• Lam Sui-fun, 68, said Hong Kong Red Cross helped her to start process of tracing biological family last year
  • Suspicion that she was adopted were confirmed when she was 10; wants to meet biological brothers and sisters at Mid-Autumn Festival

More than 170,000 South Korean children were adopted by Western families in the turbulent post-war period. Many were labelled ‘orphans’, only to discover their birth parents still very much alive decades later.


Jimmy Lippert Thyden was born prematurely at a hospital in Santiago and his mother was told he had died, but he was among tens of thousands of babies taken from poor Chilean families in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nikki Phillippi and her husband Dan had hoped to adopt a child from Thailand in 2018, but changed their minds after they found out that they wouldn’t be allowed to use the kid to make social media content.

Almost 400 raised by families overseas have applied to Truth and Reconciliation Commission to look into their adoptions amid claims of falsified documents and identity switching.


November 9 is World Adoption Day. Here, we share the stories of some of those who have been touched by adoption, including one Hongkonger adopted aged 15 by a family in the United States.

From her unconventional love story with Hugh Jackman to her work raising awareness for adoption, here’s everything you need to know about Deborra-Lee Furness

The couple from Guangxi had their seventh child taken away more than 30 years ago and the refusal to investigate trafficking claims triggered a public outcry.


Olivia Munn just welcomed her first child with John Mulaney at 41 – but from Janet Jackson (age 50) to Cameron Diaz (47), many more A-listers have recently started a family well into their fifth decade, and beyond

Most are familiar with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ story, but did you Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and former US president Bill Clinton were adopted?

Brangelina aren’t the only stars who gave children new homes – so did YouTuber couple Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton, American Horror Story’s Denis O’Hare and Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown

At the age of 60 Joel John Roberts has just met his birth mother for the first time. He was adopted from Hong Kong as a toddler by an American family and grew up in California.

Filmmaker Sun Hee Engelstoft is one of about 200,000 South Koreans to have been adopted overseas during the past six decades, mainly to white parents in America and Europe.


Parents with an adopted son from the Tigray region at the centre of conflict shield him from its horrors, while their neighbours have staged a trek to raise funds for victims.

Abandoned as babies in Hong Kong by Chinese mothers fleeing the Great Famine, and later adopted by parents in the West, a generation of women are returning to the city to look for their birth families.

Ran Yinxiao is only 19, but he has turned a real-life gay couple’s story of their adoption of a child into a movie that challenges traditional views about the Chinese LGBT community.

Orphans and children without a family, as well as adults willing to share their love, same-sex couples or not, must not be denied the right to be happy.


Same-sex marriage does not automatically impact child adoption rights. And the religious faithful can continue to practise their beliefs – but must not impose them on others.


For same-sex couple Richard and David, the eight-year wait for a child has been interminable and opaque. Now their lawyer wants to turn theirs into a test case against the Social Welfare Department.