the best interest of the family in mind, and in consideration of the foreign adoption process, the agency has implemented the following pregnancy/birth policy. Prospective adoptive applicant(s) that become pregnant prior to the referral of a child will be required by the agency to terminate the adoption process, unless otherwise stated. The definition of “referral of a child ” varies per international program and is defined in the country specific paragraphs below.
If a pregnancy/birth occurs after the referral of a child, as defined below, applicant(s) have the option of continuing with their adoption or withdrawing from the program.
CHINA If a child is born to a family after the dossier is submitted to CCCWA, the family may be placed on hold for up to six months to ensure that the child by birth and the child by adoption are at least nine months apart in age with the child by adoption being the youngest (see Child Spacing policy). If the six month hold is not enough time to ensure the above spacing, CCCWA will return the family’s dossier. Furthermore, CCCWA requires that at least twelve months have passed from the birth of the biological child to the placement of the adopted child. A family may be able to have their dossier placed on hold for up to six months to ensure this, but if not possible, the dossier will then be returned to the family.
Due to the complexity of this issue, complicated by the uncertainty of the wait time for referral, the agency strongly recommends that if a family plans to have a child by birth, that the birth of the child not occur until after the adoptive placement.
If it is necessary for the family to discontinue the adoption process or if the family chooses to withdraw due to a pregnancy/birth, fees paid to the agency will be non-refundable. The applicants may or may not receive a refund of the international program fee paid to the contact in China, which is solely at the discretion of the China contact. The agency will not be held responsible for the return of these monies paid to the China contact.
ETHIOPIA | GHANA If a pregnancy occurs prior to the acceptance of a referral, the applicant(s) would be required to discontinue the adoption process. Once a referral has been accepted, the applicant(s) would be allowed to proceed or withdraw, dependent on their wishes. If the Ethiopia/Ghana applicant(s) must discontinue the adoptive process or chooses to withdraw, fees paid to the agency will be nonrefundable. If a withdrawal occurs due to a pregnancy, the applicant(s) may or may not receive a refund of the international program fee paid to the contact in Ethiopia/Ghana, which is solely at the discretion of the Ethiopia/Ghana contact. The agency will not be held responsible for the return of these monies paid to the Ethiopian/Ghanaian contact.
NOTE: The timing of when applicant(s) can again pursue one of the agency’s adoption programs should be discussed with the administration, with the input of the program manager, always taking into consideration a.) the Child Spacing policy, b.) the clinical advisability of proceeding with adoption placement plans, c.) the policy of the foreign country, or their provider agency, d.) the ages of the children involved, and e.) the applicant(s) wishes.