Long Lost Son Returns to China
Who am I? Where did I come from? Why do I look different from my parents? Why did they give me away?
This is the story of Christian Norris, a Chinese boy adopted at the age of 7, his adopted mother Julia Norris, and his meeting with his birth parents.
He was seven years old, raised by his uncle and grandmother, tucked away in the countryside, because he was an illegal baby as his parents (both medical researchers) already had their alloted one baby. While on an bus excursion with his father during a visit, the father went off to buy food at the market and found that the bus left without him, with Christian onboard. Christian ended up 500 km in Henan province and was found wandering in the street and taken to an orphanage in the city of Louyang.
Julia Norris works for an adoption agency and found the boy in an orphanage during a business trip. That was the year 2000. She fell in love with the little boy and adopted him.
Fast forward 9 years later, the boy is now 17 years old, and Julia working with a Chinese nonprofit organization called Baby Come Home, was able to help Christian Norris reunite with his birth parents.
Since the early 1990’s, an estimated 75,000 Chinese-born babies were adopted abroad. A great percentage of these Chinese babies were adopted into Canadian families. They were mostly girls that were abandoned by Chinese families due to the one baby China policy, and gender discrimination. Canadian families were quick to adopt these little baby girls, who were loved and well taken cared of.
However, there comes a time when these adopted children become adults, and they will begin to search for their roots. Christian Norris is an example of such a story. We hope that the little Canadian baby immigrants will also have the same lucky experience. Yang Guan, an agency founder of Baby Come Home, is hoping that China can move to a more transparent system where orphanages can make information more accessible for those children who want to know why and how and what…..
Today, China is no longer a poor country, and does not have many babies for adoption. China has toughened up regulations on baby adoptions and will now only consider adoption from couples who have Chinese heritage, one of the adopting couple must now be born in China, Taipei or Hongkong. In addition, there is a long waiting list and the adoption process can be a lengthy process.