Many people have asked why there are so many orphans in China and why they are almost always girls. It is hard to imagine that China has over 1.4 billion people. (The US has just over 300 million). For that reason China has a one child policy. (Recent changes allow parents that are only children to have 2). To view the images CLICK HERE
Although China has the world's largest population, it is interesting to note that there are only about 500 family surnames. Culturally, carrying a family name is very important here. For this reason, in the past girls were abandoned (best case scenario) by the hundreds on a daily basis. These days China has done a tremendous job pouring millions into child welfare and most healthy girls are adopted domestically. Sadly however, there are still hundred of thousands of babies and children that are abandoned because they have special medical needs. These can range from a cleft pallet or heart conditions to missing limbs or HIV. Although care is better than it was, there are still typically only one care giver for every 15-25 babies. It is impossible for them to hold, nurture and love each of the children individually. They are dressed alike, eat, sleep and are changed in a very systematic way. There is a lot that I would like to say but I can't. Just know that these babies are in need of a forever home.
The babies you see in my images are from the Lily Orphan Care Centers (LOCC). These are the lucky babies (typically 20-25) that are selected to be cared for so that they can be adopted internationally. Through your donations they receive clothes, better food, and the most important part--individual care plans. They have a 1:5 nanny ratio. (I am not allowed to photograph the other children or the rooms they are located in). The babies you see are fat, happy and loved, they just need a forever family. Please look into CCAI Adoption if you feel you can help.
Regardless of your opinions *PLEASE* be careful what you say. It is more critical that we show the wonderful side of China and the positive steps being taken to help these children find forever families and anything negative could destroy the relationships that allow these babies to be placed.To view the images CLICK HERE