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Cross-cultural adoption: a multimedia documentary

Jamie York
March 17, 2006

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Annie Mitnick before adoption


More and more American families are adopting children from China. Last year, Americans adopted almost 8,000 children from China—up from 61 in 1991. China introduced its one-child policy in 1979 to limit population growth. Since boys are considered more desirable, the vast majority of these adoptees are girls.

In this multimedia documentary, three Jewish families discuss their experiences as adoptive parents:

Scott and Debbie Halperin have three children: one daughter each from a previous marriage and Laci Anhui Sondra Halperin, who they adopted in 2003. The Halperins live in Suffern, New York.

Roxanne and Eric Levine have one child, Tamar, who was adopted in 2002. Roxanne is an immigration attorney and Eric works for United Jewish Communities. They live in White Plains, New York.

Marcia Hochman and Joel Mitnick have two children: Emma and Annie Feng Ye Hochman Mitnick, who was adopted in 2003. The family lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.