| Domestic adoption of children increases 5 % in 2004 |
Date February 25, 2005
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Friday (Feb. 25) that domestic adoption increased 5 percent to 1,641 children in 2004 from 1,564 in 2003, while adoption to foreign countries decreased by 29 children to 2258 in 2004.
As many as 76 percent of the total adoptees are children of unmarried mothers, followed by 236 orphans (14 percent) and the remainder from broken homes.
Of the total adoptions to foreign countries, 705 children suffered mentally or physically disabilities, a sharp contrast to the seven disabled children adopted by local families.
The ministry ascribed the growing number of adoptions by domestic families to an increasing interest by news media and adoption agencies plus expanded medical subsidies by the government.
The government plans to increase local adoption further this year, by increasing medical spending, a ministry official said.