Tips about adopting a quake orphan

2008-05-21 02:52:28 GMT       2008-05-21 10:52:28 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 21 --

Those who want to adopt orphans of the quake can contact the Beijing Community Service Network by dialing 96165 to register.

Applicants are reminded they should think carefully about adopting children and the practice is subject to law. Interested parties can also help by providing subsidies for the children.

Some young earthquake survivors from Beichuan have arrived in Beijing with the support from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. Those interested in helping the children with subsidies can call 010-6255-6356 and 6252-6424.

China Children and Teenagers' Fund hotlines: 6510-3495, 6510-3491, 8511-5407 (24 hours in both Chinese and English)

Requirements for temporary foster parents:

1. Fixed place of residence

2. Stable income

3. Main caretaker should be aged between 25 and 60, healthy and experienced in caring for children. The person should guarantee the safety and physical health of the foster child and be able to provide emotional support and appropriate education.

4. Foster families should have someone accompanying the foster child at all times.

5. Foster family members should not suffer from mental illness and other diseases that may harm the child.

6. Foster parents should not have criminal records or undesirable hobbies. The foster family should be harmonious, well-educated and maintain a good relationship with neighbors.

(Source: China Daily)

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