Why are there so Many Orphaned Girls in China?

Burdened with feeding nearly one fifth of the total world's population, China instituted the controversial One Child Policy in 1979 as a measure to help curtail its population growth. The One Child Policy, combined with a cultural tradition that places responsibility for aging parents with the sons, has resulted in the large numbers of baby girls in Chinese orphanages. While China struggles to find solutions to care for and stabilize its vast population, it has meanwhile recognized foreign adoption as one way to provide for the orphaned children for whom resources are scarce. The Chinese government's concern and cooperation in this effort has led to the development of one of the most relatively efficient and stable adoption processes in the world. World Child has been licensed with the China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) in Beijing since February 1992. For a more detailed guide to our Asian programs adoption process please visit World Child's Adoption Paper Chase.

(From WorldChild.org)