Chinese Daughters and the “One Child” Policy

In the 1970s China implemented their “one child” policy. It became illegal for families to have more than one child. This policy, along with the desire and preference to have that one child be a boy, left many orphaned Chinese girls.

It wasn’t until 1989 that China began to allow adoption of their orphans into foreign countries. This policy has brought profound joy to the orphans as well as to countless families worldwide.

This is the experience of three 10-year-old girls, adopted into Canadian families. These loved, adopted children share what they know about their heritage, about their birth families, and about their lives now. And they share what adoption means to them.