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April 27, 2017

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Swedish couple adopts 5-year-old local girl

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- With the assistance of local government, a five-year-old Taiwanese girl was recently adopted by a couple from Sweden, turning a new page in her life.

The girl has been raised in a foster family because her parents were jailed for using drugs. According to the Department of Social Affairs in the Changhua County Government, the girl was very shy when she was first introduced to the foster family and she also showed signs of having developmental delays. However, thanks to her foster parents' loving care, the girl has caught up to her peers.

With the help of the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) and the Changhua County Government, the girl was adopted by a Swedish couple who met the girl for the first time yesterday. Despite language barriers, the couple immediately gave the girl a big hug to comfort her. Relieved by the warm interaction, the girl's foster family transferred the girl into the care of the couple from Sweden.

There is an increasing number of children who await adoption, according to the TFCF. However, there are not enough foster families in the nation willing to take care of these children. Couples that have been wed for two years, are between the ages of 25 and 55 and have earned a degree from junior high school or above are eligible to be a foster family, the TFCF said.

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