Madonna rejects Malawi's stinging attack during visit as 'politics'

Madonna greets Mphandura orphanage volunteers near Lilongwe last week. Malawi has criticised her for seeking VIP treatment. Photo: AP

Malawi has launched a stinging attack on US pop icon Madonna, accusing her of expecting "gratitude" and VIP treatment on a visit last week to her charity projects in the southern African country.

Friday, 12 April, 2013, 4:00am

Turkish, Dutch PMs clash over lesbians' adoption of Turkish boy

Turkish people demonstrators against the Dutch youth care policy in Lelystad. Photo: AFP

A diplomatic row over a Turkish boy adopted by a Dutch lesbian couple clouded a visit to the Netherlands by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at strengthening ties.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

US envoy tells Russia to stop ‘exploiting’ boy’s death

US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul. Photo: AFP

The US ambassador to Moscow called on Russia to stop “sensational exploitation” of the tragic death in Texas of an adopted Russian boy as parliament on Friday prepared to vote on a special address to the US Congress on the escalating scandal.

22 Feb 2013 - 9:21pm

Letters to the Editor, February 7, 2013

Our parks need to be more laid-back. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Zero-tolerance approach to doping

I refer to Alvin Sallay's article on cyclist Steven Wong's doping case ("Wong makes us all look like dopes", January 27).

7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am 2 comments

Delays in adoption cause permanent damage to children

A couple and their four adopted children in Reeseville, Wisconsin. Photo: AP

I refer to the report regarding the experiences of children adopted overseas ("HK orphans 'subjected to racism in Britain'", February 4).

The article was unhelpful and misleading about best practice for adoptive children. It failed to inform readers of the reason that Britain is reducing the importance of race in adoptions: black children are taking 50 per cent longer to be adopted.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 1 comment

Authorities to encourage adoptions in wake of fire at Henan orphanage

A child in the care of a Shanghai orphanage. The Ministry of Civil Affairs has said that only a minority of counties have government-funded homes for children. Photo: Reuters

The Ministry of Civil Affairs will formulate rules to encourage individuals and families to adopt orphans, as well as mulling regulations to make it easier for NGOs to set up children's homes on the mainland, state media reported.

11 Jan 2013 - 5:07am

French rallies back Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage, adoption

Three men dressed as nuns kiss during Sunday's rally in Paris in support of same-sex marriage and adoption. A national poll found 60 per cent support gay marriage. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France to show support for the government's plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption.

Organisers said 150,000 people gathered in Paris at Bastille Square on Sunday for the "demonstration for equality". Police said 60,000 took part.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Janette Pepall: An adoption pioneer

Janette Pepall

Organising an array of thought-provoking seminars and workshops for counsellors, parents and their helpers, a new steering committee at Adoptive Families of Hong Kong has been breathing new life into the group.

21 Oct 2012 - 9:16am

Charity helps adoptive families and adoptees in Asia

Celine and Herve Bonnel maintain an open conversation with their children Teo and Lea about their adoption. Photos: Edmund So

When Mina Weight and her husband, Guy Facey, found they could not have children, they knew exactly what they wanted to do - adopt from China. It was a country they knew and loved; both had travelled extensively in the country on business and spoke fluent Putonghua. But they had to break down walls of bureaucracy and incomprehension in their native Britain before they could make that dream come true.

21 Oct 2012 - 11:31am

Adoption and the Shepherd's Field orphanage

The Shepherd's Field orphanage aims to give orphans with special needs a second chance in life.

Children at the centre, outside Beijing, come from orphanages all over China and usually need complicated medical treatment.

20 Aug 2012 - 10:09am


Population control policy still needed

In his column (''One child' cruel and unnecessary', July 29) Philip Bowring is attacking not only the way China's population-restraining one-child policy is carried out but also the policy itself.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

The chosen few

When Connie Wat Hong-ying and her husband Philip Cheng told their families six years ago that they wanted to adopt, her parents and in-laws baulked. Both sides wanted the couple to have children who would maintain the family bloodline.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK feels the pain of crisis pregnancies

Unplanned pregnancies leave thousands of girls - some as young as 14 or 15 - in crisis each year, barely different from 25 years ago despite greater access to education, a charity says.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Imperfect harmony

Most parents find raising their own biological children somewhat of a bumpy experience. However, in theory, at least, their authority is unquestioned, and they do have some control over the influences to which their offspring are subject.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Child support

Each year, tens of thousands of children are abandoned in China, most of them baby girls born to families wanting boys, or babies who are disabled. Over the past 20 years, more than 100,000 of them have been adopted by couples in 17 developed countries. This is good for the adopted child, who will enjoy more resources growing up, and the adopting couple, most of whom are infertile.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am