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4-year-old boy reunites with birth parents in southern Taiwan

2018/12/27 23:15:38

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Joined by his adoptive family from Sweden, a 4-year-old boy has been reunited with his biological parents for the first time in two years in southern Taiwan on Wednesday.

Called Wei-wei (偉偉), whose name has been changed to maintain confidentiality, the boy was only 2 years old when he was put up for adoption, according to the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) in Pingtung County.

Before his adoption by the Palmaeus family, Wei-wei had been placed in a foster home by his birth parents when he was 5 months old due to family matters, the TFCF said.

His move to Sweden in December 2016 was aided by the Tainan-based Good Shepherd Social Welfare Foundation, said Huang Shu-ling (黃淑玲), who works with the TFCF.

Wei-wei's birth parents, Tsai Chen-hsing (蔡振興) and Tu Shu-hui (杜淑蕙), provided the Palmaeus a photo album of their son so that he can always remember his time in Taiwan, Huang said.

The two families managed to get together with Wei-wei in Pingtung County Wednesday, and the atmosphere was very emotional, she said.

According to Huang, the Swedish couple said when Wei-wei first moved to Sweden, he used to point his baby finger at the photos and mimic the Chinese words for "Taiwan."

In just two years, he can now barely say any words in Mandarin, Huang said, adding that the Palmaeus arrived in Taiwan together with another of their adopted sons, a boy from Kenya.

The family had visited the East African country last year so that their elder son would not forget his roots, she said.

When they met with Wei Wei's birth parents, the Palmaeus promised that they would bring him to visit Taiwan again when he is older so that he will get to know more about where he came from, Huang said.

(By Kuo Chih-hsuen and Ko Lin)
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