NanJing Children's Welfare Institute

 Address: No.80 Hou Zai Men Village,NanJing City    
    Postal Code: 210000      Telephone No: 25-848-22286,25-848-24053

Day 1:

Upon arrival in Nanjing (the capital city of Jiangsu Province), 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 Nanjing SWI (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:

Transfer you to Nanjing. Today you will have one day tour of Nanjing. The recommended scenic spots are Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and Confucius Temple. 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.

NanJing Children's Welfare Institute:

Address:No.80 Hou Zai Men Village,NanJing City

General Information: Nanjing Children's Welfare Institute was created in 1951. It is located in the district Hou Zai Men, in the city of Nanjing. It consists of over 20,000 square meters, and the current use area is 18,000 square meters.
There are about 280 staff and 650 dependent children of the orphanage (some with host families in the city).
The orphanage has three sections: the orphanage itself, the hospital and the rehabilitation center.
In 2004, the orphanage was named as the designated hospital for surgery and rehabilitation of many children. In September 2006 Half The Sky opened a program to aid in this orphanage.In 1953, Jiangsu province named our institute as “First Class Provincial Welfare Institution”. In 1994, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the state awarded the title “2nd Class National Social Welfare Institution”. In 1997, the Ministry of Civil Affairs awarded the title “Civil Service Model Unit under National Civil Affairs System”. Since establishment, it has been recognized by provincial and municipal government as “Progressive and Modernized Unit” every year.
You can take flight to Nanjing city. Then we can arrange our guide and driver to pick up you and take you to visit the Nanjing Orphanage.
For accommodation, most hotels in Nanjing are with best facilities and service. You will welcomed and enjoy it in every hotel.
Nanjing is also a popular toourist city. There are famous scenic spots such as: Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River, the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Linggu Temple, old city wall, and Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum.

Hello . I adopted my daughterfrom Nanjing's Child Welfare Institute on February 4, 1996. She wishes to visit. We will be in Nanjing early April. May we, and if yes, how would we plan a visit? Thank you
Asked by Marisa Laviola (Dec.27, 2018)

Tour Consultant (Dec.27, 2018) replied:
Hi Marisa, thank you for your inquiry! We have just sent you an email, please kindly evaluate it. Thank you.

Hi, my name is Lila. I was adopted from china, Nanjing, Jian su. I was taken care of by my foster family in china for 7 years. My foster family also took care of my older brother who is also from orphanage. He got adopted about like 9 years ago. I would like to contact him but I don't know his American families name or anything. I was wondering if there is anyone that I can find out his families name and reach him. Also, I was wondering if there is anyway I can contact orphanage where I was, and who helped my USA parents to adopt me. I'm pretty sure they have the documents about older brother. Thank you very much.
Asked by Lila (Jul.22, 2017)

Ttrip advisor (Jul.22, 2017) replied:
Hi. Lila Please kindly check your email with some useful information. Hope it is helpful for you.

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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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