Abandoned Indonesian toddler finds new home in Europe
A Taiwan court granted ￼guardianship of the stateless girl to the mayor of Hsinchu, which enabled social workers to look for a suitable foster family
A three-year-old girl who was abandoned by her Indonesian mother, a runaway migrant worker in Hsinchu, Taiwan, has reportedly moved on to a happy new life, having resided with foster parents in northern Europe for the past several months.
Ju-yuan, who had been classified as “stateless” as the identity and nationality of her biological father remained a mystery, was adopted by a Nordic European couple last Christmas Eve, Taiwan Apple Daily reported.
Before the adoption, she had been staying at a children’s home while the Hsinchu municipal government searched for her birth mother.
According to China Times, the court granted ￼guardianship of the stateless girl to the mayor of Hsinchu in March last year, which also enabled social workers to look for a suitable foster family for her.
With the help of the Christian Salvation Service (CSS), a couple from Nordic Europe who had expressed their wishes to adopt Ju-yuan flew to Taiwan to make the necessary applications with the court.
Mayor Lin Chih-chien said fighting for the best interests and welfare of vulnerable children was a top priority and he was glad that Ju-yuan had become the first successful case of inter-country adoption. He hopes that all abandoned children in Taiwan can move on as Ju-yuan did.
The CSS estimates that there are at least 400 children aged under five who were born in Taiwan to migrant workers and then abandoned. Unlike Ju-yuan, they could remained stateless, staying in children’s homes and not allowed to be paired with foster families.
The organization is urging the government to review the legislation on this issue.