- Posted December 1, 2013 by
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Life in China
- Child abandonment is a growing issue in China. In order to protect abandoned children, the Civil Affairs Administration is rolling out pilots of baby shelters across the country. The temporary shelters will provide facilities for the babies before they are transferred to child care facilities. But this move is not without controversy.
A shelter for abandoned babies...that is the aim behind the latest move to set up these temporary shelters. Literally, translated as "Babies’ Safe Havens", Shenzhen is one of the cities chosen to pilot the project. It is now planning to build the first such shelter in Guangdong province early next year. It is expected to cost around 150,000 yuan, or 24,000 US dollars.
Each shelter will have incubators, cribs, bedding, alarms, ventilation fans, air conditioners and infrared intruder detectors. No surveillance camera will be installed at the site to protect parents’ privacy. But such a move is not without its critics.
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