journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step"
(Ancient Chinese proverb)
journey to collect our second son, Daji, started in September 2000, six months
after we had brought our adopted daughter, Yanmei, home from China. Two and a
later, we again stood in front of passport control at Copenhagen Airport, again proud,
but this time also concerned parents.
Collecting Daji in Hangzhou,
China, was a very different and far more challenging experience than collecting
Yanmei, two and a half years earlier. You may already have read Yanmei's story, if so, please keep it in mind
when reading the following pages.
description of our second incredible journey to China is split into four parts:
first section describes the approval
process; i.e. the process that we went
through to be approved as adopters of a second child, and the actual referral,
which was far more complete than in Yanmei's case.
second section describes our trip
to China, to collect Daji, and the ups and downs of our first few
When adopting from China,
it is necessary to write two
status reports that are sent to the Chinese authorities; one after six months and one after a year. In conjunction with
this, our Social Worker made two visits to meet Daji and write a report
following each visit. We will also made two reports on Daji during his first 3
months in Denmark. All these reports will be included in the third section, Daji's
together with other titbits of information that
we have noted during Daji's early years in Denmark.
The final section
describes what we know about the environment where Daji's first years were
spent, that is before he came to
Denmark. The Yiwu Social
Welfare Institute has a long history of adoptions (we estimate,
based on information on the Yiwu site on Yahoo, that
more than 200 families have adopted from Yiwu at the end of 2002) and
several families have already visited Yiwu and it's orphanage.