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Transsexual mother to adopt child
www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-07 10:14:13
BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhuanet) -- A transsexual woman in east China's Zhejiang Province is very likely to succeed in her bid to adopt a child despite a storm of controversy, China Daily reports Thursday.
Zhang Shan (her anonym) was recently in the news for her parenting attempt after hitting the headlines a year ago when she got married in a grand ceremony in Zhejiang's Lin'an.
The 37-year-old Zhang, currently working at a local beauty parlor, considered the former male life as a "lie" and underwent a transsexual operation last year.
"I really want to have a kid calling me mom, realizing my lifelong dream of being a good mother," said Zhang, heading for another task after transforming herself to serve as a "wife".
According to Chinese law, couples qualified to adopt children must be aged 30 or above, healthy and do not have a family historyof disease, have parental ability and no other child.
Ma Weijun, an official of the local civil affairs bureau, said his bureau will permit Zhang's adoption because her family meets all the criteria.
However, critics are concerned about the well-being of childrenliving with transsexual parents.
Zhang Ping, head of the Qingshanhu Lake Welfare House in Lin'an, said he was in a dilemma about Zhang Shan's application, adding that the interests of adopted children must always come as a top concern.
Nevertheless, the welfare house head said he would prioritize Zhang Shan's application in due course.
Psychological and behavioral experts worried transsexual parents may be unable to provide a family background stable enoughto raise an emotionally and mentally health child.
Research from overseas suggests transsexual operations may result in mental disorders afterwards. And children may find it hard to cope with inevitable discrimination against their parents,said Xu Qing, an expert from Zhejiang University.
In response to these doubts, Zhang Shan said many other people have gone through what her family is experiencing now and these people succeeded ultimately. She was very much inspired and encouraged by the example set by famous Chinese transsexual choreographer Jin Xing, who adopted three children.
"Many people have difficulty in understanding different things but that does not mean they are right," said Zhang Shan.
Wang Kun, an expert with the Law Institute under the Zhejiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, said there is no evidence to suggest children of transsexual families suffer from more problems, are less popular, or have lower self-esteem than children of heterosexual parents.
So far, there is no Chinese law stating clearly whether it is legal for transsexual people to adopt children.