DianBai County Social Welfare Institute
In July 1997, the first dedicated orphanage facility was completed. This five-story building had four babyrooms, located on the second (1), third (2) and fourth (1) levels. This facility was closed in June 2003, and is now used as an Old Folk's home. Around 1999, the children began to given the name of "Lin" as the last name, that being the last name of Director Lin.
The current facility was completed in June 2003, and is next door to the old facility. This three-story building has four baby rooms, on levels two and three. Each room has about 10 children. In April 2003, Mr. Lin was promoted to the Civil Affairs Bureau, and Mr. Huang was tapped as the new director. Mr. Huang began surnaming the children "Dian," but was soon informed by the CCAA that this name was not appropriate. So, with 40 children named "Dian," the orphanage changed the surname to "Bai" around August 2003, and that surname is still used today.
In 2001, the orphanage district was restructured to make room for the creation of the Maoming-Maogang District orphanage in 2003. Qijing, Potou and several other western towns were shifted from Dianbai to the new Maogang orphanage.
The average temperature is 23 degrees C. (January 15.9, July 28.5).
By bus DianBai is located 5 hours west of Guangzhou on the South China Sea. It is 20 minutes by taxi south of Maoming City, which can be reached by train from Guangzhou. It is a rural farming town, with a large fishing port located in Bohe Village. Dianbai can be reached by express bus from the Guangzhou Provincial Bus Station, or by train through Maoming. Tourist destinations include the ancient arch in Diancheng, the "#1 Beach" resort, and "Chicken Island." Another interesting sight is the large fishing port in Bohe.
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Available from Research-China:
• Orphanage Data Book - We offer adoptive families the opportunity to obtain all finding ad data for their child's orphanage as early as 1999 (date varies by orphanage), compiled and organized into a beautiful, 6"x9" hardbound book.
• Photographs of City - Over the years, Research-China has visited many orphanages throughout China. We have built a large catalog of photos from these journeys that are available to families for purchase. They include, for example, pictures of the orphanages and staff, foster parents, finding locations, sites around the villages, towns and cities.
• Maps - Our maps are the perfect way to locate orphanages, finding locations, and other important features of your child's city. We offer maps in originals and scanned versions.
• DVD of City - Research-China.Org's orphanage DVDs provide a great look into the city of your child's birth. Orphanage tours (often including babyrooms), finding locations, and cultural and historical sites provide a wonderful introduction to your child's birth city.
• Yahoo Family Newsgroup - All adoptive families should join their child's orphanage newsgroup. This allows families to exchange information, locate crib-mates, and otherwise remain informed of events and information about their child's orphanage. Click here for more information about the importance of these Yahoo groups.