clampdown on illegal adoptions
by Staff Writers Beijing (AFP) Aug 16, 2011
China is considering new rules to crack down on illegal adoptions in a
bid to curb child trafficking, a welfare official said Tuesday, amid
rising public outrage over child abduction cases.
Proposed measures include designating state orphanages as the only place
where people can legally adopt, which will help control the market, and
not recognising parents of illegally adopted children as their legal
Ji Gang, director of the domestic adoption department of the China
Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), an organisation
involved in drafting the new rules, said these would be submitted to
government this year.
"We are hoping to change legislation so that in the event an
abandoned child is discovered, no matter by an organisation or a person,
they should immediately report the child to the police," he told
"The police will then check the child's identity and send them to
the orphanages. In this way we feel that the child's rights are more
Other proposed measures include denying household registration permits
-- crucial for a Chinese person's education and employment -- to
children taken in from dubious sources, in a bid to further deter
parents from illegal adoption.
"This will restrict illegal child traffickers as it is precisely
because people need children, but do not use legal avenues to get them,
that the problem arises," Ji said.
Currently, childless Chinese couples are allowed to adopt children from
any source, which has led to a thriving, underground child trafficking
market in China. Many sociologists blame the problem on the nation's
Under the policy, aimed at controlling China's world-leading population
of more than 1.3 billion, people who live in urban areas are generally
only allowed one child, while rural families can have two if the first
is a girl.
This has put a premium on baby boys -- traditionally prized in China --
while baby girls are sometimes sold off, abandoned or put up for
Ji said the proposal would be submitted to the government "by
year-end" but stated the measures "will take a while to be
implemented" as they have to be debated and approved by the
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