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China to provide more safe havens for abandoned babies

Published on Feb 17, 2014 2:26 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - China will provide safe havens for parents to abandon unwanted children across most of the country, despite debate on whether they could see more babies dumped, state media reported.

The country has set up 25 so-called baby hatches in 10 provinces and major cities since June 2011, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. More will be built in another 18 regions, it added, citing the China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA).

The havens usually have an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bed, the report said.

Welfare staff retrieve a baby five to 10 minutes after a person leaves the child and presses the alarm button, allowing families to give up the infant safely and anonymously.

 
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