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. 

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