From Time: Why Fewer Americans are Adopting Chinese Kids

With fewer children being put up for adoption but the foreign demand
going strong, China can afford to be more selective. "I think they are
saying, you know what, we have fewer children now and so we are looking
for better parents," Zhong says. His organization has experienced a
drop from 1,152 China adoptions in 2005 to 422 in 2008. And while Beijing's
new standards may sound harsh to Americans with their hearts set on a
baby, they have little influence in the matter. "These are China's
children and they can set the requirement to what they deem is best,"
says Barron.

Fulbright scholar reunites with Korean birth family

Derek Hommel never imagined he'd someday speak to his birth mother face to face.

During a trip to South Korea in 2008, he decided to search for her.
Within two months, he reunited with his mother and met the brother he
didn't know he had. But the language barrier made it hard to

Hommel will have another chance to reconnect with them when he returns to South Korea in July to teach English as a Fulbright Scholar. He said the possibility of holding a conversation with his family is his motivation to become proficient in Korean.

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Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. “He said the possibility of holding a conversation with his family is his motivation to become proficient in Korean.”
    Oh yeah. That’s definitely motivation.

  2. What a great opportunity for Derek.
    I have been blessed to be able to adopt a daughter from China, and I am thankful for that opportunity. I can’t blame China for tightening their requirements to adopt. If I need to choose an adoptive parent to raise my children, I would be pretty picky, too. THere are a few requirements that are questionable. One of my friends can’t adopt again from China because she is blind in one eye due to an injury. She is a wonderful mother, and her visual impairment doesn’t effect her parenting ability in any way.

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