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Everyone will be met in Beijing by Journeys' long-time China facilitator,
Marsha (Wang Huiqin), and her niece, Linda. They will
assist the group in Beijing, where they both live, and accompany the
families to Xi'an in Shaanxi Province where Marsha grew up. From Xi'an,
the families split up and fly to their child's home province where they
will be helped by a local, bilingual travel guide. The guide will help
families visit the orphanage, speak with the staff and officials, and
visit local attractions. The families then fly to Guangzhou and reunite
with Marsha at the beautiful White Swan Hotel.
TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
Families can book their own international flight to China, or Journeys
can do it for them. All travel and lodging within China will be arranged
by Journeys. In-country travel includes domestic flights, charter bus,
taxi, and possibly trains (in a child's home province). Families stay
at 4-star hotels in Beijing, Xi'an, the provincial capital of their
child's province, and in Guangzhou. If a visit to a child's orphanage
requires an overnight stay outside the provincial capital, a 4-star
hotel cannot be guaranteed.
WHY RETURN TO CHINA?
The best way for internationally-adopted children to gain self knowledge
and cultural pride is to visit their motherland. With this goal in mind,
Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services sponsors annual family tours
to China with the focus on introducing adopted Chinese children to their
native land and people, and reconnecting these children with their past.
The tours include trips to famous cultural and historical sites, as
well as opportunities to experience everyday life in China through visits
to a rural village, a middle-class urban home, and school.
An important part of Journeys' tours is the prearranged visit to each
child's home province and orphanage. Whenever possible, families will
have the opportunity to see the place where their child was found. This
orphanage visit is not an add-on; it is the cornerstone of these tours.
Journeys believes that adopted children are entitled to know as much- About their past as possible. The cultural and political circumstances
surrounding child abandonment in China make it nearly impossible for
adopted children to find their birth families, so Journeys' tours try
to bring children as close to their roots as can be arranged. Journeys
recommends that children be at least six years of age to go on this
trip. Families need not have adopted through Journeys of the Heart to
participate. Please join with other adoptive families on this journey
of self discovery!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?
Adoption professionals used to recommend that internationally-adopted
children wait until their teens or early adult-hood to return to the
country of their birth. Now, following the successful return trips of
many families with younger children, this advice has changed. Professionals
now believe that the preteen years, before age 11 or 12, are the optimal
years for children to experience and accept their birth culture. Preteens
are generally free of the fears or preconceptions that could filter
their China experience. They are less likely to be self-conscious and
self-absorbed, and more able to simply observe and accept things as
they are in China without judgement.
In addition, the trip strengthens a child's sense of personal identity
and self-esteem. It's best for children to lock in these positive feelings
before they reach the teen years, when insecurity and pressures to conform
are more prevalent.
Another reason for going sooner rather than later is that China is
changing very quickly. Old orphanages and neighborhoods are falling
under the wrecking ball of urban renewal. Orphanage workers are leaving
for better employment opportunities. If families are eager to uncover
clues to their child's past, they should start planning their trip now.
Adoption professionals also recommend that, in a two-parent family,
both parents make the trip. The tour is a powerful bonding experience
between parents and children, and the parent who remains at home is
left out. If circumstances prevent both parents from traveling, perhaps
the other parent and child can go at a later time.
A motherland trip is sure to bring up many questions and adoption issues
for children. To help families prepare for this, Journeys works with
nationally-respected adoption specialist, Jane Brown, MSW, to develop
materials that families will receive before the trip. The information
will cover the various emotions that children may experience before,
during, and after the trip, and how parents can help.
Journeys staff invites you to join with other adoptive families on
this journey of self discovery for your children.
For more information please
or call our Oregon office
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