Monday, December 22, 2014

Looking Back on 2014

As I look back on 2014, I feel this has been one of our most productive years yet.  Not only have we continued to provide finding ads, DVDs, and orphanage reports to thousands of adoptive families, but we have been able to provide important information and data to those families that want to know how their child came into the orphanage, or how China's evolving program has impacted their adoption.

1)  After three years of writing, modifying, editing, fact-checking, etc., Research-China.Org finally had their first article on China's adoption program published in a scholarly law review journal.  "Open Secret" has been the foundation of our adoptive family presentations, and it is very gratifying to finally introduce the records, transcripts, interviews, and orphanage data to those adoptive families seeking to truly understand the China adoption program.  This article is available for free download here.

2)  This past year saw our collection of available data books explode, as we added forty-five orphanage data books to our collection.  It is hard to understate how important these data books are to understanding a child's orphanage program.  By having the finding data for every child internationally adopted from the orphanage since 1999, one can form a very good idea how reliable the information is.  This becomes critically important not just for birth parent or sibling searches, but to simply address questions your child may (and will) have about their abandonment.  By having the hard data behind each child adopted, you can make very good assessments, and provide data-based answers to your child.

3) This past year also saw the launch of DNAConnect.Org, a service dedicated to collecting and matching birth parent DNA to adoptees.  With nineteen birth parents already in the process of being submitted, or having DNA already in the 23andMe database, and two matches already having been made, we believe this program represents the best hope for many adoptees of ever finding their birth parents.

With 2015 visible on the horizon, we are excited about what new discoveries will be made. Lan is conducting a huge birth parent search project early next year, which we are confident will add a lot more birth families to our growing data base.  We also look forward to continuing our assistance of interested adoptive families, those who are strong and interested enough to learn as much as possible about their child's origins.  And we are especially excited about the increasing number of adoptees themselves who are contacting us for help.  As the torch moves from adoptive parents to adoptees, we will do everything we can to help each child understand their history.  Our jobs are satisfying indeed.

All the best for a happy and prosperous 2015!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Holiday Specials

We have had requests from families about combining offerings that are not available automatically on our website, so here we go!  For the rest of December, we are offering the following "custom" packages:

1) Orphanage Data Book/Orphanage Report/Finding Ad
When ordered separately, these items total $126, but if ordered now we have reduced the total to just $99. This package is available for those orphanage we have produced data books for (, plus those orphanages that are currently in production, which are Beihai (Guangxi), Gaozhou (Guangdong), Huainan (Anhui), Huanggang (Hubei), Ningdu (Jiangxi), and Xiangfan (Hunan).

You will receive the orphanage data book, either the "Birth Parent Search Analysis" or our "Orphanage Reliability Analysis", as well as a photo and translation of your child's newspaper finding ad.

2) Custom Photo Books
If your child is from one of our "photo book" orphanages, we will customize your data book with the finding ad for no charge (normally $20).  This book is a fantastic way to introduce your child of their birth city, with each book having beautiful images from the area, its people and places.  These books make for great conversations.

3)  Premium Finding Ad/Orphanage Report
We have been collecting finding ad newspapers for over a decade, and probably have an extra copy of the original newspaper your child's finding ad appeared in.  Normally the finding ad photo and newspaper is available for $80, but if ordered with one of our orphanage reports this month, we will make the finding ad, original newspaper, translation, and orphanage report available for $99, a savings of $20.  Supplies of the original newspapers are extremely limited, so please email us to confirm availability.

None of these custom packages are available through our website.  To take advantage of either of these offerings, simply email us ( with your child's Chinese name and orphanage.  We will send you a Paypal invoice for the package, making ordering very easy.  We can positively guarantee that you will find these offerings informative and very useful. You will be the most informed adoptive family on your block!!  :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Older Child Interviews

Over the past few years, I can't tell you how many times we have heard from an adoptive family that wanted to have us talk to their older adoptive child about some facet of their pre-adoption history, only to learn that the child no longer remembered much.  These interviews usually took place more than a year after the adoption was completed, and after the child had begun to speak in their new language.  Unfortunately, in most cases, the year had brought a decline in both Chinese language abilities and in the quality of their memories.

To reduce the risk of this unfavorable outcome, Lan is now offering to conduct a post-adoption interview as soon as possible after the adoption is completed (even while a family is still in China).  The interview can be conducted by phone or Skype/QQ.  Lan will casually and lovingly talk to your child, and ask in a natural way any questions the adoptive family would like to know information about.  In this way, the adoptive parents can gain valuable insights into the adoption experience from their child's viewpoint, gain information about their time in the orphanage, and learn other important answers that may help the adoptive child and adoptee.

The audio of each conversation will be recorded for later review and archiving (your adoptive child will love hearing their Chinese down the road!).   A debriefing report will be provided by email to the adoptive family recapping all important points discussed. 

Lan will be offering this service for $50 per interview.  Lan brings an intimate familiarity with nearly every orphanage performing adoptions, so she will know what to ask, how to follow-through on the answers.  In other words, she will be able to talk to your child in the best way to get as much information for you as possible. 

Please contact Lan directly as with any questions, or to schedule an interview.  We can promise you will find this opportunity of great worth both now and in the future. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Foster Family Listings

If you wish to be informed on what Research-China.Org is up to, like us on FB.  You will then be alerted to posts, announcements, etc. 

Since we have had a spike in foster family inquiries, I thought we would remind families of orphanages for which we have located foster families.  These families almost always have photos and other information for adoptive families, so it is crucially important that adoptive families do everything they can to locate them.

We have foster families located for the following orphanages:

Guangxi Province
Yulin City/First

Guangdong Province

Hubei Province

Hunan Province

Jiangxi Province
Shangrao (Ling/Rao)

To see if we have located your child's foster family, visit our foster family blog here.