Kong Zhenlan, a 67-year-old woman in Jinzhong, Shanxi, has “adopted” over 40 abandoned children in the past 40 years. The date of each kid’s adoption marks his or her birthday, with the youngest being only one month old and the oldest 27.
Speaking of her youngest daughter, Kong told a CFP reporter that the girl has trouble in her right ear, and her parents abandoned her in front of her “Home of Love” a month ago. “She doesn’t cry much and is a very cute and quiet baby,” she said.
Many of the “adopted” kids were abandoned because of physical or mental illnesses. She cares for the children despite her own back conditions, and every one of her adopted children calls her “mama”. For some of the kids born with cerebral palsy, “mama” may be the only word they can say.
Behind Kong’s “Home of Love” is a yard with a stone table in the middle and clothes of different sizes hanging from ropes. Several kids play together in the yard, and most of these kids suffer from congenital disorders like cleft palate or cerebral palsy.
According to the law, a person with a disability cannot adopt more than three abandoned child. Local officials have been trying to get Kong to send the children to a welfare center, but she says she’s become very attached to them. Because of the illegal nature of these “adoptions”, she cannot receive adoption subsidies from the government.
Several people aware of her situation have been donating money, clothes and food to support the family. Many of the adopted kids grew up healthily and are able to support themselves. Six of them got in college and two of them went on to technical schools, according to Kong.
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