WuWei City Social Welfare Institute

 Address: No. 496, Fuyang Road, Wuwei    
    Postal Code: 733000      Telephone No: 0935-6258106

Day 1:

Upon arrival in Lanzhou (the capital city of Gansu 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 Wuwei District SWI (about 4.5 hours 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 be tanferred to Lanzhou and have one day tour of Lanzhou. You will have one day tour of Huang River Custom Turist Line. 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.

Wuwei City Social Welfare Institute:

Address:No. 338 Fu Li Road, Wu Wei City, Gansu Province, 733000.

General Information:The orphanage is located in Wuwei central Gansu Province, Wuwei City, about 4 hours drive from Lanzhou, the provincial capital.
At the orphanage children and the elderly.
It works as such from 1950 to 2001 although international adoptions were initiated.
There are a caregiver for 4 children and it is estimated that there are about 200 children in total. Often children are grouped (7 to 10 children) in one room, with caregivers who work in shifts. Pet packages for children and also take pictures of the children if the parents send a disposable camera.
It has a small school within the orphanage where children are schooled, and from age 11 will teach them a trade to leave the orphanage to become self-sufficient.
Most children are in foster care although some live in the orphanage.
The city was a center of cultural and economic exchanges with the western regions that are now in western China and some areas of Central Asia, a strategic area in the Silk Road and a center of Buddhism. It is now a major producer of grain, energy and oil. It is located approximately halfway between Lanzhou and Zhangye.

Located on the historical Silk Road, Wuwei is considered to be one of the most famous historical and cultural cities of China with plenty of historical recourses. There are numerous historical and cultural relics for sightseeing in the city. The most famous ones include the Confucian Temple, Leitai Tombs of Han Dynasty, Changcheng Town (Great Wall Town), Tianzhu Small Three Gorges, Shimengou Grassland Park and Tiantishan Grotto. When traveling in Wuwei, you should not miss those worth seeing attractions.

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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