TianJin Children's Welfare Institute

 Address: 18 WuNiao Road NanKai, NanKai District    
    Postal Code: 300102      Telephone No: 22-2728-7535 or 2728-7513

Day 1:

Upon arrival in  Tianjin, you will be met in the arrivals area 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. If needed, the guide will take you to purchase gifts to the orphanage, he or she will recommend you some good restaurants and places to relax.

Day 2:

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Drive about 30mins to Tianjin Children's Welfare Institute, visit your child's home orphanage and meet with people related to your child's adoption. If you desire, host a lunch or dinner for the orphanage director and staff. Explore the local area with your guide. If needed, locate and visit the place where your child was found or visit your child's former foster family (if applicable and pending special permission). Then transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3:

Breakfast. Today you will have a full day sightseeing including Ancient Culture Street, Goddess Palace, Shi Family Compound (Yangliuqing Folk Arts Museum).

Day 4:

After the breakfast, our guide will transfer you to airport/railway station.

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.

Tianjin City Children’s Welfare Institute:

Address: 18 Nan Kai Wu Ma Road, Nan Kai District, Tianjin City, Jilin Province

Location:The orphanage is located in Tianjin City Tianjin, Nankai District, about 2 hours drive from Beijing, the Chinese capital.

Information about Tianjin:Tianjin is one of the most populated cities in China, with over 10 million inhabitants and an area of 11,300 kilometers cuadrados.Está located on the northeast coast of the country, north of the Grand Canal of China. It borders Hebei Province , the municipality of Beijing and the Yellow Sea.
Tianjin means "The Pier emperors " .
Tianjin 's climate is humid in summer due to the monsoon, and cold and dry in winter. Much of the rainfall occurs in the months of July and August.
Most of the population is of Han, who live with members of other ethnic groups such as the Hui and Mongols.
40% of the territory is destined to crops. The main products of the area are wheat, rice and corn.

General Information:Tianjin Orphanage was founded in 1882.
In 1955 , merged with the Tianjin Institute Reformatory and was officially Institute of Child Welfare appointed Tianjin .
It is an institution subordinate to the Civil Affairs Bureau of Tianjin for the adoption of disabled and abandoned children.
The total area of the orphanage is 7,848 square meters.
The orphanage offers classes to children for their education.
Some of the children living in the orphanage and other foster families. It also gives home for the elderly.
Half The Sky has several programs to help in this orphanage since November 2006.
Director of the orphanage:Ms. Zhang
Surnames of children:Wei
There’re many hotels in Tianjin City
Scenic spots in Tianjin:
Huangyaguan Great Wall
Huangyaguan Great Wall is an important military project of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and is located at the juncture of four cities, Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan and Chengde and is a wonderful example of ancient Chinese military engineering.
Jinmen Guli
Jinmen Guli means old place in Tianjin for the reason that Jinmen is another name for Tianjin and Guli implies old place. Actually Jinmen Guli is a street, Ancient Cultural Street (Gu Wenhua Jie). There are many stores along this street dealing in jade articles, antiques, traditional handicrafts, especially famous Niren Zhang painted sculptures and Weiji kites. What makes Gu Wenhua Jie so amazing is that buildings on both sides of this street imitate the architectural style of those in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Dule Temple
Dule Temple is more than 1,000 years old and consists of a complex of grand structures. In Dule Temple you can see the oldest multi-storied wooden pavilion in the country and the Kwan-yin statue, one of the biggest clay sculptures preserved in China.
Dagu Fort Built in 1858 close to the sea, Dagu Fort was used to protect the capital city of the Qing Dynasty, Beijing. If you ever visit Dagu Fort, there are other attractions around worthy your time as well, such as Haimen Bridge and Dagu Beacon.
Haihe River
Like a beautiful painting, Haihe River makes the city as charming as that seen in your imagination. In addition Haihe River Park and Wanghailou Church enhance Haihe River's beauty in great deal. You shouldn't miss the very appealing Haihe River at night as it surely will not disappoint.

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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With years of experience working with children in orphanages all over China, Lead to China is uniquely qualified to offer a special homeland experience for you. You will:

  • Visit the orphanage, foster family and finding site
  • Learn about birth country culture
  • Get the first hand price from local agency

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