Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New CCAA Rules Won't Impact Number of Adoptions

Stricter adoption rules sought in China
BEIJING --Stricter guidelines for adopting Chinese orphans will provide greater protection for children without affecting their opportunities for adoption, a government official said Tuesday.

New rules that will take effect May 1 bar adoption by foreigners who are unmarried, over 50, or obese -- prompting speculation China was seeking to cut down on foreign adoptions.

However, Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo said the rules were aimed at standardizing protection for orphans and were not expected to impact the number of adoptions.

China's 573,000 orphans "enjoy the protection of the government," Li said following a news conference coinciding with the annual meeting of China's national legislature.


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