More child welfare institutes will be built in the future
The new rule has reminded people to take a look at the current development of China's child welfare institutes.
In 2017, the number of orphans in China was 410,000, which is 50,000 less than that in 2016, however at the same time, the number of child welfare institutes in the country was less than 1,000, as there were only 663 and 705 respectively in 2017 and 2016, according to the annual statistics on China's social service published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
However only a fraction of orphans were raised in child welfare institutes. For example, statistics shows that only 86,000, making up 21 percent of all 410,000 orphans in 2017, were cared for at child welfare institutes. And in 2016, the ratio was two percentage points less.
Both the shortage in the number of child welfare institutes and relatively larger number of orphans living outside the child welfare institutes called for relevant authorities to step up their efforts to build more institutes in order to take care of more orphans.