Adopted chil­dren in China for a dis­cov­ery mis­sion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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