Chinese Rush to Adopt Quake Orphans

Baby-starved adoptive couples get break on one-child rule
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 4:00 AM CDT
A relative offers some candies for Children's Day in front of a school collapsed by the May 12 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – With at least 5,500 children orphaned by China's massive earthquake and aftershocks, tens of thousands of Chinese couples are calling government offices to register to adopt them, the Daily Telegraph reports. The Chinese government is expected to ease its one-child restriction for adoptive parents.  A rule already in place allows childless parents who adopt an earthquake orphan to also have their own biological child.

"I already have a boy, really a naughty one," said a mom hoping to adopt a daughter. "It makes a nice balance to have a boy and a girl."