NEW YORK - Hundreds of Americans on the verge of adopting children from China are suddenly in limbo following Beijing's decision to suspend foreign adoptions because of SARS.
"My heart fell to my toes when I read the news," said Pete Uhl of San Antonio, Texas. But he and his wife are determined to press ahead with nearly complete arrangements to adopt a baby girl from China; the indefinite delay, he said Friday, "is just another bump in the road."
About 5,000 Chinese children are adopted by Americans each year, more than from any other foreign country. The adoptions frequently take 15 months or more to complete, at a cost to parents of $10,000 to $15,000.
Citing the persisting dangers posed by severe acute respiratory syndrome, the China Center of Adoption Affairs said Thursday that it has temporarily stopped sending documents to adoptive parents authorizing them to come to China. The...