Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Presentation: Beginnings; A Discussion about Searches for Chinese Birthfamilies

Lan and I have been invited to speak in Minneapolis, MN this coming April.  We are excited to meet adoptive families from this part of the country.  If any of you are in that neck of the woods, please consider coming to meet us.  We would love to see you!

Saturday April 26, 2-4pm.
Member fee is $10 per person, non FCA members $15 per person
Olin Rice Science Bldg, Macalester College, St. Paul MN

Attendance is limited to only 70 people, so register early. 
Parking available at Macalester College

In addition to Lan and I, a representative from Children's Home Society's Tour Korea progam (Christine Heimann) will be speaking.

Registration & more information on participants available online www.fcamidwest.com
Registration begins April 1st.

See you there!!!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Hunan Scandal Orphanage Data Book

We want to alert families with children from the Hengdong, Hengshan and Qidong County orphanages of the most recent data book we have published, containing the finding data of all children adopted from these three orphanages from 1999 through 2012.  In addition to the finding information contained in the orphanage finding ads, we have carefully transcribed the Hunan trial records and noted each name in the data book for whom an orphanage record was submitted.  These records contain very important information that will be very much of interest to adoptees and their families.

The data books contain the data from which an adoptive family can assess the veracity of their child's finding story, or see if possible siblings were found the same day nearby.  The books are a day to day, child by child recounting of over a decade of adoptions.  The are, quite simply, must-haves for adoptive families wanting to provide their children with as much information as possible.  Any adoptive parent considering a search for their child's birth family would be foolish if they didn't first study the data from all of the children from their child's orphanage.

We have completed the data books for the following orphanages, and additional books are being added weekly.  One can read more about these important publications here:



Shangrao (at press)

Hengdong County
Hengshan County
Qidong County
Yongzhou City, including:
   • Dao
   • Jiangyong
   • Lanshan
   • Lingling
   • Ningyuan
   • Qiyang
   • Shuangpai
Yueyang City/County


Monday, December 30, 2013

New Subscription Blog Pricing

 Changes to Our Subscription Blog
Research-China has been around for over ten years, and in that time we have evolved and broadened our offerings to adoptive families.  We thought it might be helpful to present what exactly we have to offer families, and why they should seriously consider contacting us for information about their child.

Subscription Blog (link to subscribe) -- After four years of researching in-depth articles about China's program, we find that it is very difficult to continue our "once a month" page for new essays.  As a result, we are changing the subscription policy for our subscription blog.  Until further notice, the rate for the blog will be $20 for a life-time subscription.  Subscribing now will give you access to the over 50 articles we have already published, as well as any future articles.

Articles we have already published include:

What to Tell – And When (Telling your child their history) -- Some adoptive parents mistakenly think that searching for their child's birth family should be delayed until the child is older, or makes the decision themselves.  Drawing on personal experiences, we present an option that minimizes all of the risks involved.
“Modern” Dying Rooms (Dianjiang Orphanage) -- Press story from inside China detailing problems in this large Chongqing orphanage. 

Police Reports: Why They're Important & Why They Are Not (How reliable are police reports?)
"The Missing Girls of China" -- David Smolin (Discussion of this important article)
Putting the "Quota" Myth to Bed (Are orphanages limited in how many children they can submit?  We disprove this idea one last time.)
When Problems Come Home (A personal reflection on the changing story of my daughter's finder)
One-on-One Interview with an Orphanage Director (What pressures does an orphanage director face, and how does it impact what adoptive families are told?)
Creative Searching Techniques by Chinese Birth Families (Methods employed by those inside China searching for lost children)
"Feeling, Reason & the Law of China are Contradictory"  (Interview with an orphanage director engaged in baby-buying, and how they see the problems facing adoption)
Changing the Birth Dates of Adoptees (How accurate are the birth dates assigned to children?)
Birth Parent Search Results -- LePing, Jiangxi (Summary of our research birth parent search project in one area)
Selective Abortion in China: A Personal Experience (A family friend struggles in dealing with a pregnancy of a girl)
A Research Project Ride-Along (How do we know where to go to see success in birth parent searches?  What do we look at?)
How & Why an Orphanage Joins the IA Program (What must an orphanage do to join the IA program, and why are there so many that haven't joined?)
The Wide Cultural Divide (A Chinese blogger that grew up in an orphanage shares some stories that give prospective to the differences in cultural viewpoints)
Love Without Boundaries & the Demographics of China Adoption (We dissect a recent LWB blog article discussing reasons behind the slowdown in Chinese adoptions)
Lan's Journal of Life & Research (Part I & II) (My wife writes about her personal live stories, and how they influence the way she sees her research experiences, including how our daughter's Chinese birth family see us as adoptive parents)

We have also dug deep into the various Provinces involved in adoption, and discuss finding patterns and other qualities peculiar to each Province and the orphanages found in each: 
A Look at the Provinces I: Chongqing Municipality
A Look at the Provinces II: Jiangxi Province
A Look at the Provinces III: Hunan
A Look at the Provinces IV: Guangxi
A Look at the Provinces V: Guangdong
A Look at the Provinces VI: Jiangsu
A Look at the Provinces VII: Anhui
A Look at the Provinces VIII: Henan

Our subscription blog represents the most comprehensive source of factual information available about China's adoption program, and the histories of the thousands of children that have been adopted. 

