One reason why I have always wanted to go to China was to see a bit what the adoption process is like here (ever since my mission to Taiwan, I have had a desire to adopt a Chinese girl). There are several orphanages nearby that I have been able to visit and recently had the opportunity to go to some orphanages to take some photos. The photos I took are used for doctors to examine problems, and also for the Swallow's Nest website.
The orphanages I have been going to are a part of The Swallow's Nest (visit the website here).
Most of the children in these orphanages end up there because they are abandoned at hospitals or other places, usually because of physical defects. At the Swallow's nest, care is provided for the children and the orphanage arranges what it can to provide medical attention for the children.
You can see in the above picture problems with the hands and feet. Many of the children in this orphanage are here for that or a very similar reason.
|Yeah... Chinese kids are basically adorable.|
|Many of the children have internal problems like this girl.|
|On the way to another orphanage I saw this man I decided to take a picture since I already had my camera ready. He is not a kid, but I am sure he once was.|
|Many of the children, like this girl, are in the orphanage because they have spina bifida.|
On the way home I took a few more pictures just so you can see what an average street is like here. Good times.