Experiences of Families Adopting from Yingtan
From one of the earliest adopting families: We adopted Fu Tian, now known as Malia
Christine, in Sept. '95 at 5 1/2 months old, 12 pounds. (newborn size
clothing!)Malia was one of 4 girls adopted from Ying Tan, three "born"
within 2 weeks of one another, the other, age 8 months. We didn't get to
go to the orphanage as the Dying Room had just aired, Harry Wu was just
getting out of jail, and Hilary Clinton left the Women's Conference the
day we got there! Anyway, all four girls had been in foster care.
Malia's foster mother said she had gotten her the day she was born
(Malia was left with a note). There was a one week discrepancy between
the orphanage birth date and what the foster mother was telling us. We
didn't get that one straightened out. We tend to believe what the foster
mom said, but with only a one week difference, we just use the orphanage
date for our birthdate. We have exchanged letters with the foster mother
since being back, but we haven't heard from her the last two winters. I
worry. She was really good with Malia. Malia had no developmental delays
but did have boils on her chest and under her chin and HUGE (1.5 inches)
pus-filled bumps on the back of her head. Our dermatologist called it "follicullitis." Antibiotics started to clear it all up within 48 hours.
From a that family traveled in June 1997: "We didn't get any information about the orphanage from the director. We had very little time to prepare for the arrival of our little girl. They were waiting for us in the lobby when we arrived at the Jiangxi Hotel. As a result we were caught a bit off guard and I didn't think to ask questions about the orphanage. It was also very difficult to ask questions through our interpreter. The director did seemed to be a very nice lady. We did learn that our daughter and one other little girl in our group were both in foster care that was organized through the orphanage in Yingtan. Our daughter and the other little girl in our group were both very well cared for by their foster families. (KM)
From a dad returning April 1998: Our daughter was adopted from the Yingtan orphanage near Nanchang at almost one year of age. We met her at our hotel in Nanchang (Jiangxi Hotel) on the evening of March 31. She had a fever, scabies, and some bad eczema patches arising from the scabies. We treated the scabies with Elimite and the fever with Tylenol, Tylenol Cold and Motrin as we could get them from our generous traveling companions. She had apparently received mostly formula at the orphanage, but we immediately started offering table food and she refused nothing. We fed her oatmeal, chopped noodles, rice, egg, peas, cheerios, and a variety of other Chinese dishes. We asked the orphanage director, director of infant care, and accountant to dinner with us and had the opportunity to ask many questions about the babies' treatment and preferences. They knew a lot about her and appeared to genuinely care about her (particularly that she was bundled warmly!). Apparently she had received foster care from August to September 1997 and had been at the orphanage since then. The orphanage cared for about 50 infants and a few older children at any time. The babies' primary exercise seemed to come from being placed outside in wheeled, self-propelled aluminum frames, but our daughter has developed no lower body strength at this point. On passing her first birthday, Aislinn was only 13 lbs. and still does not crawl or turn over. She is otherwise healthy and very happy. By her second appointment 12 days later, she had gained a half-pound. (ES)
From another adoptive mom: "We traveled to Nanchang in March of 1998 to adopt our daughter from Yingtan. There were seven kids (ages about 14 months to 2 years old) from the orphanage in our group. Most were in foster care for some period of time and all were pretty healthy. I have additional information on the orphanage that I can share by email for those interested. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Another mom: "Our daughter was in foster care from the day she was found at the orphanage door. A couple in their 50's with grown children took care of her and another child who was also adopted in our group. I thought her development was very good. This foster mother did an excellent job. Of the eight children adopted in Nanchang on September 20, 1999, three came from Ying Tan. First was my daughter who was fourteen months and her foster care sister who was eight months. And a three year old was adopted by a single mother. Each child formed a good attachment to the new parents, including the three year old. All three were in foster care. The three year old had an infection on her neck which needed to drain. The local hospital and a US doctor traveling with our group took care of this. While the girls were thin, they were in good health. My daughter is VERY mobile and can crawl quickly across a room. The three year old was walking and was toilet trained. Even though the girls were in foster care, the orphanage people knew exactly who they were and voluntarily interacted with all of them at different points of the day. Also, everything they told me about my daughter regarding her personality and likes and dislikes was very accurate." (AA, a. 9/99)
A more recent adoption: There were three of us (out of 11 families) in our
Holt travel group that received Yingtan babies. Two of the babies were
smiling & laughing - the third was screaming & screeching her head off!
One of the first pictures I received of my daughter was taken at age 7 1/2 weeks
showed a tiny baby screaming, so I suspected it was her! I was
right! She was the smallest of the three, probably weighing about 15 lbs
at the time (10 1/2 months - 29 inches) and her ribs were protruding some (I
initially thought she might have a broken rib). Although I believe she
received the best possible care from her foster family in Yingtan she was
definitely malnourished. Her body was also covered with either mosquito or
flea bites (no it wasn't scabies). S he would not take a bottle (either American
or Chinese) and I am still not sure how she was fed or if she had ever had a
bottle. She did become ill during our trip (as did I with a 24 hour
stomach virus) and became dehydrated. We made a trip to the Children's
Hospital in Nanchang, and although people there were kind, I would not recommend
taking your child there! It was an eye-opening experience! I then
called our pediatrician at home (which is what I should have done in the first
place) and she was a big help! We got through it and she finally started
taking 8 oz of formula at each meal about five days after we returned
home. Other than a bacterial infection, she has received a terrific
medical report here at home!
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