Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Chinese Adoption in Spain

I don't see how 10 years of bureaucracy is in anyone's best interests, particularly that of the children. A common lament, I know.

Spanish couples dodge adoption bureaucracy by turning to China
MADRID, Spain: Milagros Vacas Arlandis had three children and a demanding job as a doctor. Still, she and her husband felt something was missing from their lives and they decided to adopt a child.

For the next 10 years, they battled Spain's tough bureaucratic hurdles to adoption, without success. So they turned to China — and are now the parents of a 4-year-old girl they named Maria.

As once-homogenous Spain digests a newly diverse population, enriched by an influx of some 4 million immigrants over the last decade, it also has one of the world's highest per capita international adoption rates in the world. More than half the adopted children come from China...

After the U.S., Spain is the country that adopts the most children from China, the China Center of Adoption Affairs reported. In 2005, Spanish families adopted more than 5,400 children from abroad, up from 1,800 in 1997. More than 2,700 of the 2005 adoptions were from China, according to government data.


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