Girl in the Netherlands looks for Chinese birth parents

Girl in the Netherlands looks for Chinese birth parents
A screengrab of Zhao Guoguo's Weibo account looking for her birth parents.
PHOTO: Weibo

A 25-year-old girl who grew up in the Netherlands is looking for her birth parents, who live in Zunyi, southeast China's Guizhou province.

Zhao Guoguo was born Sept 6, 1993. She lived at the social welfare home in Zunyi city until July 1995, before being adopted by a family in the Netherlands.

A citizen surnamed Zhou picked up a crying baby at the gate of the then-intermediate people's court of Zunyi (now Fayuan Road) on the morning of Sept 8, 1993. He sent the baby to the hospital for a health check and feeding, and reported it to the police office. Then the baby was sent to the social welfare home at Honghuagang district and named Zhao Guoguo, according to admission archives.

According to Zhao, she was possibly born downtown, near the welfare home.

"A nurse took very good care of me at the welfare home. She brought me to her home every weekend," Zhao said. She and her foster parents found the nurse in 2004 when visiting the welfare home, but didn't leave a way to contact each other, except a photo.

Zhao is one of the first batch of foreign adoptions from Zunyi. Foreign couples must submit materials to the Chinese adoption center under charge of Ministry of Civil Affairs of China and undergo strict examinations before adoption.

Now she lives with her foster parents and sister in Groningen, northeast Netherlands, working as a chef in a restaurant.

Starting last October, Zhao tried to find her birth parents using Weibo, a Chinese social platform, but making little progress due to the time zone differences and language barrier.

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