LOS ANGELES—An article in Sing Tao Daily cautions foster parents about a new trend in which families are taking their adopted Chinese kids to China on "roots trips" to meet their birth parents. Experts say adoptive parents should consult with their children before taking action. According to Sing Tao Daily, ever since China’s orphan adoption policy became less restrictive in the 1990s, about 60,000 Chinese children have been adopted by families in North America. As these children enter their teens, many adoptive parents are initiating roots trips.
Susan Robinson of Families with Children from China (FCC) believes these decisions should be left to the children themselves. Even if the children agree to go, searching for birth parents in China can be very difficult, as families face language barriers, government bureaucracy, and missing or incorrect information at the orphanages.