The Child Welfare League Foundation in Taiwan held a news conference today, calling on local families to adopt abandoned children:
“Some parents abandon their children because of financial problems, some because the children are suffering from serious diseases, and others because they are in prison and cannot look after their children, the spokesman said.
“To make matters worse, some families that have adopted children plan to give up the children because of financial woes, he said.
“Recent government statistics show that the number of local families willing to adopt children has dwindled over the past few years, the spokesman said.
The country’s sluggish economy is one of the main reasons behind the drop in the number of families willing to adopt children, according to the spokesman.” — Excerpt from Taiwan News, October 16, 2008