ShangHai Children's Welfare Institute

 Address: No. 9977 Zhong Chun Road, Min Xing District    
    Postal Code: 201101      Telephone No:  21-5447-0802

Day 1:

Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met in the arrival areas by your local guide holding a flag of "Lead to China". After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in.

Day 2:

You will be picked up at the hotel lobby and transferred to Shanghai CWI (about 30 minutes driving). Your orphanage visitation typically includes a meeting with the orphanage director and staff, see Children's playroom and the files, the institute will send you some souvenirs. You will have a lunch with them. Then take you to finding site of your child. Finally, transfer you to your hotel.

Day 3:

Today you will have one day tour of Shanghai. The recommended scenic spot are Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Nanjing Road, Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower. Or you can arrange your private activities this day.

Day 4:

You will be transferred to airport or railway station to leave. Tour ends here

Prior to your orphanage visit application submission, please make sure you have the following documents ready:

A copy of each visitor's passports

A copy of the adoption certificate or the notarized adoption documents

An orphanage visit application letter

We all know that it is important to return to China. Apart from visiting the orphanage, children may focus more on traveling itself. Therefore, if adoptive families want to explore more tourist cities in China, please feel free to tell us. And we will customize a heritage tour of lifetime for you.

ShangHai City Children’s Welfare Institute:

Address: 9977 Zhongchun Road, Min Xing District, Shanghai City, Jilin Province

Location:The orphanage is located in Shanghai City Shanghai, Minhang District, in the center of Shanghai Municipality.

Information about Shanghai:It is the largest city in China. It has 18.45 million inhabitants , an area of 6,340 km ² and is also one of the most populated cities in the world .
Is located south of the Yangzi delta , along the Huangpu River, which empties into the East China Sea .
Shanghai means Shang Hai = and = above sea.
The area where the city is located was settled and founded by refugees from the Mongols to the 960-1126 a. C. In 1842 the Treaty of Nanjing in the port of Shanghai was opened to Western trade after being captured by the British during the First Opium War was signed.
Experienced spectacular economic and tourism growth during the 90s , being home to many multinational companies and cutting-edge skyscrapers.
Shanghai is administratively equal to a province and is divided into 18 districts and one county .
It has a humid subtropical climate with distinct seasons .

General Information:Its predecessor was a Baby Care Center established by the Union of the Catholic Church in 1911. In 1956 it changed its name to the Institute of Child Welfare Shanghai.
In October 2001 , the orphanage was moved to its current location in the Minhang district .
Its total area is 72,000 square meters, but the use of actual area is 26,150 square meters. The orphanage gives home to about 600 children , although there are 2,000 children who depend on it . The rest live with host families in the city.
95 % of children have some special needs.
It is considered one of the best orphanages and also one of the largest.
Both the director and other orphanage staff speak very good English , also have internet access and you can contact them easily .
Senior officials in Shanghai have personally visited the orphanage during important festivals such as Children's Day , Christmas, New Year ...
In June 2002, the orphanage opened in a program of Half The Sky .
In 2001 Alliance For Children has donated rehabilitation equipment to the orphanage. In fact there is a section of the orphanage dedicated to the rehabilitation of children with special needs.
Da home babies and school children attending classes in the same orphanage . It has a qualified and skilled personnel , and medical and dental services , and programs of music and dance classes .
In 1998 , a man named Snow traveled to the orphanage to donate one million yuan on behalf of Great Wall with the objective that could make a library for children. Five years later, on April 1, 2003 , the library was completed and the children now and enjoy it .
In some cases, the delivery of the child is made in the same orphanage , but not always. In some cases the adoption process also realitzan therein.
Phone Number : 21-5447-082

Director of the orphanage :Zhang Shu Ping.Su English name is Angela .

Surnames of children :

Depending on the year entering the orphanage bear a surname or other :
1994: His
1995: Tang
1996: Wang
1997: Zhou
1998: Li
1999: Lin
2000: Zhang
2001: Chen
2002: Xu
2003: Liu
2004 : I
2005: Zhao
2006: Qian
2007: Sun
2008: Wu
2009 onwards : no data
There’re many hotels in Shanghai City

