Kathryn-Bauermeister-(top-row-left)-and-her-four-daughters-adopted-from-China.-Clockwise-from-top-center:-Lulu,-Emily,-Ella-and-Zoey.-Chen-Weihua--China-Daily<-strong><-p>   Chinese-children-adopted-by-Americans-have-not-only-had-their-lives-changed,-but-have-changed-the-lives-of-their-new-families,-Chen-Weihua-reports-from-Washington.<-p>   Kathryn-Bauermeister-is-a-single-mom-of-four-girls,-all-from-China.<-p>   The-Minneapolis,-Minnesota,-woman-adopted-them-one-by-one-from-Chinese-orphanages-beginning-in-1996.<-p>   Emily,-the-eldest-and-a-senior-at-a-private-college-in-Minneapolis,-is-very-creative-and-into-art-and-photography.-Lulu,-the-second-daughter-and-a-high-school-senior,-is-great-in-sports-and-in-her-studies.-She-is-getting-ready-to-apply-to-college,-probably-with-some-Ivy-League-schools-in-mind,-Bauermeister-told-China-Daily.<-p>   The-two-younger-daughters,-Zoey,-a-4th-grader,-and-Ella,-a-2nd-grader,-love-acting-and-completed-a-theater-training-camp-this-past-summer.<-p>   To-give-her-children-more-opportunities-and-choices,-Bauermeister-works-several-jobs.-She-teaches-at-an-elementary-school-in-Minneapolis;-represents-a-Chinese-organization-that-conducts-educational-exchanges-in-the-United-States-and-trains-local-youth-from-low-income-families-to-learn-job-skills-and-how-to-apply-for-jobs-for-several-Twin-Cities-organizations.-There-is-more.<-p>   -quot;I-am-probably-the-hardest-worker-of-anybody-I-know,-quot;-said-Bauermeister-in-an-upbeat-tone.-quot;Though-many-things-are-hard,-I-have-a-strong-belief-that-it's-all-good.-The-difficult-things-also-make-me-stronger.-quot;<-p>   Bauermeister-would-occasionally-buy-lottery-tickets.-quot;If-I-win-the-lottery,-what-will-I-do-with-the-money?-I-will-adopt-more-kids,-quot;-she-said,-with-a-smile-on-her-face.<-p>   She-would-also-like-to-have-a-much-bigger-house,-a-van,-and-a-big-garden-where-she-and-the-girls-can-grow-their-own-food,-and-maybe-keep-some-chickens-to-lay-eggs.<-p>   -quot;I-would-love-that-lifestyle,-quot;-said-Bauermeister.<-p>   She-would-also-like-to-go-to-China-more-often-to-work-with-some-organizations-to-raise-money-for-orphanages-there-and-help-bring-more-kids-from-the-orphanages-to-the-US-for-medical-treatment-and-visit-programs.<-p>   -quot;So-I-won't-be-slowing-down,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   Growing-up<-strong><-p>   Though-the-girls'-interests-are-varied,-Bauermeister-had-hoped-one-of-them-would-become-a-dancer-or-ballerina,-since-she-herself-loves-dancing.<-p>   She-has-also-been-deliberately-nurturing-their-wide-interests-over-the-years,-taking-them-to-gymnastics,-art-and-musical-instrument-classes,-from-piano-and-flute-to-violin-and-ukulele.<-p>   But-she-has-been-adjusting-her-expectations-lately.-quot;The-longer-I-have-been-parenting,-the-more-I-just-go-with-the-flow,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   For-Bauermeister,-having-four-girls,-two-older-ones-and-two-younger-ones,-works-out-just-fine.-They-each-have-a-playmate.-So-when-Bauermeister-was-still-pursuing-a-graduate-education-years-ago,-the-older-girls-could-babysit-the-younger-ones.<-p>   Despite-holding-several-jobs,-Bauermeister-said-she-spends-as-much-time-with-her-children-as-anybody-she-knows.<-p>   Together-with-the-girls,-they-have-been-active-in-fostering-dogs-and-helping-dog-adoption-by-taking-dogs-to-meet-their-new-families.<-p>   Bauermeister-also-took-Emily-and-Lulu-with-her-to-Haiti-twice-more-than-10-years-ago-to-help-the-children-there-living-in-orphanages.-Earlier-this-year,-Lulu-went-to-Costa-Rica-to-sharpen-her-Spanish-language-skills.<-p>   Whenever-Bauermeister-went-to-China-for-adoption,-she-always-brought-duffle-bags-of-toys-and-clothing-for-the-orphanages.