claiming China's unwanted kids

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Claiming China's unwanted kids Suburban parents build families with overseas adoptions BY BOB McKEE Daily Herald Staff Writer One thing united Sharon Noel and her daughter, Lian. They needed each other. The sya-month-old Lian lived most of her life in a Chinese orphanage and foster home, where she was taken after being found abandoned on a city street when she was 10 days old. Noel, 44, of Rolling Meadows, and her husband, Walt Noffsinger, wanted to add to their family, which includes two sons, but couldn't have more children. So the couple joined a growing number of Americans who make the sojourn to China to adopt children. "Obviously we needed her and she needed needed us. ... It's a two-way street," Noel said, looking at the smiling child who was sitting sitting on her lap. "These children need homes, and we have homes that need children." children." i Noel and Noffsinger were among seven families from the Chicago area that last week made the nearly 7,000-mile trip to Hefei, China, to bring their newly adopted children home. Such adoptions are becoming more popular popular as relations improve between the United States and China. For instance, about 125 Chinese orphans in 1995 were adopted by Chicago-area families families through local child welfare agencies. That number is expected to increase to 375 this year. "We have a unique moment in history," said Richard Pearlman, executive director of the Family Resource Center in Chicago. "While the doors are open ... we are going to pursue it." The non-profit organization assisted hi arranging Lian's adoption and expects to help as many as 80 others this year. People are pursuing Chinese adoptions because they want to be parents and the process involves fewer hurdles than the domestic system, Pearlman says. For instance, it is often difficult for single people older than 35 to adopt a child. "It fits me, it fits my age, they don't mind that I'm divorced," said Alice McCaslin, 41, who brought her adopted daughter, Joy, home to Buffalo Grove this week. "They just want someone to have financial means to provide for these children... and to have a good home." Aside from the fact that it can be easier than going through the domestic system, adopting a Chinese baby also helps children children — mostly girls — in need. The Chinese restrict most families to $ one child. Because boys someday will' probably be counted on to provide for their elderly parents, girls are abandoned in frightening numbers. "These people were excited that these children were going to a better home," said McCaslin, a financial analyst. "It's not that they don't like girls. They do. It's economic." economic." ; But a storm of controversy has risen around China's state-run orphanages in the past week. Human Rights Watch/Asia recently released a report, written in collaboration with Zhang Shuyun, a doctor who worked for five years at a Chinese orphanage, that alleges the use of "dying rooms," where unwanted children die in great numbers, See CHINA on Page4

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 15 Jan 1996, Mon,
  3. Page 103

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