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China considers child abuse prevention rules for adopters

The rules would identify potential abuses and the involvement of children's welfare groups.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   May 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM
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BEIJING, May 5 (UPI) -- A Chinese government website posted prospective new rules to prevent child abuse by adoptive parents.

The rules, codified by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, stipulate children can be taken away from the adoptive parents for discrimination, abuse or swindling money under the pretext of adoption. Families involved in abuse would also be subject to criminal penalties.

The proposals also clarify the involvement of children’s welfare organizations in regularly visiting the adoptive families, evaluating parenting skills and forwarding reports to civil authorities and adoptive families.

The public is encouraged to offer comment on the proposed rules.

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