Adopted from China, raised in the USA: images of Chinese children and their new American families

These photographs taken by Meng Han highlight Chinese children who have been adopted by American families, lading new lives in the USA. More than 88,000 have left China with their new parents since 1991, when adoptions from the mainland first became possible. Eighty-eight per cent of them are girls, according to the US State Department. Applicants currently have to wait an average of 54 months before getting matched with a child – compared with about a year before 2007 – although the period can be shorter for children with disabilities. The Global Times newspaper has suggested that about 80 per cent of adopted orphans are children with special needs.

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