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Monday, May 01, 2006

No gays allowed

Gays, keep your hands off our children

China's policies lead to drop in Bay State adoptions

Local economy also a factor

By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff | May 1, 2006

Adoptions in Massachusetts have dropped by 6 percent, largely because of a sharp decline in the number of babies from China as well as a struggling local economy, according to one of the most sweeping looks at the state's adoption patterns.

The University of Massachusetts Center for Adoption Research reported last week that 2,392 children were adopted through Massachusetts agencies in 2004 -- 161 fewer than the year before.

Adoption of babies from China declined by 17 percent during the same time period, after several years of increases, the report showed. The data are the most recent available for adoptions in the state, and many agencies say they believe Massachusetts adoptions from China have continued to decline since then.

The decline is largely the result of the Chinese government's decision to severely limit the number of single people who can adopt, local adoption officials said. They say the Chinese government enforced these rules after being troubled by publicity in the late 1990s over gay parents in the United States raising Chinese babies. Now, agencies say, Chinese officials allow no more than 8 percent of the country's children who are adopted to be placed with single people, and requires all applicants to sign statements that they are not gay or lesbian.

Lillian Zhang, executive director of China Adoption with Love, based in Brookline, said Massachusetts is particularly hard-hit by the Chinese policy because of the high number of educated single women, as well as gays and lesbians, who seek to adopt from this state. Calling it a ''blue state, red state" phenomenon, she speculated that liberal urban centers are more likely to be experiencing a drop in adoptions from China.

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