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One-third of adopted children in Holland come from China
The Epoch Times
6/9/2004



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Because of the traditional notion of regarding men as superior to women, Chinese parents prefer having sons to daughters. This phenomenon is particularly obvious in rural areas. Many baby girls are abandoned immediately after birth. However, foreigners especially like to adopt Chinese children. According to statistics, more than one third of children adopted by Dutch families in Holland are from China.

Beijing Youth reported that the Dutch Children Transnational Welfare Society receives about 3,000 adoption applications each year, however, only about 1,100 applications are authorized. Currently, Holland has adoption cooperation projects with between 15 to 20 countries. China is the biggest one.

According to reports, adopted Chinese children have been well taken care of in Dutch families. According to Dutch adoption law, a family who adopts a child should be tracked and checked up on during the year following adoption. The physical and psychological development of the adopted child is also monitored.

In addition, through networking, the adoption organizations in Holland help the families who have adopted Chinese children to visit China and find the children’s original families. A father who adopted a Chinese child told a reporter from Beijing Youth that he will help the child to learn about his Chinese background. When the time is appropriate, he and his adopted Chinese daughter will return to her home country.

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