Orphanage Data Books
An "Ellis Island" record of China adoptions ...
Much like the immigration records of Ellis Island tell a story of the 12 million people who migrated to the United States between 1892 and 1954, the finding ads of the tens of thousands of children adopted internationally from China represent a historical record of China's international adoption program.
When I began collecting finding ad newspapers in 2002, I didn't realize just how much valuable information they would provide. At the time, orphanages didn’t provide the finding ads to adoptive families; the ads were simply an “internal” procedural artifact required by the Chinese government in order for a child to be internationally adopted. As our collection of finding ad newspapers grew, I began to realize that the information contained in the ads could provide a picture of a different nature: a demographic picture of an orphanage’s adoption program.
By compiling the finding ages, genders, health data, finding location, and even, in some cases, the Chinese names themselves, I was able to draw important conclusions about the children's finding circumstances, such as whether the location was frequently cited by the orphanage, how common or uncommon a child’s finding age was, and whether there were patterns that displayed non-random findings. With all of the data from a particular orphanage, I found I could compare a single finding—the proverbial “tree”—against the backdrop of the entire “forest” of findings from that orphanage.
Although we are able to synthesize the data from the finding ads into a very informative Birth Parent Search Analysis or Orphanage Reliability Analysis for adoptive families, in those reports we are only able to touch the surface of an orphanage's finding data.
We are excited to be able to 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. The Orphanage Data Books come complete with beautiful illustrations, a helpful introduction, and a summary of orphanage information that will allow adoptive families to identify other children found at the same finding location or on the same day, detect patterns not covered in our analysis reports, or just possess all of the primary data for their child's orphanage. The book price is just $45, or, if you order either an Orphanage Reliability Analysis or a Birth Parent Search Analysis at the same time, you'll save $15 by getting both for $80!
We are now publishing Orphanage Data Books for Anhui, Chongqing, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi , and Shanxi provinces. Generally, a minimum of five orders or more will be needed to produce an orphanage book, so if you are interested in an orphanage data book not on this list, please let other families from that orphanage know about the data books.
We have Data Books available for the following orphanages: (*latest additions)
Yongzhou City, including:
Shangrao (Ling, Rao)