China adoption agency furious over 'child exchange' report

BEIJING Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:07am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's adoption agency said it was "very shocked and furious" about the findings in a Reuters report that exposed how U.S. parents use the Internet to abandon unwanted children they have adopted from abroad, including China.

A five-part Reuters investigation published this month found parents used message boards and forums on Yahoo and Facebook to send their unwanted children to virtual strangers with little or no government scrutiny, sometimes illegally.

"As to the report that refers to American families who are using the Internet to relocate children they have adopted and aren't willing to continue raising, we are very shocked and furious," the state-backed China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption said in a faxed statement to Reuters late on Tuesday. The center was responding to a query from Reuters.

"This is an irresponsible act."

The Chinese adoption center, commissioned by the government to govern overseas adoptions, said it "attaches great importance" to the Reuters report.

"As for the cases involving the adopted children from China, we are actively investigating and verifying and are awaiting a further understanding of the situation," the center said.

The adoption agency said it is concerned about the lack of U.S. government regulation that was revealed in the series and will arrange to hold discussions with "relevant agencies" in the United States.

The adoption agency said it requires families who have adopted Chinese children to provide feedback six times in the first five years of adoption. It now plans to demand feedback until the child turns 18.

In the series called "The Child Exchange" Reuters analyzed 5,029 posts from a five-year period on a Yahoo message board. On average, a child was advertised on the site once a week in a practice called "re-homing". Most of the children ranged in age from 6 to 14 and had been adopted from countries such as Russia and China, Ethiopia and Ukraine.

(Read "The Child Exchange" series here here#article/part1 )

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Hui Li; editing by Bill Tarrant and Ron Popeski)

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Comments (22)
JamVee wrote:
People who adopt pets and then abandon them, should be jailed!
People who adopt children and then abandon them, should be SHOT!

Parents who want to adopt require extreme “vetting”. Many are in love with the idea of having children, but have no idea the sacrifices they will have to make or the difficulties they will have to endure. While most do a great job, we cannot afford even a few failures at this, because their are children’s lives at stake!

Sep 25, 2013 8:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
tpvero wrote:
They certainly have a right to be shocked. Many people in the USA are shocked. We have become a nation of loud mouth fourflushers. We tell the rest of the world they are not responsible while our USA falls into ruin, because our leaders are not responsible. Our officials have become cretin filled suits. No one plays a fair game any longer. It is all cheat, steal and lie. Where is the administration that will put our American house in order? Where is the congress that will do something instead of the petty road-blocking they concentrate on.

Sep 25, 2013 9:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RudyF wrote:
Well said, JamVee, although shooting would be too nice.

How on earth is this legal when driving without a license isn’t?

Sep 25, 2013 9:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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