More than 100,000 Chinese-born orphans and children with physical disabilities have been adopted by overseas parents over the last 30 years,according to China's Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption, Beijing News reported on Friday.
China has established adoption agreements with 17 countries including United States, Canada, Sweden, France and Australia.
A ceremony held for the 130 US families and 200 adopted chinese children who came China to "seek their roots."Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo hailed the overseas adoption an important cahnnel for the orphaned and disabled children to make their future bright and useful.
But the latest statistics released by ministry show a fall in adoption cases from overseas in last few years.In 2011, the number of registered adoption cases in China dropped by 9 percent, falling to 31,424, among which 27,579 adoptions were by Chinese families and 3,854 from overseas.
Most of the 200 children who attended the ceremony were adopted from children's welfare centers in the city of Chongqing and the provinces of Guangdong, Hunan, Anhui and Fujian.
The students will visit the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu and Guilin with their parents during a 10-day visit financed by China’s government in an effort to encourage more adopted children to return to China, and familiarize themselves with their native culture.