Resources on Adoption of Children with Thalassemia

CAF is proud to be part of a network of adoption communities throughout the country, and we are committed to providing resources and support for the thalassemia adoption community.

Our goals are to bring attention to the need for permanent families for children with thalassemia both in the U.S. and globally, to provide the greater community with resources and information on thalassemia adoption, and to share the stories and perspectives of adoptive families.

We hope you are inspired by their journeys!

If you are currently in the process of adopting a child with thalassemia and would like to speak to someone at CAF to discuss questions or concerns, please email

How Significant is Thalassemia Community Adoption in the U.S.?

At the current time, 12% of thalassemia patients in CAF’s U.S. Patient Database have been adopted from other countries.

The vast majority of these adoptions come from China, although there are families that have adopted children with thalassemia from Vietnam, India, Afghanistan, Greece, Albania and other countries.

Many of these families have adopted more than 1 child with thalassemia:

  • 21 of the adoptive families we are in contact with have adopted 2 children with thalassemia,
  • 3 families have each adopted 3 children with thalassemia,
  • and one family has adopted 4 children with thalassemia.


CAF Adoption Support Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Thalassemia Adoption Stories

Waiting Children

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