China includes 253,000 unsupported children in special security system

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China, says it included 253,000 unsupported children, children with parents who are unable to care for them in a special security system as of the end of 2020.

An official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs  said on Monday.

A monthly subsistence allowance of 1,140 yuan (about 176 U.S. dollars) is provided per child, the same allowance that orphans are provided, said Ni Chunxia, deputy director of the ministry’s child welfare department, at a press conference.

Ni clearly defined the country’s “unsupported child” classification at the same press conference.

(Unsupported Children) are children whose parents are both seriously disabled, seriously ill, in prison, drug rehabilitation, missing or subject to other measures restricting their personal freedom, or if they have had their guardianship revoked or been repatriated (expelled) from the country, or where one parent is dead or missing and the other parent is in one of the eight outlined circumstances.

Statistics show that 45.1 per cent of the 253,000 unsupported children are those with one parent dead and the other missing, severely disabled or in one of the other circumstances mentioned above, according to Ni.

Children whose parents are both seriously disabled account for 27.4 per cent, and those whose parents are in prison take up 8.3 per cent.

In terms of regional distribution, 85 per cent of unsupported children are residents in rural areas, she said. 

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