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Taiwan’s Orphans

8. August, 2016UncategorizedNo comments


Taiwan Orphan

Our experience of orphanage conditions in Taiwan has been very good. Babies often stay in the orphanage until the age of two, after which they try to provide government based foster families. That way a child will have the experience of adjustment in a normal family unit instead of an institution. For special needs children they try to provide early treatment to ensure the child has the best chance possible to thrive.

According to The Department of State Website in regards to who can be adopted:

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Taiwan has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption:

  • Relinquishment:  Where the biological mother is alive and her whereabouts known, the Family Court will request a written, signed relinquishment document. 
  • Abandonment:  A legal determination of abandonment by a court is usually required.
  • Age of Adoptive Child:  An adoptive child must be at least 20 years younger than the adopted parent. If the adoptive parents are married, the child must be at least 20 years younger than one spouse and at least 16 years younger than the other spouse.
  • Sibling Adoptions:  None
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions:  None
  • Waiting Period or Foster Care:  NoneIn addition, no child may be adopted who is:
    • directly related by blood to the prospective adoptive parents (for example: grandparents cannot adopt their grandchildren);
    • directly related by marriage, except in the adoption of the other spouse’s child as a stepchild (for example: A parent-in-law cannot adopt his/her son-in-law or daughter-in-law); or
    • indirectly related by blood or marriage, such as cousins (unless removed by a certain degree), the spouse of a sibling, or a sibling of your spouse.  (Note: 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.)

    Caution:  Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.


For more information about adopting from Taiwan email us at or call us at 435-986-1617


The American Definition of the word “Orphan”

21. July, 2016UncategorizedNo comments

Boy Orphan

What does the word “Orphan” really mean and why is it important for prospective adoptive parents to understand the legal term completely? The main reason is that not all children that seem available, really are.

Under U.S. immigration law, an orphan is a foreign child who does not have any parents because of the death or disappearance of, abandonment or desertion by, or separation or loss from, both parents. An orphan can also be a foreign-born child with a sole or surviving parent who is unable to provide for the child’s basic needs, consistent with the local standards of the foreign sending country, and has, in writing, irrevocably released the child for emigration and adoption.

What this law means is that there is no grey area as to the availability of the child to become legally adoptable.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides a definition of an orphan for the purposes of immigration to the United States.

A child may be considered an orphan because of the death or disappearance of, abandonment or desertion by, or separation or loss from, both parents. The child of an unwed mother or surviving parent may be considered an orphan if that parent is unable to care for the child properly and has, in writing, irrevocably released the child for emigration and adoption. The child of an unwed mother may be considered an orphan, as long as the mother does not marry (which would result in the child’s having a stepfather) and as long as the child’s biological father has not legitimated the child. If the father legitimates the child or the mother marries, the mother is no longer considered a sole parent. The child of a surviving parent may also be an orphan if the surviving parent has not married since the death of the other parent (which would result in the child’s having a stepfather or stepmother).

Note: Prospective adoptive parents should be sure that a child fits the definition of ”orphan” before adopting a child from another country, because not all children adopted abroad meet the definition of “orphan,” and therefore may not be eligible to immigrate to the United States.”

Make sure that you have the child’s historical facts complete and in writing when adopting an international child. That way you and the child will be protected from any misunderstanding regarding his/her future U.S. citizenship.


Ethiopian Dignitaries Visit Northern Utah Families

13. July, 2016Featured, UncategorizedNo comments

West Sands Adoptions thanks our wonderful Northern Utah families for opening up their hearts and homes to four Ethiopian officials who visited in late June, 2016. It was a joyous and successful visit in which children were able to see these important guests from their country. Many children did native dances, played instruments, and otherwise entertained the distinguished guests with their giggles and playfulness. The feelings of warmth and love were overwhelming. The dignitaries talked with the children and had a wonderful time seeing how well they are thriving in their new homes. Because of the generosity and hospitality of these wonderful adoptive families and their children, the meetings, gatherings, and visit with our Ethiopian officials went very well. Thank you everyone who participated in these important events.

Orphanage Safe from Devastation from Super Typhoon Nepartak in Taiwan

12. July, 2016UncategorizedNo comments



The orphanage that is in Tainan, which is south of Taiwan, sustained rain, but had no major damage from the typhoon. Thankfully all the children are safe.

Typhoon Nepartak had a Category  4 strength as it came ashore in southeastern Taiwan Friday morning, with winds of 150 mph, according to radar data. After lashing the island nation, the storm spun across the Taiwan Strait into China, where it lashed the east coast with powerful winds and heavy rains Saturday, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, according to

At least three people in Taiwan have died in the storm and more than 100 were injured, according to the Associated Press.

Nepartak brought down trees and damaged buildings in Taitung City and other towns in southeastern Taiwan. About 390,000 households were without power.

Disaster response officials told the AP they remain concerned that the heavy rains brought by the storm would trigger floods and landslides in the rugged terrain.