This is another orphanage which seems new to the international adoption scene. A family traveled in November 1999 to adopt from here, this was the first time I'd heard of this orphanage. Some more families received their referral from Guangchang in December 1999. Guangchang is along the eastern border of Jiangxi province just into the southern half. We've had families adopting from Nanfeng which is a little bit north and just recently some families got referrals to Ningdu which is a little to the south of Guangchang.
2006-07 - We adopted our daughter recently (July 4th 2006) from the Guangchang Welfare Institute in the Jiangxi province. The orphanage is about a 4 hour (New highway) ride south and slightly east from Nanchang, the provincial capital. We could visit the orphanage. In the region much lotus flowers (so beautiful), mountains, green, green, and so peaceful. But hard working people in the lotus fields. Other products: peanuts. We reached the orphanage. It is a rather big building, but a small orphanage. Now there are + 30 children. The children live in small groups with a care-taker for the group. The care-takers were very friendly, each with a little one on the arm, they love the children. They even cried because they tend to miss our children, who just left the groups a few days ago!
When they heard someone crying, they immediately went to take a look.
The accommodation is like the environment, and the families around, rather poor, no toys. But nice to see that the children were a lot outside, and they could in their chairs with wheels, move a lot, meet each other, etc.
When we were there, they were receiving watermelon, and loving it!
The director is a young men, 24 years old, very friendly. He knew a lot about the children who lived in which group.
We took the team (not the nurses from the groups, they stayed with the children of course) out for dinner.
So, when your little one is coming from Guangchang, you can be sure your little one was taken good care of, and whats more important, he or she was been loved in his first months or years in the SWI in Guangchang. (LV)
From a father adopting February 2000: "In our group we had nine families total, four girls came from Guangchang and five came from Yi Yang. The Guangchang girls seemed well cared for by Chinese standards but they were all sick when we received them. Our little girl had a ear infection followed by a case of staph/strep pneumonia when we got back to the states. Developmentally all four girls from Guangchang seemed to be right on track. Our daughter is doing great now, she is a joy and blessing to our family. Our adoption agency obtained the following information for us: Guangchang is 350 kilometers from Nanchang, the capitol city of Jiangxi and the orphanage was founded in 1962. There are 40 children in the orphanage and eight staff workers, some care is done in foster homes. The native well known produce are mushroom, lotus seed." (BVF)
From an adopting mom: "We adopted our daughter from the Guangchang Welfare Institute in the Jiangxi province. The orphanage is about a 6 hour ride south and slightly east from Nanchang, the provincial capital, so, unfortunately, we did not get to visit the orphanage. The two staff members that came to present us with our baby were friendly and seemed nurturing toward the two babies they had brought with them. They explained to us that both had been in foster care before coming to us. Their foster families had brought them back to the orphanage where they had been bathed before driving to meet us. The babies were the cleanest of the ten received by our travel group, and they seemed to be well cared for. My 13-month-old was already walking and was developmentally on-target in every way. She bonded immediately to me (her new mom) and later, to my husband. The other 13-month-old from the same orphanage was not yet walking on her own but seemed healthy and well cared for also." (SS, a. 5/00)
And from another mom: "My daughter was adopted on July 3, 2000 in Guangzhou, China. She was from the Guangchang Welfare Institute, Jiangxi Province, although she was in foster family care for some time. She was very healthy although just a little bit underweight. All the children in our group were relatively healthy. Ten families received the most precious little girls that seemed to match their parents perfectly. We were not able to visit the orphanage or meet the foster families, but we do have some photos. I would encourage anyone considering adoption, to check into international adoptions, especially China. The people are very nice and overall it was a very positive experience. I hope to visit my daughter's country again some day." (CG)
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