At only $20 for unlimited access, it is our best value for this important information. 

Our subscription blog is designed to answer questions of active and engaged adoptive families.  We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee that your subscription will be worthwhile.  You will learn things you never thought possible.


Other offerings from Research-China.Org include:

Finding Ads --Research-China.Org began with the discovery of Guangdong finding ads in 2002.  After adopting our daughter Meigon that year, I was refused a copy of her finding ad by the orphanage (as were all adoptive families at that time).  We began collecting newspapers, and today have the finding ads for over 100,000 children.  Adoptive families are now often provided copies of their child's finding ads at adoption, a response by the Chinese government to our business, but these are often poor-quality xerox copies.

There are several reasons why families should contact us for their child's finding ad, even if they already have a copy.  First, it allows us to see if we have other information about your child besides the finding ad itself.  In the decade of researching, we have located many foster families, finders, birth families, etc., of many children for whom we don't have contact information.  There is no cost or obligation to requesting your child's finding ad, and you may be surprised at what other opportunities we have for you.

Second, the finding ad given to families is sometimes a second or even a third "edition," with previous ads being published with different photos, etc.  We have all of these ads, so you may be surprised to learn that another finding ad was published for your child that was not provided you, with an earlier photo of your child that you didn't know existed. 

Your child's finding ad is the earliest documentation that exists for your child, and aside from the photo is an important artifact of your child's personal history. 

Foster Family Contact Information -- Since 2006 we have been collecting contact information of foster families all across China.  These women are anxious to keep informed on how their foster children are doing, share early photos and anecdotes with the adoptive families, etc.  If your child is on our list, or you know someone whose child is on the list, please contact us for the direct mailing address of the family.  Orphanages habitually work to prevent adoptive families from getting in contact with foster families, so this opportunity is of immense importance to adoptive families. 

Birth Parent Search (BPSA)/Orphanage Reliability Analysis (ORA) --  These two reports are an in-depth look at your child's orphanage, its adoption history, and its demographic make-up.  We believe that by comparing your child's finding circumstances with those of all the other children adopted from the same orphanage, very important conclusions can be drawn that have serious implications for how your child will understand their history.  Both reports provide an important summary of important data trends and characteristics, and both draw on data from Baidu searches of area blogs and media sources, contacts in many areas, finding ad data, and our own research experiences.  These reports concisely present all that is known about your child's orphanage, and how your child may have come into the orphanage. 

Our BPSA is for those adoptive families who are considering a search for their child's birth family, and includes membership in our birth parent search group, the largest group of its kind.  On this group are families ranging from "just learning" to those in contact with their child's birth family.  The depth of experience of our member families is unparallelled anywhere.  Participants in our birth parent search projects are drawn from families that have ordered this report.

The ORA is for families not interested in searching, but wanting more information about their child's orphanage.  This report contains a bit more analysis of finding patterns, etc., but is largely the same as our BPSA.  A family need only order one of the reports to gain all the information about their child and their orphanage.

Orphanage Data Books --  Forming the foundation of our personalized Birth Parent Search Analysis or Orphanage Reliability Analysis, the orphanage data books contain all of the finding data for the children submitted from the orphanage since 1999 or when the orphanage joined the international adoption program.  Arranged chronologically by finding date in table form, the data allows a family to see if other children were found the same day as their child, how many children were found at a child's finding location, how many total children have been adopted, and many other pieces of information.  The data is introduced by an informative introduction that provides keys to interpreting the data and drawing conclusions.  Nicely bound in hardcover 6x9 format with color illustrations and exhibits, the data book is a very important piece of your child's orphanage history.  Most Guangdong orphanages currently available, with Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi orphanages coming early 2013.

 DVDs/Photos -- Since 2002, Research-China.Org has researched in over 60 orphanages across China.  The results of each research project is put to a nice video DVD.  Generally, the orphanage itself is profiled, as well as many finding locations and other interesting sites around the city.  The DVDs provide a very nice "time capsule" of the area when many of the children lived there, and thus are very important glimpses into our children's pre-adoption lives.  A large photo archive is also available, where families can order orphanage, finding location, and other photos of interest.

