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Delegation led by Deputy Director-General Chu Xiaoying visited France and Finland

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A delegation led by Ms. Chu Xiaoying, Deputy Director-General of China Centre for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) visited France and Finland from12th to 18th of June, 2015. During the visit, the delegation exchanged current updates about inter-country adoption with the two governments and relevant adoption agencies, briefed on the policy adjustment in inter-country adoption made by CCCWA, discussed about programs such as “One to One Assistance Program”, “Journey of Hope”, Summer/Winter Hosting Program and roots-seeking program. The delegation also participated in several adoptive family gatherings.

During the visit in France, the delegation had meetings with Madame Odle Roussel from French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, officials from Notary and Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as officials from the Department of Justice. Fist of all, Madame Roussel gave an introduction of the basic situation of French adoption. Then, Deputy Director-General Chu Xiaoying briefed on the adjustment and optimization of the relevant adoption policies with the update of Child Placement Information System (CPIS) conducted by CCCWA. She also exchanged views with the French counterparts on the issue of waiting time delay for normal children, latest requirements for post-placement report, and status of special needs children placement process, “One to One Assistance Program”, “Journey of Hope” Program, Summer/Winter Hosting Program and so on. Later, during the adoption forum held between CCCWA and responsible persons from seven French adoption agencies, Ms. Chu introduced the general situation of current China’s inter-country adoption and answered questions posed by the attendants. The delegation also attended three adoptive family gatherings as well as the ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the family gathering hosted by Marseilles Committee of Adoption. During the gathering, the delegation had exchange and communication with adoptive families on several topics, such as language and cultural adaption of adopted children when they come to France, bonding with family members as well as relationship with children at the same age from schools and communities.

During the visit in Finland, the delegation had a meeting with the Committee of Inter-country Adoption Affairs under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, learning detailed knowledge of the framework of Finnish inter-country adoption management, child welfare system, as well as inter-country adoption process. Ms. Chu introduced the system of China’s inter-country adoption, main function of CCCWA, relevant policies and specific practice of China’s inter-country adoption and so on. The two parties also had a deep discussion and reached agreement on an adoption case of overseas Chinese in Finland. The delegation also visited INTERPEDIA and PELASTAKAA LAPSET-RADDA BARENE, asked questions about the life and education of adopted children while attending family gathering.

This trip was well organized and tight-scheduled. The delegation smoothly fulfilled the visiting task and achieved expected goals of enhancing mutual understanding and relationship, strengthening friendship and promoting cooperation with partner countries.

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