Woman raised in Finland tracks down birth father in Taiwan

Want China Times
Date: 2015-10-27
By: CNA

Thanks to the perseverance of police in search of her roots, a woman who was born in

Conny Wiik shows his childhood clothes to reporters, May 4, 2014. (File photo/CNA)

Conny Wiik shows his childhood clothes to reporters, May 4, 2014. (File photo/CNA)

Taiwan and sent to Finland for adoption while she was a baby has found her biological father and will fly to Taiwan to meet him in February 2016.

The woman, Janica Palonen, is the second Finnish adoptee who has succeeded in such a search following her compatriot Conny Wiik, who met his Taiwanese family early this year.

Like Wiik, Palonen was one of more than 60 babies sent overseas in the 1980s by a child trafficking ring that used forged documents to arrange adoptions.

Their search for their biological parents was initiated after another member of the group, Sabina Soderlund, first traveled to Taiwan in 2006 with the desire to seek her roots. Soderlund’s case has yet to be resolved.     [FULL  STORY]

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