Hong Kong Babies Home - Hong Kong Children's Home - Hong Kong Orphanage - Hong Kong Adoptees
Why were babies abandoned? Mostly because of extreme poverty but other reasons included illegitimate, ill or handicapped
babies and prisoners' children. If you ask Hong Kong mothers from that generation, they undoubtedly know someone in their family
who gave up a child. For cultural reasons more girls than boys were abandoned which still continues to happen
in mainland China today. Some things just don't seem to change.
In 1948, at least a baby a day was being abandoned in Hong
Kong. Conditions improved and by 1966 an average of only 25 babies were found per year. While the number
of abandoned babies declined, children still arrived at the homes. They were sent by welfare agencies and churches for various
reasons such as, broken homes through death, desertion or mental illness.
Why do people adopt?
Besides the universal wish to raise a child, in the 1950's and 1960's, there was increased social awareness of the plight of these
children. Families around the world opened their hearts and homes.
All children became wards of the Hong Kong Social Welfare
Department. A search for parents or relatives was attempted. If none were located, then
the policy of the Social Welfare Department was to try to find a family for each child through adoption. The International
Social Services faciliated these adoptions. Children found families in Hong Kong, Canada, United States, England, New Zealand,
Australia and other countries some with Chinese families and others in transcultural adoption.
Join our Yahoo Group, AdopteesFromHK
, to chat, share photos, and memories with other adoptees
from Hong Kong.
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The next Hong Kong Adoptees Reunion
will be held in London, UK
on Saturday, March 16, 2013
at BAAF headquarters at 11 am. Space is
limited so you must contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a seat.
A Hong Kong Adoptee Reunion
will be held in the San
area the weekend of Oct 12
and 13, 2013
. Please contact us at email@example.com
more and reserve a seat. Space is limited.
Mini-reunions are held in USA, UK, and NZ. Join us for social
skype sessions too.