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The plight of adoptive mothers

2012/5/28 14:33:28   source:china.org.cn

  

  In SOS Children's Village, a charity specializing in foster care, the "mother" plays a crucial role. Every village is composed of many families, with seven or eight children to a home. Hermann Gmeiner, an Austrian philanthropist, founded the organization in 1949 to give children a chance to be raised in families, so that the orphans could enjoy a mother's love and family warmth and thus grow up healthily and happily.

  Gmeiner made a list of requirements for each prospective mother: they must be unmarried, divorced, or widows. They can have no children of their own, and divorced women cannot have custody of their kids. To be an SOS mother is to make a commitment to being single or having no child, and agree to remain in the state for life.

  After the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, the Chinese Government decided that the state should play a major role in taking care of the country's orphans. A lot of babies were abandoned at that time and state-owned welfare houses across the country were responsible for raising children.

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