Children with disabilities at the Shanghai Children's Home orphanageWelfare Institute, in China. Photo: Zigor Aldama

China’s abandoned children: Shanghai orphanage shows how far care has come, but adoption still a dream for many

  • A 1995 British documentary brought the plight of Chinese orphans to the world’s attention
  • Post Magazine visits the Shanghai Children’s Welfare Institute to see how the level of care and the youngsters’ needs have changed
Topic |   Families in China

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Children with disabilities at the Shanghai Children's Home orphanageWelfare Institute, in China. Photo: Zigor Aldama
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Two-year-old Xiao Kaixi, an only child, learns to ride a bike in Wuhan, China. Years after the country abolished its one-child policy, many couples are reluctant to expand their families. Photo: Yan Cong / The Washington Post

How China is haunted by its one-child policy – young couples are reluctant to expand their families

  • Birth rates have dropped and the nation’s population is ageing, posing serious economic threats for the country
  • Citing high living costs and uncertainty about the future, many parents are opting to channel their resources into a single child
Topic |   Children in China

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Two-year-old Xiao Kaixi, an only child, learns to ride a bike in Wuhan, China. Years after the country abolished its one-child policy, many couples are reluctant to expand their families. Photo: Yan Cong / The Washington Post
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