Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Utilizing Searchers Inside China for Birth Parent Searching

One of the biggest challenges facing adoptive parents and adoptees looking to search for birth parents in China is space and language -- most families live far from their child's orphanage, and most are unable to speak Chinese.  Thus, from necessity, searching requires the use of a middle person who can travel to the area and interview finders, foster families, nannies, and other potential sources of information.  

Adoptive families have several well-known choices commonly named on Facebook pages and Yahoo search groups: Tiffanie Wan, Bruce Yu, and Wu Yin Xi, commonly known as Xixi.  We have had limited experience with Tiffanie and Bruce, and extensive experience with Xixi. This essay will discuss each.

It is hard to overstate how important it is to select the right searcher to be involved in determining your child's history.  Besides the waste of valuable financial resources, having the wrong searcher could also impact your search success, now and for a long time into the future.  Before you engage any searcher, you will want to read this essay on our subscription blog.