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Dutch women embark on quest in China to find birth parents of their adopted girls

Two families visit Changzhou in latest attempt to locate girls’ biological parents, vow they won’t give up

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 October, 2016, 4:04pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 October, 2016, 4:59pm

Two women from the Netherlands are looking for the biological parents of their adopted daughters in eastern China and have promised to keep up the search for the rest of their lives if necessary.

Martine Kingma and Irma Kuilbore each adopted a baby girl from the Changzhou Children’s Welfare Institute, an orphanage, in 2006 and 2004.

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They returned to Changzhou, Jiangsu province, recently to help their beloved girls – Chang Yiyu and Chang Hualu – find their biological parents, Thepaper.cn reported.

Each woman has already tried to find the parents of the girl she adopted. Kingma returned to Changzhou last year to make an attempt, and Kuilbore made the trip in 2012, the report said.

This time, Kingma and Kuilbore planned to stay in China for two weeks, and they said they wouldn’t give up trying if they failed, according to the report.

The two girls ended up in the orphanage after they were abandoned by their parents, a practice that is sometimes seen in impoverished rural areas, especially with girls.

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Some Chinese parents prefer sons to daughters, which has led to a national ban on revealing the sex of babies during prenatal examinations at public hospitals.

The girls say they are happy living in the Netherlands with their new families and are enjoying seeing China.