Tuesday, December 19, 2006

WSJ: More Children Available? [Updated]

I don't subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, so I was only able to see this snippet from the story:

China Tightens Adoption Rules Amid Surge in Foreign Applications (Subscription required)
BEIJING -- China is tightening rules on foreign adoptions, barring parents who are unmarried, over 50 or obese, but says it will try to increase the number of children available to those who qualify, according to U.S. adoption agencies.

The move comes amid a surge in foreign applications to adopt Chinese children. The U.S. is the No. 1 destination for children adopted abroad, but the number going to Europe and elsewhere is rising.

The restrictions are meant to limit adoptions to "only the most qualified families," said the Web site of one agency, Harrah's ... [Emphasis added]

This is the first report I've seen indicating that China intends to increase the number of "paper ready" children in its international adoption program. There are many, many more children in Chinese orphanages than are adopted out of the country each year. Some of these are adopted domestically, but not all. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this.

Update: More information in the following AP story:

Agencies: China tightens adoption rules
The Chinese agency also is trying to increase the number of children available by creating a new charity to improve conditions in orphanages and "keep infants and young children alive and well enough to be adopted," Harrah's said.


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