Adopting internationally is a long and sometimes bewildering process. Here are some of the Web sites that I found particularly helpful.
The Adoption Process
|A Helping Hand Adoption Agency||This is the agency that we used for our Chinese adoption. They are one of the smaller agencies, but the personnel were very professional, patient, and helpful.|
|China Adoption Referral and Age Graphs||compilation of data showing waiting-time-to-referral, etc., for parents adopting from China|
|Personal China Adoption Stories||a list of links to various families' adoption stories, maintained by an adoptive parent|
China and the Chinese Language
|Map of China Provinces and Major Cities||the best maps of China that I've found on the Web, courtesy of Muztagh Travel (This site has the only map of Guangdong Province I could find that includes our daughter's birth place, Lianjiang!)|
|MandarinTools.com: On-line Chinese Tools||the best resource I have found for looking up Chinese words, etc.|
|Vocabulary Cards for China-adoptive Travelers||offers a set of cards with various common Chinese words and phrases, including the Chinese characters, Pinyin transliterations, simple phonetics, and English translations; also offers a CD with recordings of a native speaker saying each word and phrase on the cards|
|The Beijing Guide||good general China travel site, with a cool applet that speaks each number in Chinese, 1 through 10, when you click on the number|
|Mandarin Lessons||excellent site with many sound files, including a "Mandarin Sound Chart"|
|Learn Chinese Characters||cool site that provides the etymologies of Chinese characters, allowing you to learn the root meanings of your daughter's Chinese name!|
Other Travel Aids
|PandaPhone: China Cell Phone Rental||company that offers short-term cell phone rental in China; rates look reasonable compared to other services that I have researched|
|Research-China||offers to locate your daughter's "finding ad" in China -- the local newspaper ad in which the orphanage advertises the finding of the child (no money owed unless/until the ad is found)|
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This page was last updated on December 6, 2006.