Chinese adoptions again in the news

Perhaps Steven Levitt should read this. He may want to rethink the idea that his daughter’s parents won’t want to find her some day.

Authorities are said to take children away from their parents

Trouw, 11 March 2008
Iris Pronk

The 7-year old Zeng Hong from the Chines province Hunan has a twinsister. But she and her parents have no idea where the girls is. In fact, in April 2002, Zeng’s little sister was taken away by a civil servant, because her parents could not pay the fine. That fine is part of the one child policy, that limits the number of children Chinese couples may have.

The parents of Zeng Hong. | Foto: Netwerk, EO

The parents of the girl tell their story tonight in the TV programme ‘Netwerk’.

When father and mother later had saved the necessary amount of money to pay the fine, they claimed their daughter back. But the local authorities said the child had been adopted abroad and would and untraceable.
’Netwerk’ got two other Chinese couples in front of the camera, with a similar history: their (grand) child was also taken by someone of the office for family planning. He brought the childen to the Shaoyang Social Welfare Institute in Hunan, from where it probably got adopted by a foreign couple. Without consent or knowledge of the parents. 

Two Dutch adoption agencies did in 2003 business with the Shaoyang children’s home. Through Wereldkinderen [Children of the World] seven children came from this home to the Netherlands, through Meiling ten. It is not sure of proven that these cases concern children that were taken away.

Last year Trouw reported on another adoption scandal in the province Hunan: child traders earned for many years big money with the sale of possibly hundreds of children. China has always assured that none of these trafficked children ended up in the Netherlands.

It is, however, to be questioned how much value these Chinese statements have, says adoption expert René Hoksbergen: „China does not want to loose its face, especially not with the Olympics in sight.”  He calls the witnessing statements of the three Chinese couples in ’Netwerk’ shocking and considers that the Netherlands should suspend adoptions of Chinese children. „There is reasonable doubt about the trustworthiness of the Chinese authorities. That’s why Justice must have the courage to say: we will first investigate this fully”, according to Hoksbergen.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. I’ve read more about this story and others like it on different sources around the net. I’d like to see a translation (into English) of the program from the Netherlands which exposes this and other stories about child trafficking in China. It’s apparently more widespread than anyone realized. My heart is sick over it. I’m wondering if this could just be the tip of the iceberg. I actually adopted from China because we were always told that their adoption practices were the most ethical. I don’t see how anyone could believe that any more.

  2. How depressing on one hand as a mom of an adopted Chinese child. I am doing my best to raise her in our close knit local Chinese community who has sort of “adopted her” as their own. Maybe it is better for our children to know as adults, that maybe their parents did not choose willingly for them to be adopted. Maybe this will make them feel “less abandoned.” Maybe with DNA evidence some day they will be able to reconnect with birth parents.

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