Scenic spots in Shanghai:
The Bund & Huangpu River
Huangpu River is not only the mother river of Shanghai, which divides the city into east and west parts, but also assembles the splendid attractions of the city. Situated on the east bank of the Huangpu River, the Bund is the symbol of Shanghai. New finance and commercial houses as well as grand buildings built in 1930s in the European architectural styles cluster along the Bund. At night bright lights add to the happy atmosphere as people stroll along the wide riverside promenade.
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is considered to be the 'No. 1 commercial street in China', which has been a landmark for this city for a long time. Along its 5.5 kilometers, you will find over 600 shops that on average are visited by some 1.7 million people each day. Here, you could purchase everything wanted, spanning from special and cheap souvenirs to the luxurious world famous brands.
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden is the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with Ming and Qing architectural styles. The garden has six areas, each with its own style. The Grand Rockery, in the center of the Garden, is the most renowned sight. Near the garden, there is the City God Temple, where various of local snack shops and streets are scattered around.
Jade Buddha Temple
It is one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in Shanghai. The White Jade Buddhas were brought here from Burma in the nineteenth century. One is seated while the other is in the recumbent position of Sakyamuni symbolizing the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment or nirvana. The temple also has some impressive images of the Heavenly Kings. Although many people come to worship each day and burn incense at this very holy and active shrine, visitors are welcome.
Xin Tian Di
If you want to experience the historical and cultural atmosphere of the city, Xin Tian Di is a wise choice. Composed of Shikumen and modern architectural style, now it has become a hot and fashionable pedestrian street in the center of the city. Actually, it stands for the popular and leisurely life style of this city's new generation. The outdoor cafés, bars and romantic restaurants can be seen everywhere.
Similar Attraction: Tianzifang

Hello, as of today, it is about a little to 2 weeks till my departure. I did not receive any emails regarding to Shanghai orphanage visitation. Please reply as soon as possible. Required documents and dates available for visitation. I am on a 12 day tour from October 4th-16th. Will be in Shanghai from 16th-20th. Thank you!
Asked by June Krause (Sep.21, 2017)

Trip Consultant (Sep.21, 2017) replied:
Hi June, we have sent email to you on Aug.10. It seems you have received it, please check your junk mail also. Or please email us the copy of passport/adoption certification to . Thank you

Would very much like to visit my hometown orphanage more than 1x. About myself: In 1999, I was adopted by an Alaskan family at age 10. I can proudly say that I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity that many others don't get. I am grateful to have a family now, but inside, I will always feel that void. Since my adoption, my family & I never visited China once. 18 years later, I believe it's time to revisit my hometown and get to know my culture. I would sincerely appreciate if you can get in touch with the orphanage director Angela to allow me to visit the new institute I once knew. Thank you and I am anxious to hear from you soon. June E. Krause (Fu Jun born in 1989)
Asked by June E. Krause (Aug.10, 2017)

Tour Consultant (Aug.10, 2017) replied:
Hi June, thanks for your inquiry. We can arrange Shanghai orphanage for you, please check your email address for more details.

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Revisiting the orphanage is the important aspect of your homeland heritage trip, what do we need to prepare for this part? Here are some tips for your reference:

Depending on the size of the SWI and how often visitors return, a visit could can be a highly anticipated event by the staff, or a routine, minor inconvenience to the day to day running of the institution.

You will want to discuss this aspect of reality with your child and prepare her or him for what it might be like, based on what you know. It is good to talk to your child about what to expect and then what to do if things turn out differently than you expect. It is important to develop an attitude of flexibility and focus on enjoying the experience rather than to get set on things going a certain way, since things don’t always go exactly as planned on any trip or daily life experience. A small gift is always appropriate for the effort expended by the director and or staff to accommodate the visiting family.

Since it may be several years after an adoption, it’s not unusual that the orphanage moved to a new place. Remember it’s normal, natural, time will not stand still, just as your children changed dramatically from she/he was a baby when just there.

If you are interested in visit both of the orphanages, we are happy to facilitate it, you can follow the previous footprint to recall your excitement when you look at your children at first time.

We usually arrange visiting the finding site for families if have the Notarial Certificate of the finding place. The finding site usually is at the front of hospital/orphanage/government agencies, etc. Please note that there places may be changed also.

Since visiting the finding site is the most emotional part of the trip, it’s a personal decision for each family and only you can make the decision if you want to accomplish it.

We always arrange the meeting with the previous caregiver/ foster family. If you have the information of the previous caregiver, we will try our best to find her. Please do remember that it’ll be some years after your adoption, the caregiver may be moved away or be retired. If the caregiver is still working in the orphanage, the director will happy to facilitate the connection.

Also please note that the caregiver may take care of more than one hundred babies in the orphanage, so that she may not remember your child well.

If your family is interested or inclined to invite the orphanage director to lunch, it is proper to invite others in the meeting as well. This would usually be one or two of the directors' assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, then you should extend that invitation through the director to show the proper respect that the position merits. Your guide will handle this for you, but inviting the staff through the director follows proper etiquette for the situation. Some of the orphanages offer the free lunch while the others request about USD90-USD150 for the extra charge. You may ask our trip consultant before you travel.

When visiting an orphanage, it is appropriate to prepare some gifts for the director/staff and the children. You can invite the director, the staff or the caregiver to have lunch together or prepare fruit basket for them, for their effort expended to accommodate the visiting family.

As for the gifts to kids, you can prepare some snacks, candy, books, school backpacks, toys and so on. Usually, you can buy them when arrival at the orphanage place, the guide can escort you.

If you want to donate something more valuable and not sure what is needed for the orphanage, you can first learn it from the director and then purchase them from the local market. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

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