Drug addicts, sex offenders in China may have kids taken away

Those suffering from drug addiction or gambling problems as well as those registered as sex offenders or child abusers may soon be stripped of their guardianship of minors, according to a jointly published notice by China’s top legal authorities.

In addition to the previously mentioned criteria, it said those found selling, abandoning, abusing or using violence against minors as well as forcing, cajoling or using minors in begging or crimes would also be stripped of their guardianship.

The paper was published by the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Zhang Shifeng, an official of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said depriving parental custody is a warning and punishment to those individuals for violating minors’ rights.

Civil affairs departments will establish institutions to take interim custody of children of those who lose guardianship, and appeal for removal of custody if necessary.