<-p>   For-Peggy-Scott,-a-film-producer-living-in-Berkeley,-California,-the-feeling-of-having-a-daughter-adopted-from-China-in-the-past-21-years-is-a-wonderful-one.<-p>   -quot;I-think-I-am-the-luckiest-parent-in-the-world,-quot;-said-Scott,-also-a-single-mother.<-p>   Her-daughter-Abigail-was-adopted-from-an-orphanage-in-Changsha,-Hunan-province,-in-1994,-and-is-now-a-senior-majoring-in-sociology-at-a-college-in-Los-Angeles.<-p>   -quot;I-have-a-wonderful-daughter.-She-is-very-intelligent,-and-very-sweet,-and-very-funny-and-extremely-loving,-and-we-have-a-terrific-relationship-and-she-always-made-a-lot-of-friends,-quot;-Scott-said.<-p>   -quot;I-feel-I-won-the-jackpot-quot;-she-said-of-her-daughter,-who-is-turning-21-this-month.<-p>   Scott-said-that-as-a-single-mom-the-choices-for-adoption-were-very-limited.-She-thought-she-could-only-go-to-Guatemala.-She-then-heard-of-someone-who-went-to-China-for-adoption.<-p>   -quot;I-don't-know-how-to-put-this.-I-just-felt-everything-opened-up.-I-was-like-'I'm-going-to-China'.-It-was-a-spiritual-experience,-quot;-Scott-recalled,-with-lots-of-excitement-in-her-voice.<-p>   -quot;I-thought-my-child-was-waiting-for-me-in-China,-quot;-she-said.-quot;I-just-know-I-needed-to-be-a-mom-and-I-was-going-to-make-it-happen.-quot;<-p>   At-that-time,-Scott-had-not-been-to-China-yet,-but-had-worked-with-a-lot-of-Chinese-people-and-spent-plenty-of-time-in-Chinatown-in-San-Francisco.<-p>   -quot;I-am-just-so-comfortable-going-to-China.-I-didn't-have-any-relationship-to-Guatemala.-It-didn't-matter-that-it's-closer,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   It-took-Scott-13-months-to-get-her-daughter-on-January-26,-1994,-when-Abigail-was-3-1-2-months-old.<-p>   Returning-to-China<-strong><-p>   Unlike-many-Chinese-parents-who-may-not-tell-their-adopted-children-where-they-came-from,-Americans-are-more-open.<-p>   -quot;From-the-beginning-I-talked-to-her-about-it.-Everybody-talks-to-their-baby-all-the-time.-So-I-would-tell-her-stories-about-China.-I-would-tell-her-the-day-I-met-her-was-the-best-day-in-my-life,-quot;-Scott-said.<-p>   But-she-noted-that-more-than-half-a-century-ago,-it-was-also-true-in-the-US-that-people-didn't-talk-about-this,-regarding-it-as-shameful-or-embarrassing.<-p>   When-Abigail-turned-12,-Scott-took-her-to-China.-Besides-touring-Beijing,-Xi'an,-Chengdu,-Guilin-and-Yangshuo,-they-went-to-Changsha-with-another-family-who-had-adopted-their-child-from-an-orphanage-in-Zhuzhou,-not-far-from-Changsha.<-p>   The-two-families-were-very-well-received-at-the-children's-welfare-institute,-as-the-orphanage-is-called-in-China.<-p>   Scott-still-remembers-her-daughter-was-kind-of-scared-before-they-went-into-the-orphanage.-Once-inside,-that-disappeared.-quot;It-didn't-feel-like-a-scary-place,-just-like-a-boarding-school,-quot;-said-Scott,-describing-the-room,-with-beds,-desks-and-pictures-on-the-wall,-just-like-a-normal-dorm.<-p>   Scott-took-the-aunties-and-uncles-and-children-at-the-orphanage-to-dinner-and-bought-new-clothing-and-new-shoes-for-the-children.-quot;We-spent-a-few-hours-with-them.-We-had-a-great-time,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   For-Bauermeister,-taking-daughters-Emily-and-Lulu-on-a-return-visit-to-their-orphanages-in-2008-resulted-in-mixed-feelings.<-p>   At-the-orphanage-in-Ma'anshan,-Anhui-province,-where-Emily-was-adopted-as-a-4-year-old,-Bauermeister-and-her-two-daughters-had-a-wonderful-experience.-They-met-the-same-orphanage-director-and-the-same-nanny-who-took-care-of-Emily.<-p>   -quot;We-remember-they-just-looked-the-same-and-they-were-so-loving-and-welcoming,-they-had-a-whole-day-planned-for-us,-got-us-mangos-and-took-us-out-for-a-big-banquet,-quot;-Bauermeister-said.