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03:03 pm: Adoption In China

People asked why the wait for children from China is so long, why there are less children. Here is one answer from: http://chinaadoptiontalk.blogspot.com/2010/07/amy-eldridge-of-lwb-speaks.html


Why the significant change?  First, she said, there has been a growth in more modern attitudes about girls.  It is really only in the rural areas that the social preference for boys remains.  Ten years ago, 85% of the Chinese population lived in rural areas.  Now, only 50% are rural, 50% urban.  With that urbanization has come more education, the internet, and the like, which has led to more modern attitudes.  Second, there has been growth in the availability of ultrasound technology.  Now, anyone who is pregnant can know the child's sex.  Anyone who carries a girl to term does so knowingly and with every intention of parenting her.  Those who want a boy instead will have an abortion.  Third, domestic adoption in China is growing rapidly.  That's caused in part by the public interest in adoption after all the news reporting about the orphans of the Sichuan earthquake.  And another factor is the increased rate of infertility in China.  One government agency estimates that as many as 40 million couples in China are infertile.  Infertility is skyrocketing because of increased premarital sex without much sex education, causing increased rates of STDs and frequent abortions that might be less than sterile and because of environmental toxins and pollution.  Domestic adoption is preferred by orphanage directors, because domestic adopters pay higher fees than international adopters.  In Guangzhou, domestic adopters pay fees of $15,000 to the orphanage;  in Hefei, the fee is $7,000 for domestic adopters.  Most adoptions are handled on the county or provincial level, even though the CCAA now has a national office of domestic adoption.  Orphanages just don't send the files of healthy infants for international adoption when they can place the child domestically.


The idea that there are less children because there are so many more abortions is really sad.


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From:bojojoti
Date:July 16th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
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The idea that there are less children because there are so many more abortions is really sad.

That is sad, but that is why American couples face long waiting lists or can't adopt here either.

It is heartening to know that the attitudes toward girl infants is changing.
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From:hannahsarah
Date:July 16th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
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So true.

If my daughter's bio-mom hadn't been Catholic, I'm sure I'd still be childless today.
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From:bojojoti
Date:July 17th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad you were blessed with a daughter! If it weren't for mothers who spared their children's lives, my husband's family wouldn't have some cousins and nephews, and I wouldn't have a sister.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 17th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
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That definitely is true! It is also nice that special needs kids are finding homes here. Not all countries allow special need adoptions.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I could see why poorer ones might not, though it's sad and I'm betting it's the richer ones watching their purse strings that forbid it.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 18th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
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Spain was the country I was aware of that did not.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 17th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)

On a happier note

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although I'm sad that Ava won't be joining us camping next week, she's got a heck of a good reason. One of the holidays they are celebrating then is their "Happy Family Day." It's the anniversary of their adoption so they go out to the one Chinese restaurant in their area and order the happy family combo for all. It's a special day.
I understand that for families who only have adopted children, they call it "Gotcha! Day." But since Ava has a blended family she opted for this. Each child--natural born and adopted--has a birthday but together they celebrate Happy Family Day.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 18th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)

Re: On a happier note

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Good for her! We also had come up with the idea of calling ours Family Day.

By one of those weird coincidences, I'm busy this year on ours (at the same event I was supposed to be at and missed because I was in China last year.) I suppose we'll just pick the next day--since one day we got her and the next she became legally ours. ;-)
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