All Stories (46 total)

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Haven Vander Bie

Oct 4, 2019
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Lizzie Sterner

Apr 23, 2019
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Robin Bell

Apr 23, 2019
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Deborah Amazon

Mar 28, 2019

Deborah Amazon recounts the story of how she came to adopt her daughter, Leah. Leah did not want to participate, but told her mother it was ok for her…

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Ivy Zhuhua Ni Maldonado

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Ivy and my intro to Our China Stories is not like everybody else's story. It's an original, unique and one of a kind story. My story is a…

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Greta Wohlfeld

Feb 12, 2019

`My name is Greta Wohlfeld and I'm almost 10.` `I used to be in a Girl Scout group with a bunch of people adopted from China and I do celebrate…

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Harper Wieland

Feb 12, 2019

Before I was Harper, I was called Dong Dong by my care givers in my SWI. I only remember this from the stories I am told by my adoptive mom. I was…

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Hannah Weaver

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Hannah Weaver. I was born in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, and adopted at the age of 13 months. I am currently a high school sophomore…

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Zoe Watts

Feb 12, 2019

My name is Zoe Watts. I’m an 18-year-old student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, majoring in Studio Art. I was adopted from Yulin…

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Jill Warnke

Feb 12, 2019

Last year I was doing Annie. And there are lots of orphans and I wanted to audition for Tessie. I think she was like 10 years old, or 11, and I…

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Jencie and Juliann Tomasek

Feb 12, 2019

Now 12, Jencie was 5 when her parents adopted Juliann, an experience she calls `cool` though also a learning experience in sharing. `I think it was a…

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Tinka

Feb 12, 2019

I am the adoptive mother of a Chinese son and I worked for a decade in Hunan Province as a volunteer with a Christian NGO. In early 2016, a Chinese…

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Stuy family

Feb 12, 2019

Lan was born and raised in China. The girls are her adoptive daughters. Brian is a Utah native. Together, Lan and Brian help other parents of adopted…

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Lily Selvaggi

Feb 12, 2019

I haven't really thought much about my Chinese history, maybe because I don't need to think about it in my present-day life, but also because it's…

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Lily Stafeil

Feb 12, 2019

Hi, my name is Lily. I am nine years old and I live in Michigan. I have two big brothers, one younger step brother, one older step sister. My family…

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Sophie Mei (Qiu Mei Hui) Poole

Feb 12, 2019

I am adopted from China, and I have always had a dream to go there and visit the orphanage I spent the first 10 months of my life at. I am 13 years…

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Jeanette Scinto

Feb 12, 2019

What would have Dan Dan's life have been like? That is a question I often think about when reflecting on my adoption. Who was I before I was Jeanette…

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Jian Rzeszewicz

Feb 12, 2019

Hello! My name is Jian Rzeszewicz and I'm just a simple 20-year- old college student in the rainy state of Washington trying to find her niche in the…

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Purtell family

Feb 12, 2019

Kai, 7, and Zoe and Grace, twin 9-year-old sisters, make up the heart and soul of the Purtell household of San Antonio, Texas. Kai has had 12…

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Emi Pennington

Feb 12, 2019

Is Emi, 14, interested in visiting China? In a word, maybe: `When I get older, much older.` `I want to go visit France and everything before I visit…

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Naomi Ji

Feb 12, 2019

Naomi AKA 王吉红 was 9 months old when she came home from Shanghai to a bucolic coastal village in the south of England. Now, 20, she is studying…

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Lily Morris

Feb 12, 2019

I was adopted from Guilin, China when I was 11 months old by my mom, who decided she wanted a baby even though she wasn’t married. My aunt, Jean,…

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Parrie Liu Miao

Feb 12, 2019

Hello! My name is Parrie Liu and I am a college student in north Texas. Currently, I am studying biology and I want to be a pediatric radiologist.…

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Colleen McKisson

Feb 12, 2019

Hi, my name is Colleen.  I’m 11 years old. My older sister, Campbell, is 14 years old, she was also adopted from China. I was taken to the…

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Li Shaofang

Feb 12, 2019

Li Shaofang was 3 months old when her mother arranged her informal adoption by a childless couple in a neighboring village. Her mother was ill and…

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Li Hua

Feb 12, 2019

Should adoptees go to visit their orphanages in China? That is a question many adoptees think a lot about. Li-Hua was 11 months old when she came home…

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Lena

Feb 12, 2019

I am 10 years old and I am in 3rd grade. I am happy to be adopted. I have two moms, two dads, two sisters and one brother! Four of them live in China…

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Charlotte Cotter and Willa Mei Kurland

Feb 12, 2019

Friends Charlotte and Willa Mei embarked on first family searches, together, in the summer of 2016. They blogged as their searches unfolded. As you…

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Sarah Heath and Celena Kopinski

Feb 12, 2019

Sarah Heath, 27, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Celena Kopinski, 27, grew up in New York City. They never knew of each other until a chance…

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Zoi Yi Xing Kunkle

Feb 12, 2019

Three days later, after she had been taken to the Chenzhou Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, the umbilical cord dropped off and her birthdate was…