Maps -- As we have wandered around the various cities and towns of China, we have stopped and collected hundreds of area maps.  These are perfect for Life Books, or just to mark with your child's finding location, orphanage, and other important locations.  Priced at only $10, they are an exceptional value.

Coffee Table Books -- A recent addition, our orphanage photo books provide a complementary way of presenting your child's history to our DVDs.  Beautifully produced, our orphanage books provide gorgeous photos of your child's orphanage area, the orphanage itself, area foster families, and other interesting images.  Our books can be customized with your child's finding ad to add that personal touch, making the book "their" book.

Translation Services -- One of the benefits to having a thoroughly experienced native Chinese member on our staff (my wife Lan) is that she is able to provide important translation expertise to our families.  If you have something you need accurately translated (foster family letters, adoption documents, police reports, etc.), Lan can help.  Lan's expertise is one of the primary reasons an adoptive family should contact us, as she is both extremely knowledgeable about China's orphanages, as well as understanding the cultural view points of both sides of the ocean.  She is the heart of the Research-China.Org organization.


By taking advantage of our research opportunities, an adoptive family will not only learn much regarding their child's pre-adoption history, but also come to thoroughly understand the China program itself.  This information will allow an adoptive parent to answer their child's questions with authority, real data and information, allowing the parent to have confidence in their statements to their child.  The questions will come; it is up to us as adoptive families to have the information at hand to answer them.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Adoption Advisory: Luoyang City Orphanage, Henan Province

Over the past two years, we have worked with nearly a dozen families that have had their lives financially and emotionally destroyed by the adoption of children from the Luoyang orphanage.  We have written frequently about Luoyang and its deceptive "aging out program," but we feel it is time to re-iterate our deep concern for families seeking to adopt children from this orphanage:

Don't do it. 

Several adoption agencies have also not been acting in good faith as it relates to Luoyang.  Families we have worked with have written of their experiences with Luoyang, and the devastating impact these adoptions have had on their families.  They have admonished their agency to cease working with Luoyang, only to be told by their agency statements such as that even if the children are not really orphaned, the program allows children to come "to Christ" through adoption.  Adoptive families have been told that even if 90% of adoptions from Luoyang are fraudulent, to think about the 10% of the children who really need homes.  Thus, families are encouraged to see "the big picture" in their adoption, and not to speak publicly since that might discourage the "saving" of other children.

We recognize that the possibility exists for true orphans to be found in Luoyang, but families must recognize that it is impossible to confidently ascertain if a child is a true orphan or an area recruit for "education" prior to adoption.  The orphanage has worked hard to disguise these adoptions, have told the children to lie to their adoptive families about the true nature of their histories, and have emotionally manipulated these children into hiding the truth from adoptive families.  The CCAA, when confronted by angry adoptive families about Luoyang adoptions, responded with a letter to each family on March 20, 2013. After reviewing the official circumstances behind each family’s adoption, the CCAA made the following statement:

After the child was admitted into the CWI, to find an adoptive family for the children, the orphanage prepared and submitted their files as orphans for international adoption. Per the adoption laws and regulations of China, the provincial Civil Affairs Office was in charge of reviewing the child’s file and forwarded it to the China Center of Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA.) Following regulations and protocols the CCCWA matched the children with families. It’s not CCCWA’s responsibility to check the truthfulness of a child’s file and CCCWA has no means to decide if the information is accurate or not. Foreign adoption agencies are not authorized to check the truthfulness of information in a child’s file in China. 

The lack of transparency and the inability of adoptive families and agencies to obtain accurate information about a child pre-adoption should serve as major warning flags to all Chinese adoptions, but especially those from Luoyang.

Adoption agencies will try to make you feel guilty about not adopting from Luoyang.  They will tell you that if your don't complete the adoption, the child will be turned out onto the street, with no home or family.  In the case of Luoyang, this is almost always a lie.  They will indicate that it is normal for a young, healthy male child to come into the orphanage at 8 or 9 years old, and that older children can easily not remember who their birth parents are, where they lived, etc.

The red flags are almost always present in the finding statements of these children.  The trick is for adoptive families not to be conned by the agency, the CCAA, and the orphanage into adopting these children.  Doing so brings unhappiness to the children, the Chinese birth families, but especially severe financial, emotional, and sometimes physical jeopardy to the adoptive families themselves.

January 13, 2014:
Another adoptive family has decided to speak up about their experiences with the Luoyang orphanage: http://theadoptioncafe.com/2014/01/13/fraud-revealed/