Nine-year-old adopted by US family
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- An American family flew to Taiwan on Monday to adopt a Taiwanese boy who was unable to find a foster family in Taiwan, a local Catholic foundation said yesterday.
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The 9-year-old Tainan native known only as Hsiao Chieh (小傑) was born to a Taiwanese mother and a Thai father, Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services (天主教善牧基金會) said yesterday.
His father left not long after his birth, while his mother is a convicted drug addict who has spent most of her adult life in prison.
Hsiao Chieh had for years moved from one foster family to another in Taiwan until 2011, when a Tainan court gave custodial rights to the Tainan City mayor. The city government later requested the help of Good Shepherd in finding a permanent foster family for the boy.
Hsiao Chieh's relatively old age when put up for adoption, coupled with his family background, however, put off prospective families and hampered the foundation's search for a home.
With the help of an American adoption agency, the foundation was finally able to find the Rivera family, U.S. residents, who were willing to adopt the Taiwanese boy.
On Monday, they flew to Taiwan. They then met with the boy in Tainan. The Rivera family was scheduled to return to the U.S. today with the Taiwanese boy, the foundation said.
The Riveras, who have an 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter, according to the foundation, displayed enthusiasm about adopting Hsiao Chieh.
The Good Shepherd Sisters came to Taiwan in 1987 at the invitation of the Archbishop of Taipei and founded Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services to address the problem of teenage prostitution.
During years of service in Taiwan, Good Shepherd has expanded the scope of its services to encompass women and children in crisis, children and youths, single parents and adoption, new immigrant families, aboriginal families, and anti-human trafficking.