U.S. Adoptees visit Chinese roots

By Press Reports


Kristin Clark, daughter of Kathy Clark, granddaughter of Jean Clark and niece of Kenny Clark, recently traveled to China along with 34 other Chinese children, who had previously been adopted by United States parents. These young traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, and Zhengzhou to volunteer in welfare centers during a 10-day trip. The welfare centers were similar to those that these young people had lived in as children before adoption.

The youth, aged 15 to 20, learned to take care of abandoned 1-year olds, and they played tag and made tie-dyed t-shirts with older children.

“The purpose of the trip to China is to teach about appreciation,” said Zhong Hui, president of Chinese Children Adoption International, who also took part in the tour. “By visiting the welfare centers they can see how lucky they are to have their own homes,” Hui said.

Kristin has two brothers, Daniel, 21, and Seth, 11, who also were adopted from China. While on the tour, the group visited many famous places and landmarks such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.

Kristin told her mother when she returned home that she was very glad that she had been adopted. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for these young people.