Adop­tion of or­phans continues down­ward trend

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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