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More on intercountry adoption

The Introduction Of Intercountry Adoption Fees

The Scottish Government began charging for intercountry adoption services from 1 January 2013.


Latest updates

February 2015: Intercountry adoption from Thailand

Thailand are only accepting 4 applications for adoption in 2015 from Scotland due to the number of applications still currently on the waiting list.  It is expected that, the waiting time before allocation of a child shall be approximately three years.

June 2013: Intercountry adoption from Ghana

We've been advised that the Government of Ghana has suspended the processing of all adoption cases, including intercountry adoptions. It is envisaged that the suspension will be in place for a minimum of twelve months whilst Ghana reviews its adoption procedures.

We understand that adoptions finalised before 30 April 2013 will not be affected.

January 2013: China Update

You may be aware that back in 2009 China changed their processes and required an accredited agency in order to operate the China Special Needs Programme. As the UK did not have any agencies accredited by China, this meant that the programme was not available to UK adopters.

The China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) has granted accreditation to The Intercountry Adoption Centre (IAC) and the China Special Needs Programme is now open again for adopters in Great Britain and the Isle of Man.

What is the China Special Needs Programme?

The IAC linking programme is a channel for prospective adoptive parents to be pre-matched with children on the CCCWA ‘shared list’ and the only route for applications to be matched with special needs children from China.