China State Council’s Legislative Affairs Office released a new draft regulation on adoption on June 30, allowing children rescued from abduction to be adopted. The regulation is the first that would allow these children to be adopted by Chinese citizens in the event that their biological parents are not found within a year.
A draft regulation is released before a final decision is made after considering public opinion and response.
The same regulation states that the police are responsible for locating the abducted children’s biological parents or family. If relatives are not located within three months of being reported, the abandoned children become eligible for adoption.
The draft regulation, compared with its current counterpart, also simplifies the adoption procedure by removing some of the required paperwork and certificates.