Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein, married stars of TLC's "The Little Couple," have adopted a son from China, says a March 12 article on People.com. The couple's TLC reality show has documented their journey to parenthood, which has included surrogacy, fertility treatments, miscarriage and, finally, adoption.
Their new son is three years old and has a form of dwarfism, something he has in common with his new parents. Arnold and Klein's reality show details their relationship, their careers and the ups and downs of living with dwarfism in a world that's optimized for average-height individuals.
Despite the challenges they faced on their journey to parenthood, Arnold and Klein have maintained a sense of hope, excitement and gratitude.
"We are so proud to welcome William to our family and look forward to bringing him home," said the couple.
Adoptions from China have long been a common route for hopeful adoptive families in the U.S. China has long ranked at or near the top of the list of countries from which most international adoptions are completed. The U.S. Department of State reports that 66,630 Chinese children were adopted by U.S. families between 1999 and 2011, the last year for which statistics are available. China adoptions of young boys are not nearly as common as those of young girls, due largely to a Chinese culture that places high value on baby boys. Roughly 6,200 of China adoptions in that timeframe were of young boys, says the U.S. Department of State.