SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - CHINA
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM CHINA
Before the adoption
Children reside in state-run orphanages prior to adoption. A small number of children are placed in foster care. Some children receive "modified institutional care," sometimes returning home at night with a caregiver but spending the day in the group setting. Some children are removed from foster care a month or two prior to adoption and returned to the orphanage "to prepare them for adoption." Sometimes parents do not know the living circumstances of their child prior to adoption. It remains unusual for adoptive parents to met or be given contact information for foster parents, although in some regions this is changing.
Specific information about the arrival of the child into state care is sometimes given at the time of the adoption. Details about the location where the child was found may be provided (the market, the police station, etc.). Parents may be given notes found with the child, for example:
- This healthy baby girl was born on ---------, 1992 at 5:30 am and is now 100 days old … She is in good health and has never suffered any illness. Due to the current political pressures that are too difficult to explain, we, who were her parents for these first days, cannot continue taking care of her. We can only hope that in this world there is a kind-hearted person who will care for her. Thank you … In regret and shame, your father and mother.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.