International custody battle continues

(Memphis-AP) -- A social worker testified today in Memphis that a Chinese mother trying to regain custody of a five-year-old daughter put in foster care as an infant, once discussed adoption but quickly changed her mind.

An American couple has cared for the child since a few weeks after her birth in January 1999. They want to adopt the girl over the objections of her biological parents, who are Chinese citizens facing possible deportation.

Social worker Diane Brower said Qin He (Hee), the child's mother, considered putting her baby up for adoption while still pregnant but rejected the idea after the girl's birth. Mrs. He and her husband put the daughter in foster care because of legal and financial hardships.

They have been struggling for four years to get her back.

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