China Adoption Referral Stats
- statistics on average wait from
DTC date to referral, age of child at referral. Updated weekly.
CCAA/Matching Room pictures
- why does it take so long from
the time dossiers are sent to China for referrals to come in? Pictures from the infamous "matching room"
China Centre of Adoption Affairs
- a description of the organzition of CCAA,
with some additional matching room pictures.
Jan/Feb '04 DTC families
- web site for families whose dossiers were
sent to China in January and February 2004.
Adoptions From The Heart
- our agency
Referral call questions
- We don't expect to be thinking
too clearly when the referral call comes in. We'll be using this checklist to make sure we ask all
the important questions.
Post referral, pre travel checklist
- things to do
- we asked pediatricians
a couple of the questions on this list. A lot of them would have irrelevant, and some would have been
downright rude. Interesting to see what other adoptive parents are thinking.
- provides finding ads, info pertaining to specific abandoned children
Growth charts for Chinese children
Map of China with provinces
Shamian Island interactive map
- Shamian Island in Guangzhou is home to
the US Consulate. Ultimately, all US families adopting from China must pass through here. The famous
White Swan Hotel
is on Shamian Island also. Another map is here.
- "Danny's Bagel and Pizza," located on Shamian island,
is the place to get American
In this article, Danny himself gives tips for navigating Guangzhou.
Mei-D-Bugs Packing Lists & Tips
- packing list prepared by
someone who made the adoption trip with carry-on luggage only.
Help for World Travelers (phone/electric)
- explanation of converters and
adapters required to make US electronics compatible with electric and phone systems worldwide. Includes
pictures of electric outlets from all countries.
International airline carry-on luggage policies
My Travel Wallet
- Order foreign currency online. Should be useful for conversion purposes
Projected flight path Newark to Hong Kong
Airline flight information
- real-time departure, position, and arrival information, with a map
Learn Chinese Characters
- extensive dictionary, includes pronunciation.
Mandarin phrases for baby
- includes audio.
Surival Chinese w/Audio
Chinese family relationship titles
- if the "formal" characters
don't display in your browser, click "view" on the menu bar, and under "Encoding" or "Character encoding" select one of the
Chinese character sets (either traditional or simplified)
Links to many resources for learning Chinese
- introduction to pinyin
, includes audio
Fat Ming Co.
- Chinese greeting cards and red "lucky money" envelopes
Three Friends Greeting Cards
- Asian-inspired adoption announcements from
our friend and fellow AFTHer