<-p>   The-orphanage-also-showed-them-all-the-greeting-cards-and-photos-Bauermeister-sent-them-over-the-years.-quot;It-was-so-welcoming,-quot;-she-said,-tears-in-her-eyes.<-p>   However,-this-may-not-always-be-the-case.-Bauermeister-noted-that-there-was-not-much-information-available-at-Lulu's-orphanage.-The-director-had-changed-and-had-no-personal-knowledge-of-Lulu-and-her-time-there.-She-said-the-family-may-try-to-visit-Lulu's-orphanage-again-in-a-few-years.<-p>   Birth-parents<-strong><-p>   While-some-Chinese-children-adopted-by-Americans-have-gone-back-to-look-for-their-birth-parents,-Bauermeister-said-she-is-open-to-it-but-the-girls-seem-to-have-had-little-interest.<-p>   -quot;It's-their-decision,-I-would-go-if-they-wanted-to,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   She-noted-that-she-has-an-acquaintance-whose-daughter-came-from-the-same-social-welfare-institute-that-Emily-came-from.-She-stood-in-the-public-place-with-a-sign-with-her-Chinese-name-and-birth-date-and-finally-found-her-birth-parents.-This-was-documented-in-the-film-Somewhere-Between-about-four-teen-adoptees-who-returned-to-China-together-and-told-stories-about-their-experiences.-The-film-tells-how-difficult-it-was,-yet-doing-so-still-provided-some-of-the-missing-pieces-to-the-puzzle-that-many-adopted-children-seek.<-p>   Scott-from-Berkeley-believes-her-daughter-does-not-hate-her-birth-parents-at-all-for-abandoning-her.-But-she-doesn't-think-she-can-find-them,-partly-because-she-was-from-a-big-city.<-p>   -quot;She-has-some-understanding-of-how-difficult-it-was-(for-her-birth-parents),-and-many-people-made-difficult-decisions,-quot;-Scott-said.-quot;She-feels-sad-that-they-had-to-make-such-a-hard-decision,-but-(she-is)-not-angry.-quot;<-p>   According-to-China's-Ministry-of-Civil-Affairs,-24,460-Chinese-orphans-were-adopted-in-2013,-compared-with-50,000-in-2006.-Of-that-total,-only-3,320-orphans-were-adopted-by-families-from-overseas-last-year,-down-from-13,000-in-2005.-China-opened-its-doors-to-foreign-adoption-after-the-country's-adoption-law-went-into-effect-in-1992.<-p>   The-US-continues-to-be-the-major-source-of-overseas-applicants-who-want-to-adopt-Chinese-children.-For-years,-China,-Ethiopia,-Russia,-South-Korea-and-Ukraine-have-been-the-top-feeder-countries-to-the-US,-according-to-US-State-Department-reports.<-p>   China-first-allowed-adoptions-to-the-US-in-1991-when-61-children-were-issued-immigrant-visas.-The-number-of-adoptions-from-China-increased-sharply-in-the-1990s,-peaking-at-7,906-in-2005.-More-than-86,000-immigrant-visas-were-issued-to-Chinese-orphans-from-1991-to-2013,-according-to-the-State-Department.<-p>   Secretary-of-State-John-Kerry-said-last-November-that-over-the-past-decade,-more-than-200,000-children-from-over-100-countries-were-adopted-by-American-families.<-p>   However,-adoption-from-China-has-become-more-difficult-in-recent-years-as-demand-of-domestic-adoption-in-China-has-risen-while-the-number-of-orphans-is-on-the-decline.<-p>   Shannon-Phillips,-a-marketing-manager-at-the-Great-Wall-China-Adoption,-based-in-Austin,-Texas,-said-they-have-people-still-waiting-who-filed-their-adoption-applications-in-2006-for-healthy-babies-from-China.<-p>   Phillips-said-if-people-are-open-to-a-child-with-certain-special-needs-and-older-than-2,-the-process-could-be-very-simple-and-fast,-adding-that-it-will-still-take-about-a-year.<-p>   The-cost-for-adoption-from-China-varies-depending-on-travel-expenses-to-China-for-the-adoption.-And-that-will-be-on-top-of-the-$25,000-to-$30,000-charged-by-the-Great-Wall,-according-to-Phillips.<-p>   The-agency-placed-some-150-children-from-China-with-Americans-last-year;-most-had-special-needs-and-were-older-than-2.