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Adopted US girl searching for parents who abandoned her in China

Girl hoping to trace biological parents in Hubei province after she grew up in Pennsylvania

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 July, 2017, 1:40pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 July, 2017, 1:40pm

An American schoolgirl adopted as a baby in China has travelled back to the country of her birth trying to trace her parents, according to a news website report.

The girl, born as Guo Xiashen, was abandoned in Daye in Hubei province when she was only seven days old, Tencent reported.

She was adopted at the age of two and has grown up in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She is now 17.

The report said that as she grew up she grew curious about her origins and her parents decided to help her trace her biological parents.

Few details were given about the family other than that the girl is called Lily and her parents Jim and Susan.

The family met a Chinese high school student, Chen Jingyi, studying in the US last year and she invited them to China to help them in their search.

The family has sought the help of the local government in Daye and handed out leaflets in the streets to try to trace Lily’s parents, according to the report.

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The trip produced no breakthroughs and Lily is now back at school in the US.

Her parents were quoted as saying that her biological parents were an important part of her life and they would never discourage their daughter from searching for them.