Chloe and Nick Banks with their adopted son. Adoptive parents need to spend time with their new children to build trust and a strong bond. The lack of adoptive work leave makes this difficult. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Why adoption leave is vital for an adopted child’s development, and why Hong Kong parental laws need serious overhaul

  • It is essential for adoptive parents to spend time with their new child to establish a bond and gain trust
  • Hong Kong laws don’t allow for this, but companies are starting to offer parental leave and flexible hours
Topic |   Parenting: newborns to toddlers

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Chloe and Nick Banks with their adopted son. Adoptive parents need to spend time with their new children to build trust and a strong bond. The lack of adoptive work leave makes this difficult. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Domestic abuse victim Carol Chan (not her real name) in Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong. Violence against women takes many forms, an activist for women’s rights says. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Domestic abuse: why many suffer in silence, and the support groups in Hong Kong helping women deal with abusive men

  • Violence against women takes many forms: physical, sexual and psychological, and often occurs at home. One woman tells her story and how she escaped her abuser
  • United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women aims to bring global attention to the problem
Topic |   Sexual harassment and assault

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Domestic abuse victim Carol Chan (not her real name) in Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong. Violence against women takes many forms, an activist for women’s rights says. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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