• CCAA will soon become the China Child Welfare Center (CCWC), responsible forTheir source seems impeccable -- Director-General Wang Zhenyao, head of the welfare department at the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
protecting the welfare of all children.
• CCWC will serve the interests of all children - particularly orphans, children with disabilities and serious illnesses, children of migrant workers, single parent households and families living in poverty.
•CCWC will renew its efforts to find an adoptive family for every child possible, particularly those with special needs, as the number of “healthy” abandoned children has dropped dramatically with China’s new prosperity.
•CCWC will tackle a major failing of all institutionalization - that children grow up in total isolation from the real world - by opening children’s welfare institutions to the community, turning them into community centers that provide services like HTS programs for all children, especially those who are disadvantaged: preschools and enrichment classes and guidance for teens and young parents who have no other place to turn.
I think this is great news for China's children. It seems the country is going to step up to the plate and take care of their own vulnerable children, with adoption as only a part of child welfare. I'm especially heartened to see the focus on the children of migrants. Maybe we won't see any more stories like this one.
I expect prospective adoptive parents, many of whom have been waiting for over 4 years to adopt from China, will see this news as personally distressing. If CCAA's responsibilities are going to expand in this way, I'd expect more slowdowns in adoption.