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Angelina to adopt Taiwanese tot 安吉莉娜裘莉將領養台灣女童

The girl on the left is Hsiao Kai-wan. Image obscured for privacy reasons.
照片左邊的女孩就是蕭凱婉。基於保護隱私的理由,影像已經過處理。 (照片:美聯社)


Angelina Jolie, Hollywood superstar and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is reportedly planning to adopt an aboriginal child from Hualien. The little girl, identified as Hsiao Kai-wan, is a four year old orphan and will be the fifth child for the actress and her partner, screen idol Brad Pitt.

Jolie, 31, filed adoption papers in Hualien in late January through a US based agency, April's Premier Adoption Agency. She plans to adopt the girl as a single parent because she is unmarried, officials have said. Taiwanese law does not stipulate that adopters must be married.

The Taiwanese adoption process is relatively straight forward. Prospective parents must file an application with the Taiwan Supreme Court. The Supreme Court then delegates the case to the relevant Taiwan District Court. The process, including the approval of the home study, child referral and formal completion of the process takes around 10 months. The prospective parent must appear before the appropriate District Court in person towards the end of the process.

Adoptions of Taiwanese orphans by American citizens have risen steeply from 48 adoptions in 2002 to 187 last year.

Jolie and her partner Pitt already have four other adopted children: Maddox, from Cambodia, aged five; two-year-old daughter Zahara, who was adopted from Ethiopia; and three and a half year old Pax Thien, whom Jolie adopted from Vietnam in March of this year. Jolie and Pitt also have a biological daughter, Shiloh, born to the couple last May in Namibia.

Jolie reportedly has tattoos of the geographical coordinates of her children's birthplaces — Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Addis Alem, Ethiopia; and Swakopmund, Namibia. (Catherine Thomas, Staff Writer, With Agencies)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. adopt v.i. /v.t.

收養 (shou1 yang3)

例: Adopted children are often told of their status early on.


2. stipulate v.i. /v.t.

規定 (gui1 ding4)

例: The contract stipulated that all work would be completed by the fifth of the following month.


3. straight forward v.phr.

簡單 (jian3 dan1)

例: The form was straight forward. I filled it out in five minutes.


4. prospective adj.

未來的 (wei4 lai2 de5),預期的 (yu4 qi2 de5)

例: Many prospective students attended the university's Open Day.



三十一歲的裘莉一月底透過總部設在美國的收養機構「April's Premier」向花蓮方面遞出領養申請。承辦人員表示,未婚的她打算以單親身分收養這名女童。台灣法律並未規定領養人必須已婚。






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