New Measure Bans Private Adoptions of Orphans

China’s central government announced on Tuesday that individuals and groups who find abandoned children cannot privately adopt them. From the Associated Press: The new rules say people wanting to adopt must go through...

Illegal Orphanage Fire Leaves 7 Dead

Amid concerns about childrens’ safety due to recent traffic accidents involving children and knife attack at a primary school, the BBC reports a fire at an orphanage in Henan has left seven children dead: Four children...

Korean Children Left in China

Radio Free Asia reports on “stateless” Korean and Korean-Chinese orphans in China: Run by a missionary foster couple, the home where (orphan) Yeon Ah lives takes in ethnic Korean children or those from mixed...

Uighur Children’s ‘Identities Changed’

Uighur children at an orphanage in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, are renamed with Han Chinese names and disciplined for adhering to a Muslim diet.  Radio Free Asia reports: Children belonging to the ethnic Uyghur minority at an...

Clean Water for China’s Orphanages

A Child’s Right, a U.S. non-profit organization, plans to outfit every orphanage in China with clean water filtration units, writes Jim Luce at The Huffington Post: “This means, simply, that every institutionalized...

Quake Orphans Still Seeking Home

Of the 600 children orphaned during the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, only 12 have been adopted. The rest are living with relatives or are in foster care. Each child will receive 600 yuan ($88; £57) a month from the government until...

Update: Only Two Earthquake Orphans Adopted

Reuters is updating an article posted last week in the Times, at which time only one of the 88 children orphaned by the May 12 earthquake had been adopted.  Reuters now reports that two of the children have found new homes. One...

Only One Orphan Adopted After China Quake

The Times reports that only one orphan whose parents were killed in the May 12 earthquake has successfully been adopted: The process of finding new homes for 88 children whose parents have been confirmed dead or who have no...

Suffer, the Children

From Newsweek.com: Of all the wrenching images emerging from China’s devastating earthquake, those of the hundreds of children crushed in their schools are probably the most poignant. But as grieving parents mourned their...

Fortune’s Sisters – Brooke Hauser

The New York Times profiles three young girls who were adopted from the same orphanage in China and now are best friends in Brooklyn: There is an ancient Chinese myth that people who are destined to meet are connected from birth by invisible red thread. For three Brooklyn mothers who were strangers until a few […]

China: Community embraces orphan – John Kennedy

From Global Voices Online: Late last month, a husband-wife migrant laborer couple from China’s poverty-stricken Henan province working in Beijing killed themselves, leaving two teenage children to fend for themselves. Last week, Beijing-based Sohu blogger Li Yuanyuan took her camera and went to the younger child’s school to see how the community has reacted. In […]

China’s AIDS Orphan Story Wins Oscar – Chen Yiqin

From Shanghai Daily: A documentary on China’s AIDS orphans, “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject at the Academy Awards yesterday. Ruby Yang, the Hong Kong director of the documentary, thanked all the “heroes” fighting AIDS and all the people who support them when receiving the trophy, Sina.com reported […]



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