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From a mom traveling June 1995: "Approaching the city we saw rice fields and then crossed a river before entering Yichun. The orphanage was two stories and shaped like a square U. It also houses the dependent elderly and handicapped. Before bringing in Briella they served me watermelon in a small room with a couch and chairs. This is the only time I was inside. I saw some older children (maybe age 3 or so) peering around corners at us. Otherwise it was very quiet. Briella was brought in by her foster mom. Here's me in an outside hallway of the orphanage with our guide Tao Chi and some buildings next to the orphanage . We were also served a banquet in Yichun Briella was the 100th baby to be adopted from this orphanage. One of the orphanage directors is the women above in the white shirt. She was very entertaining, an animated and talkative women. The food was wonderful."
And from a family adopting in October 1994 that was able to visit the orphanage: There were two buildings at the orphanage. They were parallel to each other with approx 40' between them where orange trees were planted. The right side was where the handicapped children were (we could see one of them through the window). That building was one-story. We went to the second floor of the building on the left to get our daughter. We never saw where the infants were kept but I always assumed they were also in the building on the left. We put some of our YiChun photos on the web at http://home.carolina.rr.com/rsfox/family_archive/china.htm The photo at the bottom right of the page is the building on the right with the handicapped children.
They have been quite a few families adopting from Yichun since the above adoption but visits to the orphanage by adopting parents have been quite rare. See comments sent by adopting parents.
I was able to visit in April 2002 with the Amity staff to see the work we've been sponsoring there. It appears that the current buildings are new since the above photos. And the photos from the 1995 visit may have been from a smaller branch of the orphanage, in a different part of the city, where the infants with the surname Yuan stayed. Children are no longer at this satellite facility. Please contact me for information on how to see some of the photos I took during my visit.
There is now an e-mail group specifically for those who have adopted from Yichun and those who are going to adopt from Yichun (have referrals). You can sign up at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AdoptYichun.
Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any additional information or if your child is from here and you would like to post a picture or other information here.