Ningdu Children's Welfare Institute

Ningdu Children's Welfare Institute
This is where it all began ...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Our daughter rang in the New Year with her Barbie guitar and a lot of energy, ready to rock in the new and shake off the old!

For us, it's hard to believe that our Ningdu Princess will be 8 years old in November 2011. Time has flown by and, along with this flight of time, we've enjoyed a lot of smiles, laughs and surprises. We hope that every Ningdu Family has a wonderful and happy year that's filled with joy and love.

Monday, April 13, 2009

CNN Reports Fewer Children Adopted Out of China

It was bound to happen, the proverbial 'closing of the door,' and we knew that when it happened, many countless couples hoping and wishing for a child - whether to add to an existing family or simply to have their first - this would be a disappointment.

CNN correspondent, Emily Chang, hits the nail squarely on the head with, Finding a home: Fewer children up for adoption in China. Apparently the changing attitude in China toward domestic adoptions, coupled with an increasing number of foreign applications has done much to dwindle the availability of adoptable children.

"Zhang estimates that there are 30,000 international applications waiting to be processed in China. These days, the wait can be up to five years," according to Chang.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Chinese Blog Provides Minute-by-Minute Updates on Earthquake

The Beijinger has an incredible amount of information on the current situation in China following Monday's earthquake.

For up-to-the-minute updates, follow The Beijinger. You will want to bookmark this site.

International Assistance For China, Victims of Tragic Earthquake

One site that provides a plethora of aid agencies ready to assist China and the victims from Monday's devestating earthquake is National Public Radio. Correspondents in Chengdu are busy keeping the NPR Blog updated on rescue and relief efforts.

Go to NPR's "Chengdu Diary" for the latest information. Here you will find a list of international aid groups working to assist the victims of this tragic situation.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Cool New China Blog!

Although a very long way from Ningdu, this blog caught my eye and in a big way! The content captures the imagination and conveys what is happening in China's capitol city.

For the casual to serious China 'watcher,' the Beijinger is a must, especially as we near the start of the 2008 Olympics!

Happy Mother's Day To All Mothers Around The World!

Many of us would not have been blessed with children from China if not for the current Chinese government dictate of one-child. Change to that policy could have well been achieved had the government not been successful in the crackdown on Chinese demonstrators in Tiananmen Square nearly 20 years ago.

I know this site has strayed from the political, but on Mother's Day, we should remember those Chinese mothers who have given so much, whether voluntarily or by government policy, to abide by this regime's rule. Had those brave young people succeeded in China, I seriously doubt that the PRC would now have the one-child policy. My husband and I dearly love our Angela. But today, we are ever so mindful of Angela's Chinese mother and can only wish in tears that her choice had not been made for her by the current government.

Please visit this site to send your best wishes to the Mother's of Tiananmen Square.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, worldwide.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

赤身 ADVENTURE - Real Time Blog From Ningdu

Several weeks ago, as Lisa was preparing for her big trip back to China with her two daughters and husband, Ian, we had the chance to chat during our annual FCC-San Diego Chinese New Year party. They are in China and have created this blog to chronicle their travels - 赤身 ADVENTURE.

The youngest of their two daughters is from Ningdu and Lisa's most recent post of March 27 shares with readers her discoveries while visiting Ningdu. Our daughter and Lisa's are the same age and were received only six weeks apart. Interesting that in the San Diego area, there are 2 Ningdu girls. Are there any others out there?

Check out Lisa's blog and enjoy learning about the Hakka. Chances are, your child is one if he or she is from Ningdu or the Jiangxi Province.

Great posts, Lisa! Thank you.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Best wishes to out to everyone who is celebrating 4075, the Year of the Rat. May the Chinese New Year bring continued happiness, good health and propserity to all!

Gung hay fat choy!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Who Is Emma Bo? Do You Know?

It was May 27, 2007 when I first noticed this book, tucked amongst the many others in the China section of Bay Books, a popular used book store in Concord, California. It was unusual to find a hard cover copy of "The Lost Daughters of China," a must-read for adoptive parents of Chinese children, authored by Bay Area resident, Karin Evans.

What made for an even more unusual find was the beautiful inscription on the inside page, written in July 2000.

This book was a gift to Emma Bo, an adoptive daughter from China. What is so haunting about this particular "find" is that a very personal message to this woman's daughter was left in a bookstore for more than 8 months.

So, the obvious question to be asked is, "Who is Emma Bo?"

Since May 2007, I have frequented Bay Books no less than 5 times while visiting the area, and on every one of those visits, I have pulled this book from the shelf, hoping to find a "clean" copy, without dog ears, scribbles or highlighting. However, a week ago of that all changed; I purchased this book.

The inscription from mother to her daughter says what any of us would hope to say to our adoptive children. It's the essence of pure beauty and love. I bought this book and have included it with other books on China and adoption that I have built for my own daughter. One day she will come to learn that there are others just like her, and that the love a parent has is both deep and enduring.

I have thought about Emma Bo and her mother for more than 8 months. Why did this special gift find itself on a shelf of a used bookstore? If anyone happens to know Emma Bo's mother, please convey to her that I have retrieved her book and will gladly reunite it with her, if she so desires. She can contact me at

Thank you!

(Click the picture to enlarge for easy reading of the inscription.)