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Letter Samples: To Orphanages and Foster Families in China

These samples are based on topics that adoptive parents typically ask us to translate. 

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1. Letter to an Orphanage, Before Adoption
2. Letter to Foster Parents, Before Adoption
3. First Letter to an Orphanage, After Adoption
4. First Letter to a Foster Family, After Adoption
5. Reply to a Foster Family’s Letter, After Adoption
6. Letter to Orphanage for Document Retrieval

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1. Letter to an Orphanage, Before Adoption

Dear Director and Nannies, We are eagerly looking forward to adopting Ning Fang. We feel honored that we will be parents of this wonderful little girl soon. Thank you for all the love and care you have given her.  We are enclosing a disposable camera in this package, hoping you might be able to take some photographs of Ning Fang at the orphanage, with her foster family, and anything that you feel may be important to us or her in the future. We will keep these pictures to share with her when she is older. They will mean so much to us. She will definitely cherish them in the future. We will get the pictures developed while we are there and send you copies, if you would like. Please accept the enclosed candy and chocolate for the orphanage caretakers and children. We deeply appreciate the time and effort you and your staff devote to helping orphans have a good place to live and grow. We have enclosed the following items:  --list items here-- Thank you for all you have done for Ning Fang. We will forever be grateful. We look forward to traveling to China to bring Ning Fang home as soon as possible. Enclosed is a list of questions. Answers to these questions will help us to make the transition easier for her. Thank you for taking time to answer these questions. -- Include a list of questions here. Feel free to select from the questions listed in the right column, or add your own.-- Sincerely, -- Your name(s) --

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2. Letter to Foster Parents, Before Adoption

Dear Ning Fang’s foster family, We are eagerly looking forward to adopting Ning Fang. Thank you for all the love and care you have given her. We are deeply grateful for the way you have helped her to grow during her time with you. We hope you and Ning Fang enjoy these photographs of our family. Please share these photos with her whenever possible.  We have enclosed a camera. Could you please take some pictures of Ning Fang and your family, and anything that you think might be important to her or us? We will develop the pictures when we are there and send you copies, if you would like. We are very excited about meeting Ning Fang and your family.  Enclosed is a list of questions. Answers to these questions will help us to make the transition easier for her. Thank you for taking time to answer these questions. -- Include a list of questions here. Feel free to select from the questions listed in the right column, or add your own.-- Sincerely, -- Your name(s) --

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3. First Letter to an Orphanage, After Adoption

Dear Directors and Nannies, We want to tell you what a wonderful job you did in caring for Ning Fang. We adopted her in September, 2002. We thought you would like to hear how Ning Fang is doing. She is now 2 years old. She has a very sunny personality, is very bright, and is a real angel. She has brought so much joy to our family, and is loved by all of us. Her growth has been amazing. Every day she grows smarter and prettier. She loves people and likes to investigate new things. She has already figured out how to put on her shoes. Ning Fang spends a few days each week in a very good daycare facility. The daycare keeps her busy with a lot of activities. She takes a dance class, is learning the alphabet and is starting to play on a computer. We are teaching her both English and Chinese. She likes to say ‘eat’ and she often repeats ‘hua,’ which is Chinese for ‘flower.’ We sent some toys and clothes that we hope your children can use. Could you use some music CDs or tapes? What else would be good to send? Please tell us how you are doing. We would like to stay in contact with you.  Please thank all of the orphanage staff who cared for her and thank you for sending their pictures. Our daughter can recognize the person who cared for her, and tries to talk to the pictures. Enclosed are some pictures of us. We thank you for your dedicated and skilled support of the children.  Enclosed is a list of questions. Thank you for taking time to answer these questions. -- Include a list of questions here. Feel free to select from the questions listed in the right column, or add your own.-- Best wishes, -- Your name(s) --

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4. First Letter to a Foster Family, After Adoption

