Western-style adoption (as in a couple taking a baby home from an orphanage) has not been and is still not very common in Taiwan. But there are plenty of local ways kids find new homes here, including a now-abandoned, rather shocking "brother-sister/husband-wife" arrangement! And -- for a time -- quite a few girls, in particular, were adopted by American, Australian and European parents, who raised the children back in their home countries. Several of these foreign-raised Taiwan-born girls would become local media sensations when they returned to the island in search of their "mother-land."
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Below: Images from article link above show Kartya Wunderle and her adoptive parents and birth mother.
Below left: Nora Wunderle with a teenage Kartya
Below right: Kartya Wunderle with her son
Facebook page for Mei-Ling Hopgood, journalist, author and professor at Northwestern University. Her books include 'Lucky Girl: A Memoir' (available in English and Chinese) and 'How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm'
Below: An image of a "Shim-pua" (新婦仔) wedding and wedding contract
Images via: Wikipedia - Tongyangxi/Shimpua marriage