Fourteen years ago, a baby girl (later named “Zhao”) was abandoned by her parents. Shi Jianlin, a Shanghai resident who had a son already, adopted her and gave her a warm home. But Shi didn’t know that “according to the city’s adoption policy, a couple with one child can’t adopt another.” Now the girl is “abandoned” again by China’s society because “without a residence certificate, she can’t go to senior high school next year, go to college or find a job, or can’t even get married.” From Shanghai Daily:
…Shi had to beg a school to accept Zhao by paying extra fees of 1,600 yuan (US$206) a year. Xinshi Primary and Junior High School finally enrolled her.
“I know the residence problem will affect my daughter’s whole life, so I still asked authorities for help, but I was shocked by the result,” said Shi. “They suggested I send her to an orphanage.” [Full Text]
– Photo from Shanghaiist
– Shanghaiist also reported this news “The complicated issue of China’s abandoned children” and gave an overview on adoption condition in China.