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In 1991, struggling with poverty, a huge population, and a tough policy of one child per family, China loosened its adoption laws. In a culture that favors sons, that meant girls were up for adoption. And, very quickly, a great wave of international adoptions of Chinese girls by American families followed.

Today, though it's become an economic superpower, China is still far and away the number one destination for the thousands of Americans who every year adopt children abroad. And the very first girls who came — first abandoned, then embraced — are moving into their late teens, soon to tell their own stories.

Hear about the great wave of babies adopted from China, just beginning to come of age in America.

Guests:

Peter Goodman, Shanghai Bureau Chief for Washington Post

Carrie Kitze, author of "I Don't Have Your Eyes" and founder of EMK Press

Nancy Kim Parson, Adult Korean adoptee, working on a documentary film with Point Made Production in New York City on international adoption

Dana Johnson, Director of the International Adoption Clinic and Director of the Division of Neonatology at University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital

Kathleen Sander, Mother of three girls adopted from China.

This program aired on March 28, 2006.

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