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Over 20,000 families, individuals willing to adopt quake orphans
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16:27, May 27, 2008

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According to the report, the phones are ringing non-stop! The two "earthquakes separated children adoption counseling" hotlines, opened by the Department of Civil Affairs of Sichuan Province, are still busy after more than 10 days. Ms. Chen, a volunteer responsible for answering calls, said on May 26, that one enthusiastic person had called for a week straight before getting through. In addition, many have directly to Chengdu to inquire.

At present, the Department of Civil Affairs of Sichuan Province revealed that after the earthquake relief is basically complete, the civil affairs departments will begin the adoption process for orphans in the disaster areas as soon as possible. According to incomplete statistics from the Sichuan's civil affairs departments, currently over 20,000 families or individuals have expressed a desire to adopt; and this desire may grow substantially in the future.

According to the report, by May 25, there were 5,498 orphans in earthquake-stricken areas in Sichuan and children whose parents have not yet been located; and their needs are being appropriately addressed by the local government.

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