Dear Ning Fang’s foster family, We are writing to you about Ning Fang, adopted on –-date -- . You raised her for nine months before we adopted her. We want to thank you for taking such wonderful care of her. She has a happy and joyful personality. Your love and attention is evident in the way she behaves. She is now two years old and doing very well. We have named her Lynn Ning Fang. She learns quickly, speaks many words, loves to draw, dance, and sing. She loves her brother who is three years old. They like to do many things together. Enclosed are pictures of Ning Fang with her brother.  Please let’s stay in touch. We would love to know more about Ning Fang during her time with you. Any information that you think is important for us to know would be appreciated.  Thanks again for taking such good care of our daughter! She is a wonderful girl and we love her very much! Enclosed is a list of questions. Thank you for taking time to answer these questions. -- Include a list of questions here. Feel free to select from the questions listed in the right column, or add your own.-- Sincerely, -- Your name(s) --

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5. Reply to a Foster Family’s Letter, After Adoption

Dear Ning Fang’s foster family, Greetings! We are very happy to receive your letter. Thank you very much for taking the time to write and tell us about your life with Ning Fang. We love the name you called her, ‘Little Fang.’ We call her ‘Little Flower.’  Your description of how you cared for Ning Fang has given us much insight about her. She’s a very smart, lovely little girl. Her friendly attitude captures the heart of everyone she meets. We love her very much and we feel blessed to have her as our daughter. Ning Fang goes to daycare several days a week. She loves to play with the other children and enjoys learning new things. She is learning numbers, letters, and songs. She has become quite a talker. Her vocabulary is expanding and she can put sentences together.  Her physical development is excellent. Ning Fang loves to jump and dance, and she has recently learned to ride her tricycle. She tries very hard to imitate family members, which is always great fun.  Ning Fang has really bonded with us. We always make each other laugh and she sometimes surprises us with a joke or a prank.  We deeply appreciate the care and love that you and your family provided for Ning Fang. Thanks to you, she is a very confident and loving child.  We are very happy that we can contact you and keep you informed about her development. Enclosed are some pictures of Ning Fang and our family. We hope you enjoy them.  Best regards, --your name(s) --

 


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Dear Director,
We are the adoptive parents of Ning Fang, born March 1, 2006 and found March 7, 2006. She was fostered by Qin Tian through Ai Guo County Social Welfare Institute in Jiangxi Province. We adopted her in July 2007. We are writing to you in the hope that you would be willing to send us copies of the police report and Finder's statement, copies of any other documentation or information you might have about our daughter so that we can share with her as much of her history as possible. She lost so much, having to leave her birth country and people, and we feel it is very important to provide her with whatever information that we can. We have enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope with our return address that you may use to mail us any documentation related to Ning Fang. We are very grateful for your assistance in this matter and your care of our daughter during her time in China.
Sincerely,
Jim and Linda Smith
Our address is as follows:
Jim and Linda Smith
100 Westland
XYZ City, TX 71200
United States

Note: the child name, the adoptive parents’ names, the adoptive parents’ address, the foster mother’s name and the orphanage’s name are all fictional.

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Letter Packages

Send letters and photos ! These packages simplify the task of corresponding with orphanages and foster families in China. You are notified when the letter arrives, and delivery is guaranteed.

List of Questions

Typical questions for Orphanages and Foster Parents.

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Does her name have any special meaning?
What name(s) do you call her?
Who chose her name and why?
Has she had any health problems or allergies?
What medical treatments has she received?
What kind of food is she eating now?
How much food does she eat?
What is her favorite food?
What is her least favorite food?
What kind of vegetables and fruits does she like?
Does she use a bottle or a cup?
What are her sleeping habits?
How would you describe her personality?
Does she like animals?
Does she have any likes/dislikes/sensitivities?
What makes her happy?
What makes her angry or upset?
Is she frightened of anything? 
What do you do that soothes her?
What are her favorite activities?
Does she have a special friend or a crib mate in the orphanage?
Is she close to a particular nanny? What is this nanny’s name?
Please tell us about how and where she was found.
Who found her?
What date did she come to live with you?
What does she call you?
Was a note or any other memento found with her?
Do you have her finding ad? Can we have a copy of her finding ad?
What else would you like to tell us about her?
Does the orphanage need anything in particular?

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