Adoption Update

The most up-to-date adoption news


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS:  The articles of law relating to adoption in Taiwan are found in the Civil Code (Family and Children Welfare Act in Book VI), Articles 1072 through 1083.

  • The adopting parents must be at least twenty years older than the child(ren) to be adopted.
  • No child adopted may be:
    1. Directly related by blood;
    2. Directly related by marriage, except in the adoption of the other spouse’s child as a stepchild; and
    3. Indirectly related by blood, such as cousins (unless removed by a certain degree), the spouse of a sibling, or a sibling of your spouse.  (Taiwan law is very detailed about what degree of indirect blood relation is excluded from adoption.  If prospective adoptive parents are concerned about possible blood ties with the child they wish to adopt, they should contact AIT for clarification before proceeding with the adoption.)

Taiwanese regulations further stipulate that adopting parents must be adults not older than 55 years of age.  A married person who adopts a child shall do so jointly with his/her spouse.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:  There are currently no residency requirements that prospective adoptive parents must meet in order to adopt an orphan from Taiwan.

TIME FRAME:  The average time to complete an international adoption in Taiwan is approximately 10 months from initial contact with the adoption agency in the U.S. until the immigrant visa is issued.

ADOPTION AGENCIES AND ATTORNEYS:  Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any adoption agency or facilitator they plan to use for adoption services.  For U.S. – based agencies, prospective adoptive parents can contact the Better Business Bureau and/or the licensing office of the appropriate state government agency in the U.S. state where the agency is located or licensed.  U.S. prospective adoptive parents interested in hiring a Taiwan attorney to assist them with this process may find a list of local attorneys at:

Please also see Important Notice Regarding Adoption Agents and Facilitators at our Web site


Court proceeding fee:   US $5
Taiwan passport application fee (regular passport):   US $30
Expedited application:   US $70
Taiwan Household Registry (HHR) application fee:   US $0.30 per copy
(All Taiwan citizens are part of a very efficient household registry system that tracks events such as births, deaths, marriage, and divorce)
Translation fees:   variable
Notary fees:   US $25 per document

ADOPTION PROCEDURES:  Most adoptions are processed through local orphanages identified by U.S. or other foreign-based adoption agencies. 

An application for adoption is first submitted to the Taiwan District Court.  After one to two months, the adoptive parent(s) or a designated representative will receive a notice to appear.  During this waiting period, a Taiwan social worker from the local bureau of social affairs or a designated agency will review the foreign (U.S.) home study.  After the hearing, the court will rule on the adoption (usually within two months) and publish a final ruling three weeks later. 

The third step is to register the adoption at the Taiwan Registrar’s office by submitting the original court ruling, final ruling, and the power of attorney certified at the Taiwan Foreign Affairs Police Station at the Taiwan Registrar’s office.  This usually takes only one hour.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION IN TAIWAN:  After a child has been identified, the prospective parents must submit the following documents to the Taiwan authorities to process the local adoption*:

  • Power of Attorney, in English and Chinese, appointing the Taiwan orphanage or social worker 
    to represent them;
  • U.S. home study and Chinese translation;
  • Evidence of prospective adoptive parents’ right to adopt in the United States (included in U.S.-certified home study)
  • I-797 approval notice of I-600A from DHS;
  • Copy of U.S. prospective adoptive parents’ home state adoption laws and Chinese translation;
  • Signed adoption agreement notarized by the TECO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office) having jurisdiction over the place of the parent(s)’ residence (in English and Chinese); and
  • Other documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) may be requested by the orphanage, agency, or Taiwan authorities.

*Chinese translations prepared in the U.S. must be certified by the TECRO/TECO office for that district and English versions must be notarized by a U.S. notary public.

ADOPTION BY U.S. CITIZENS RESIDENT IN TAIWAN:  In the event that U.S. citizens resident in Taiwan wish to adopt a child from Taiwan and obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for that child, they first need to obtain authorization from the Department of Homeland Security’s US Citizenship and Immigration Service (DHS/USCIS) regional office in Hong Kong

A U.S. citizen resident in Taiwan who is planning to return to the U.S. with an adopted child needs the following documentation to submit an I-600A package:

  • A completed I-600A;
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, (e.g. a U.S. passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, etc.);
  • Marriage certificate (if any) and evidence of termination of previous marriages (if any) for both prospective adoptive parents;
  • A certified U.S. home study prepared by an authorized or licensed individual or agency;
  • Evidence of compliance with state pre-adoption requirements, if any;
  • Fingerprints taken on U.S.G. FD-258 forms for every adult resident in the home, regardless of their citizenship or nationality, and;
  • A Taiwan police clearance for every adult resident in the home;

AIT can accept the fees for the I-600A, take the necessary fingerprints, and send the I-600A and other required documents directly to USCIS in Hong Kong for adjudication.

Note:  If U.S. citizens resident in Taiwan plan to remain in Taiwan with the child after the adoption, the child is not eligible for an IR-3 or IR-4 visa.  Such children may be eligible for IR-2 visas after two years of residency with the U.S. adoptive parents, or may obtain a B-2 nonimmigrant visa to travel to the U.S. for naturalization proceedings.  However, they do not go through the I-600A/I-600 process. 

The Community Services Center (CSC), located in Taipei, has U.S.-educated social workers who are authorized to prepare home studies for foreign adoptions.  For more information about conducting home studies in Taiwan, interested families may contact the CSC at:

Community Services Center
No. 25, Lane 290, Chung Shan North Road, Section 6
Taipei, Taiwan 111
Tel: 886-2-2836-8134 or 2838-4947
Fax: (886)-(2)-2835-2530

(All information is taken from the U.S. Department of State website)

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