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Adoptive parents seek 'lost' son's family

A COUPLE from the United States who adopted a Chinese boy in Shanghai last year are trying to trace his biological parents - fearing they may be looking for him.

Zhang Zhiwei, a lawyer involved in the country's abducted children rescue campaign, posted a request for information on his microblog at on Wednesday night, after receiving letters from the US couple. So far, it has not produced any leads.

The boy, Wu Yongfei, who believes he's a Sichuan Province native, said he got lost at the age of five in 2006, while visiting his aunt and uncle in Shanghai with his parents.

Wu said he went out to play after lunch, but when he returned to the door there was no answer.

Thinking his family may be out looking for him, the boy started walking but got lost, as he didn't understand the Shanghai dialect and was not familiar with the city, his adoptive mother, Julia Norris, said in a letter.

On November 15, a cleaner found him on the corner of Xijiangwan Road and Tongxin Road in Hongkou District. Four months later, he arrived at the Shanghai Children's Home.

Norris said in her letter that her son has vivid memories of his hometown, his parents' names and their journey to Shanghai. But though Wu knows he's from Sichuan Province, he can't remember the name of his home city.

If he had indeed been lost, Norris said his parents must be going through agonies. "I can only imagine the anguish of his birth family," she wrote.

Zhang said he had helped find the biological parents of several Chinese children adopted by overseas couples. If they are found, the families will discuss who the boy will live with.


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