Adopted children in China for a discovery mission
More than 90 Chinese children, accompanied by their adoptive families from the United States, have returned to China to locate their birthplaces.
Most of them were returning to China for the first time. They will review their adoption files, take traditional Chinese cultural classes, return to the orphanages where they lived before being adopted and travel to tourist destinations.
The heritage tours have been organized by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption since 2006. They are aimed at helping Chinese adoptees living overseas to understand how they were adopted, recapture their childhood, and learn more about traditional Chinese culture.
More than 4,000 Chinese adoptees have been invited to visit the country since 2006.
The US tops the list of countries where Chinese orphans have been adopted. Julie Kavanagh, minister counselor at the US embassy in Beijing, said more than 90,000 Chinese children have been adopted by US families since 1979.