"Nanfeng is a county (I think when people in China say county they mean a small
town) which is over 200 KM from Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi Province. Nanfeng is
famous for its orange, a very small orange but very sweet. In ancient times, this kind of
orange was special for the emperor. In fall and winter, we can buy this kind of small
orange on the street." --from a Nanchang resident
It appears that in the past adoptions from the orphanage in Nanfeng had been done
through the orphanage in the city of Fuzhou (name later changed to Linchuan). This is because "Nanfeng county belongs
to Fuzhou district" and is under the jurisdiction of the city of Fuzhou. The
orphanage in Nanfeng may be a small one and up until a few years ago may not have had the experience
or resources needed to present the children's papers for international adoption.
But this has changed and Nanfeng now processes it's own adoptions. Some
of the past adoptions have listed Fuzhou as the orphanage but mentioned Nanfeng somewhere
in the paperwork, for example one listed the medical exam as being done at Nanfeng County
Health Center for Women and Children. These babies seem to have been given the surname of
Lu instead of the surname of Fu that the children from the orphanage in Fuzhou were given.
The orphanage director, Lu Al Xian, gave an April 1997 traveling group this
information: "Nanfeng Social Welfare Association has a history that goes back
more than 200 years. The name was changed from Nanfeng Orphanage, to the current one
in 1956. A new building was built last year from money received through orphanage
donations. Sixty babies, 40 old people and 10 "orphans" live there.
Of the 10 "orphans", 8 are boys over the age of 10. There are 20
staff members to take care of 100 people. Most babies go to the nannies houses to
live - the nannies who work in the orphanage are expected to take the babies into their
homes. Babies who are healthy go into foster care (the nanny's homes). The
orphanage has five buildings, one is reserved for the babies, and there are four babies to
a room in this building. Most of the babies are adopted locally by the
Chinese." The director from Nanfeng showed the group a picture of the new wing
on the orphanage that he said had been built with the donations from adoptions. The
parents were asked to please send pictures of their daughters, which would be forwarded to
the nannies, as the nannies "will miss your babies". They were also told
that the babies files would be kept forever, and that when the families return to China,
they will be welcome to visit Nanfeng orphanage. One of the moms says "The
director of the Nanfeng orphanage clearly cared very much about the children, in fact, he
and his wife were foster parents to one or two of the babies from our group."
(SC) For additional comments from parents of children from Nanfeng see Nanfeng Children.
We'd love to hear from any families that have children that are from Nanfeng and would
welcome any information anyone might have about the city or orphanage.
Above are photos given to a mom adopting November 1997, click to
see the enlarged photo.
Diez family pictures of Nanfeng SWI from September 2007
Family Trip (with pictures)
Photos received by an adopting family from the director
of the Nanfeng Orphanage during the summer of 1998."
Adoption of Hannah Feiyan: From China to Canada
How You Can Help the Children
Still in the Jiangxi Province Orphanages!!
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waiting to adopt from Nanfeng. You can subscribe by sending a message to
Photos of Children Adopted from
|Lu Xiao Schuang
||Caitlin Li Min
||Lu Ke Yao
|Lu Fei Yan
||Lu Xiao Dong
||Lu Xiao Jin
Lu Xiao Min
Lu Meng Hua
Lu Qiu Hong
Lu Ya Qin
Lu Li Ling
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if you have any additional information or if your child is from here and you would like to
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