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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chinese Adoptions Result from Child Abduction?

From New York Times:

IN almost any adoption, the new parents accept that their good fortune arises out of the hardship of the child’s first parents. The equation is usually tempered by the thought that the birth parents either are no longer alive or chose to give the child a better life than they could provide.

On Aug. 5, this newspaper published a front-page article from China that contained chilling news for many adoptive parents: government officials in Hunan Province, in southern China, had seized babies from their parents and sold them into what the article called “a lucrative black market in children.”

The news, the latest in a slow trickle of reports describing child abduction and trafficking in China, swept through the tight communities of families — many of them in the New York area — who have adopted children from China. For some, it raised a nightmarish question: What if my child had been taken forcibly from her parents?

And from that question, inevitably, tumble others: What can or should adoptive parents do? Try to find the birth parents? And if they could, what then?

Read more here.


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The black market for adopting children has existed for a long time - this is nothing new and the interested members of the public who are acting 'shocked' are lying to themselves because if they did not already know about the black market, it is because they chose to turn a blind eye to it.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Oct 11, 2011 8:54:00 AM

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