Finding Ads

What is a Finding Ad, and why you would want one?

A Finding Ad is a newspaper advertisement in China for children who are found and brought to an orphanage. Since 1999, the orphanages in China have been required to run a provincial newspaper advertisement for all children who are found. These ads contain information about where and when the children were found and which orphanage is caring for them. Originally these were text-only ads, but most provinces later included photographs—photographs that are usually the earliest available pictures of the children, some at just days or weeks old. The photos here show my daughter's referral picture at 14 months old and her Finding Ad at 4 months old from Guangdong Province.

I have obtained many of the newspapers that contain Finding Ads for children adopted after June 1999 in the provinces listed below. I am actively working to obtain ads for other provinces and update the list when they become available. For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions about Finding Ads.

Finding Ads for China adoptees
Cost:
  • Text-Only Finding Ad: $25

  • Finding Ad w/Photo: $35

  • Finding Ad in the Original Newspaper (if available): $40 + ad fee