The Tanis Family Adoption Story – From Taiwan to China and Back

Tanis FamilyThe Tanis Brothers are excited for their new sister!

“In late 2014, our family started our very first adoption process. All we knew back then was that because we were not yet 30 years old, we had limited countries to choose from since we wanted to adopt internationally. Because of that, we decided on Taiwan. After speaking with our social worker, she advised us to look into China. At the time, orphanage partnerships were still in place, so waiting until we were 29.5 to apply and submit our Medical Conditions Checklist AND turn 30 would take less time than a Taiwan adoption. We chose CCAI as our placement agency because of the numerous recommendations, speaking of their integrity and transparency.

In January 2016, we submitted our dossier, and in June 2016, we brought home our son Jordan (or Jet), born with complex congenital heart defects. As soon as Jet recovered from his heart surgery in April 2017, we knew he needed a sibling (actually, we knew before then!). That led us to adopt our son, Judah, again from China, matched in August 2017 and home in March 2018. During the adoption process for Judah, China began changing some of their requirements, so we knew that if we “re-upped,” it would be a much longer wait for our third child. We desperately wanted to add to our family by adopting again from China, but we weren’t sure how the new policies would affect us.

This past August, after trying to adopt domestically for a year, we knew our hearts called us back to International Adoption, so we decided to submit our home study and our third Medical Conditions Checklist to China through CCAI. We knew the likelihood to keep birth order (both of our boys are born in 2015 and are only a couple of months apart in age) would make for a long wait, but we prepared because we finally felt we were back “home.” We knew CCAI had a Taiwan program, so we also kept an eye out for kids on the Waiting Child Taiwan page that we felt we would be a good family for—and vice versa—but still assumed we would match through China.

One night in October, I was scrolling through the waiting children list on the Taiwan page, and I saw this little girl who needed a family. It was like flashing neon lights went off on my screen, and we immediately emailed CCAI for more information. We submitted our intent to adopt her in November 2019 and then waited to hear back. The Taiwan process is much different than what we are used to with China, but we appreciate their child-centric way of matching a family to a child. We knew if it were providential, the orphanage would say yes. And if not, we would have both a Taiwan AND China home study since we could submit to both programs simultaneously. This news was a significant perk for us to be able to do that with CCAI!

On January 6, 2020, the entire Taiwan team at CCAI called via speakerphone to tell me the fantastic news that we matched. We are SO EXCITED—but no one is more excited than our two boys—to announce we are matched with our daughter and “baby sister” Abigail Jade Yen Tanis and can’t wait to welcome her into our family and arms late this summer. Amazingly, we intended to adopt from Taiwan five years ago—but instead have two amazing boys from China. It’s even more impressive that had we not waited, we would not be matched with our daughter in Taiwan—back where we started.

I cannot speak highly enough to CCAI’s Taiwan team’s patience, support, and genuine love for our family. They are so encouraging and answer all of our questions (sometimes the same questions over again). Because we are still just starting and have only matched for about a month, we are so thankful to have an agency that knows what they’re doing and cares for our family—all four and soon to be FIVE of us. If you’re waiting with the China program or considering China, I would highly recommend you consider CCAI’s Taiwan program as well.”

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