Waiting Child Adoption

Waiting Child Adoption

Waiting Child Adoption

Many children are currently waiting to be adopted because of their age, medical needs or status as a member of a sibling group.  These children are no less deserving of a family of their own, and Hand In Hand actively advocates for loving families for these waiting children.

Waiting children may need families who are open to various medical conditions from correctable to more significant, or they may need parents who are open to children over the age of six.  Many Hand In Hand families have brought home waiting children over the years.

Hand In Hand’s maintains lists of currently waiting children in…

  • the Philippines
  • China
  • Eastern Europe 

For more information about the Waiting Child Adoption Program, please Contact Vickie Truelove at our Indiana office.

Philippines: Special Home Find Program

Special Home Find is a process to find families for children in the Philippines who may have a special need, or are over 9 years old, or are part of a sibling group of 2 or more generally older children.

More detailed family requirements are available on Hand In Hand’s Philippines Adoption Program page, but exceptions to some of the family guidelines may be considered for the Special Home Find Program.

For more information about children who may currently be waiting in the Philippines, please Contact Vickie Truelove at our Indiana office.

China: Special Focus Program

Children in China are classified as “Special Focus” if they are identified as having a special need and they have not been matched to a family after at least one month of being available for matching. The child can be assigned to one agency to try to find a family for the child.

It is also possible to adopt more than one child at a time from China, either simultaneously or consecutively within one year, as long as at least one of them is considered “Special Focus”.

For more information about children who may currently be waiting in China, please Contact Vickie Truelove at our Indiana office.

Eastern European Waiting Children

Waiting Children in Eastern Europe are boys, girls and sibling sets who have been cleared for adoption and are waiting for families of their own.

Visit our Facebook page for children who may qualify as Waiting Children. Please be aware that more than one agency may be advocating for the same children, so those children may not still be available. As a reminder: it is never okay to share the information on other social media outlets.

If you would like more information about waiting children in Eastern Europe, please Contact Vickie Truelove at our Indiana office.

Next Steps

If you would like more information about a Waiting Child from China, the Philippines or Eastern Europe, contact a Hand In Hand office to have that child’s photos and complete medical and developmental information shared with you.

You may share the child’s information with your doctor or with one of the many recognized international adoption clinics. The Hand In Hand office can provide for a listing of these. If you decide to move forward, Hand in Hand will assist you in taking the next step!

Both families who already have an application with Hand in Hand on file and families who have not yet submitted an application may express interest in Waiting Children.

For more information about waiting children in the Philippines, China or Eastern Europe, contact Vickie Truelove at our Indiana office.