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Orphanage making lifetime connections
    2013-07-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Anne Zhang

    zhangy49@gmail.com

    STUART ALAN SILVERSTEIN and Christa Michelle Gates from the United States adopted a 5-year-old girl from Shenzhen Social Welfare Center last month. They are among a large number of foreigners who have adopted Shenzhen orphans in recent years.

    Families from 17 countries — including Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and more — have adopted 600 orphans from Shenzhen Social Welfare Center since 1995. U.S. families account for at least half of those adoptions, said the center’s director, Tang Rongsheng.

    Forty-three children were adopted each year in 2010 and 2011, a 34 percent jump from 2009. But the number decreased to 37 last year and the first half of 2013 has seen only 15 adoptions.

    Pan Xinying with the center’s adoption office said there have been fewer orphans in Shenzhen and abandoned children are usually severely disabled, which has contributed to the decreasing adoption rate.

    But the center has strived to promote family lifestyles and encourage adoptions.

    “A family is the best place for a child’s growth,” Tang said. “We try to build connections between orphans and potential foster parents.”

    The center has cooperated with the U.S.-based Great Wall China Adoption agency, which promotes international adoptions of Chinese orphans. The U.S. organization offers health evaluations and treatment to the center’s orphans and helps match Chinese orphans with American families.

    Silverstein said compared with other countries, such as Russia, the adoption process in China is far less complicated thanks to the cooperation between Chinese orphanages and U.S. adoption agencies.

    Tang said overseas families prefer to adopt children who show artistic talent and are outgoing.

    Learn more

    Adoption office: 0755-8391-3791

    Venue: Shenzhen Social Welfare Center, 26 Meilin Road, Futian District

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