Tuesday, September 23, 2008

China issues new rule to better protect rights of illegally adopted children

News article about new CCAA rules to mitigate negative effects of illegal domestic adoptions in China.

China has issued a new policy guideline that will ease the law on illegal adoption and better protect rights of the adopted children, China Daily reported Wednesday.

The legal rights of these children are currently not guaranteed such as permanent residence of a city, schooling and inheritance.

The guideline, jointly issued by five ministries and made public on Monday, allows people to register their illegally adopted children without fear of punishment.

UPDATE: Brian Stuy at Research-China.org offers his perspective on this article.


Wendy said...

I am glad there will be no punishment. Even if the child was not adopted under the law, the child should not suffer further in the future by not having schooling, medical, etc.. The child will only suffer without proper registration, the adoption is done.

malinda said...

Here's a thought that occurred to me after I posted the article - could a family with over-quota children, who are therefore unregistered, claim that they illegally adopted those children and come forward under this new program and get a hukou for them? Interesting possibility. . . .

Wendy said...

Hmmm. I wonder. I would think they would require a bit more and if they felt it was the case they may enforce DNA testing, but on the other hand this could be a way to get those over-quota kids registered without having to strictly enforce the one child/two child policy.