<-p>   Phillips-said-Americans-adopt-from-China-because-the-country-quot;is-very-organized-in-the-adoption-process-compared-with-other-countries,-where-there-are-a-lot-of-gray-areas-quot;.-quot;Not-everybody-is-willing-to-take-a-risk,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   China-ratified-the-Hague-Convention-on-Protection-of-Children-and-Cooperation-in-Respect-of-Inter-country-Adoption-in-2005.-The-convention-is-designed-to-protect-children-adopted-across-national-boundaries.<-p>   The-China-Center-for-Adoption-Affairs-(CCAA),-set-up-in-1996-by-the-Ministry-of-Civil-Affairs,-and-now-going-by-the-initials-CCCWA-(China-Center-for-Children's-Welfare-and-Adoption),-is-responsible-for-both-the-domestic-and-international-adoptions-as-well-as-overseeing-the-welfare-of-orphans-in-those-children's-welfare-institutes.<-p>   China-has-set-strict-requirements-for-adopters,-which-include-an-age-limit,-minimum-income-and-physical-and-mental-health-status.-Homosexuals-are-not-allowed-to-adopt-from-China.<-p>   American-celebrities<-strong><-p>   Some-politicians-and-celebrities-have-been-among-the-tens-of-thousands-of-American-families-who-have-adopted-children-from-China.<-p>   Former-Utah-Governor-Jon-Huntsman-Jr,-also-a-former-US-ambassador-to-China-from-2009-to-2011,-and-his-wife-Mary-Kaye-adopted-their-daughter-Gracie-Mei-in-1999-from-an-orphanage-in-Yangzhou,-Jiangsu-province.<-p>   The-family-has-seven-children,-including-one-adopted-from-India-in-2006.<-p>   Besides-Huntsman,-Secretary-of-State-John-Kerry's-older-sister,-Peggy-Kerry,-a-long-time-staffer-at-the-US-mission-in-the-UN,-and-her-husband-George-Kaler,-a-medical-school-dean,-also-have-a-daughter-adopted-from-China-in-2001.<-p>   Born-in-China-in-1998-and-found-abandoned-outside-the-Chongqing-long-distance-bus-station-on-September-10,-2000,-Iris-also-appeared-in-the-campaign-when-Kerry-ran-for-president-in-2004.<-p>   In-his-remarks-at-the-National-Adoption-Month-last-November,-Kerry-described-his-niece-Iris-as-quot;one-of-the-most-extraordinary-young-women-I've-ever-known.-quot;<-p>   -quot;From-the-day-she-came-into-our-family,-she-has-filled-our-lives-with-love-and-joy.-And-every-time-I'm-with-her,-I-am-grateful-my-sister-Peggy-was-able-to-adopt-her-from-China-years-ago,-quot;-Kerry-said.<-p>   Hollywood-actress-Meg-Ryan-also-adopted-a-14-month-old-girl-from-China-in-2006.-On-the-David-Letterman-TV-show-a-few-years-ago,-Ryan-described-her-daughter-as-quot;a-ridiculously-happy-person.-It-was-the-happiest-word-I-could-think-of.-quot;<-p>   Many-Americans-have-posted-their-happy-experiences-of-adopting-children-from-China-on-YouTube.<-p>   One,-posted-by-Mick-Hooper,-recorded-the-adoption-trip-to-the-children's-social-welfare-institute-in-Maoming-of-south-China's-Guangdong-province,-and-has-attracted-more-than-160,000-viewers-over-the-last-five-years.<-p>   -quot;I'm-in-tears-already-at-two-minutes-in.-My-cousin-was-adopted-from-China.-She's-a-beautiful,-smart,-creative-11-year-old-now,-and-such-a-blessing-to-our-family,-quot;-commented-a-viewer-named-Amelia-on-the-video.<-p>   Back-in-Minneapolis,-Bauermeister-showed-a-Mother's-Day-photo-book-her-daughters-made-for-her-this-year.<-p>   -quot;I-love-it.-It's-just-special,-quot;-she-said.<-p>   She-said-she-wanted-to-teach-the-girls-to-be-sensitive-to-others,-to-have-a-loving-attitude,-to-follow-the-right-path-and-to-help-others-in-their-lives.<-p>   -quot;That's-why-we-are-here,-to-help-others-and-make-the-world-a-better-place-in-the-long-run,-quot;-said-Bauermeister.<-p>   [email protected]<-p> <-span><-p>" /> 心水坛开奖结果
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