Adoption of orphans continues downward trend
The number of orphans adopted in China has been falling since 2010, according to an annual report from the top civil affairs authority on Tuesday.
In 2013, of the 550,000 orphans living in China, 17 percent were supported by welfare agencies. Only 24,460 families adopted children, 3,230 of which were from foreign countries, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The number of families who adopted orphans was down 10.4 percent year-on-year.
Of the overseas applicants willing to adopt Chinese children, the majority of them were from the United States, according to earlier reports from the ministry.
In response to the large number of orphans living outside the care of official welfare agencies, Li Qin, a deputy to the National People’s Congress, said governments should lower the threshold for adoption to help more orphans find families.