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UPDATED: 11:09, August 09, 2005
Foreign parents for Chinese children
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Recently, more and more Chinese children have entered foreign families. They have received parental love and warmth from their adoptive families. The foreign adoptive parents will learn more about China through the children and fall in love with China.

"God offers us best gifts"

In the afternoon of July 10, a party was going on in full blast in Chinese general consulate to San Francisco. The protagonists here were some Chinese children with black eyes and hair and yellow skin, however, around them were their western parents with golden hair and green eyes.

That was a get-together held by the Chinese general consulate for the American families that have adopted Chinese children. During the past Chinese Spring Festival, hundreds of American families adopting Chinese children in Washington DC, capital of the United States, held various activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Peng Keyu, general consul with the general consulate, said foreign families have adopted more than 50,000 Chinese children in the past 10 years, and 80 per cent of the families are from the United States.

At the party, Robert Moore and his wife from southern San Jose were present with a pair of their sweetheart daughters. Moore is a software engineer with a software company and his wife an overseas Chinese from Malaysia. Seven years ago, they went to China to adopt their first daughter Leiling from Wuzhou, Jiangxi Province after going through necessary adoption process.

"Leiling and Jialing are the best gifts the God sent to us", said the husband and wife.

Let children get parental warmth

More and more western families have adopted Chinese children legally since China issued the "Law of Adoption" in 1992. A foreign mother said, "It's better to love an existing child who longs for a family than to add another child to the world".

According to the Law of Adoption, foreigners can only adopt a child once in China (with the exception of twins or children live in the same welfare institutions). The foreign adoptive parents who have had a child in China should wait for one more year in principle before applying for adopting another if they want to.

For single foreign adoptive persons, they can adopt children in China if they come up to the required adoption conditions according to the law. However, the law stipulates that it is the best for the adopted children to live in double parental and perfect families based on the principle that the adoption should be beneficial to the adopted children's grow-up. Established in 1996, China Center of Adoption Affairs is the only social public welfare institution dealing with foreign adoption of children in China.

Persons concerned pointed out that after Chinese Law of Adoption became compatible with internationally accepted practices, there would be more foreign families adopting Chinese children with broader scope. The US official statistics show that from 1989 to 2003, American families adopted more than 40,000 Chinese children.

Apart from the United States, China Center of Adoption Affairs has opened its business to 14 countries including Denmark, Finland, Spain, France, Sweden, Iceland, Ireland, Holland, Norway, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium and Australia.

The statistics from the Canadian immigration departments show people in Canada adopted 618 Chinese children in 2001 and 771 in 2002, far more than the number of Russian children, which ranked the second.

The data released by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs show French people adopted 210 Chinese children in 2002.

Come to China to seek roots for the adopted children

Foreign parents who have adopted Chinese children have paid great attention to their children's relations with China in both their daily life habit and education. For instance, on such occasions of Spring Festival, Dragon-boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival, the American adoptive parents will bring their children to the "China Towns" in all parts of the United States and take part in the celebrations held by some local overseas Chinese or China-funded institutions. They worry about that their children would forget China. In addition, they urge their Chinese children to learn to speak and write Chinese, or even they themselves learn Chinese.

The rush of adopting Chinese children has also brought along the "China Cultural Fever" and "China Fever" in the United States. Not only the families adopting Chinese children, but also more other Americans love China's culture and concern about China.

In addition, foreign adoptive parents have their children's Chinese awareness fostered; and they often take their children to China in order to help them seek roots in China when there are holidays. In 1997, Ms Jenson of the United States adopted a discarded girl Helen in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. To help Helen look for her natural mother, Ms Jenson brought her to her native place in 2004. Helen placed great expectations on the journey. She said, "I was so excited that I could not sleep for several nights".

There are many foreign friends like Ms Jenson. Instead of concealing the truth from the children, they take their initiative to bring their children to China regularly in order to let them know more about their native country and be closer to China's culture.

By People's Daily Online

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