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Adoption laws in China to be made stricter

Adoption laws in China to be made stricter

China confirmed yesterday it will enforce stricter rules for foreigners wanting to adopt Chinese children, barring overweight, depressed or unmarried applicants.
U.S.-based adoption agencies first reported the new guidelines earlier this month.
"We will continue to deal with foreign adoption according to law," Xing Kaimin, director of the Ministry of Civil Affairs' China center of Adoption Affairs, was quoted as saying by the official China Daily newspaper.
"The priority criteria are meant to protect children's interests and shorten the waiting time for more qualified applicants," Xing said. "It does not mean we are prejudiced against less qualified applicants, who can still apply."
One of the new criteria is that applicants should have a healthy body mass index - a measure of body fat based on height and weight.
"Obese people are more likely to suffer from diseases and might have a shorter life expectancy," the report cited Xing as saying.
The guidelines go into effect on May 1 and are designed to "give preference to more suitable applicants," it added.
Applicant couples have to have been married for at least two years and single people cannot adopt, according to the new rules.
And people who have been divorced must have been remarried for at least five years.
"Foreign couples planning to adopt Chinese children need to have stable marriages, sound physical and mental health and comfortable finances and must not be overweight," the newspaper said.
"We want to pick the most qualified so that our children can grow up in even better conditions," Xing said, adding that they had told more than 100 adoption agencies in 16 countries of the new rules.


Updated : 2021-05-12 20:32 GMT+08:00