Adoption in Taiwan

I was surfing the net the other day and saw an interesting video about the adoption process of an Amerasian in Korea. Rick Smolan, a photographer, was assigned to photograph the offspring of American GI’s in Asia, of which there were something like 40,000 at the time. The video is of him speaking at an event to a photo slideshow and goes over his entire experience there. A really nice story if you have the time.

This made me curious about Taiwanese children that are being adopted, and if there were any Amerasian Taiwanese, and also what the adoption rates were in Taiwan. I had a hard time finding any recent data, or data regarding the amount of Amerasians by country, but I did find this regarding adoption in Taiwan:

International adoptions continue in Taiwan, but with long delays, as the country emphasizes domestic adoption. Quotas are set on foreign applications, and agencies quickly reach their annual quota.

In 2005 30 children were adopted from Taiwan to Canada, compared to 15 in 2004, and 26 in 2003.

Americans adopted 141 Taiwan orphans in 2005, compared to 89 in 2004.

In Taiwan the adoption authority is the Children’s Bureau in the Ministry of Interior. An adoption application goes first to the Taiwan Supreme Court, which designates an office of the Taiwan District Court to process the adoption, which is registered at the Taiwan Registrar’s office. For more on the process, see Taiwan by the U.S. State Department.

This isn’t much of a surprise, considering how Xenophobic the Taiwanese government is at heart. On a side not, I’d like to point out that many affluent Taiwanese citizens have chosen to go to America to give birth to their children so they can obtain American passports while children born to two non-Taiwanese citizens in Taiwan are considered foreigners and have no option for dual nationality. The only reason I can get for this is.. that’s the way it is. Most Taiwanese people have no idea that this is the case, and my child has never left Taiwan but is eligible only for an American passport.

Here is a webpage that contains loads of blogs from adopting parents.

Here is a case that is happening as I write this, and you can find out more at blog for Lucy, who seems to be close to be close to going to her new home. The soon to be new daddy of their family has written a touching song for her included in the video.

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One Response to “ Adoption in Taiwan ”

  1. Hi,

    I don’t know if this is of help. You can find the number of US visas granted to children adopted from abroad by country here

    I agree that it’s a bit weird that children born in Taiwan do not get Taiwanese passports if their parents are not Taiwanese citizens. However, even if there’s an option of dual nationality, can Taiwanese government exclude Chinese citizens for security reasons?

    In terms of internaitonal adoption, I don’t know whether this is part of the government’s xenophobia but I would rather look at this issue from a child rights perspective. I have no objection to it as long as it’s in child’s the best interest. I also see it a great thing that non-Taiwanese in Taiwan adopt Taiwanese children (as long as they are deemed suitable after comprehensive assessment and the handling of social services is sensible).

    I’d like to see Taiwan develop better national adoption and fostering services and treat international adoption where moving children out of Taiwan as the last resort. The current practice and regulations on international adoption is not ideal and it operates as a market mechanism in many places. This has impact on the children as well as birth parents. It’s a myth that ‘most’ of those birth parents are either drug addicts or criminals. A lot of them are simply in financial difficulty and just need a bit of social support.

    I’m not against international adoption and only hope that when we move those children, we move them to a better place with care and sensitivity.

    Best wishes,


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