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It’s an experience like no other….

CHI arranged Lisa and Juliette Ercolano’s visit to China this summer. They spent time  playing with the kids, getting to know the staff and just connecting to the plight of special needs orphans in China waiting for Adoption and forever homes,  They both plan to return.

Below is a little interview with Lisa upon their return from this year’s visit:

What inspired you to return to China this year?

I had only been an adoptive mother for about three hours when I first began to think and talk about bringing my new daughter back to China to explore her country and her roots. “We have to make sure to visit China several times during her childhood, maybe when she is 8 and again at 12 or 13,” I told my husband. We had every good intention of making that plan come true, except something interfered: life! The main reason we didn’t return sooner was because Juliet is a serious, pre-professional level ballet dancer, and had to spend her summers in class and training. Suddenly, it was her senior year of high school and we hadn’t gone. So my husband and I made a decision: it WOULD happen this year, right after Juliet’s graduation. So we did. We knew it was important to Juliet and so, it was important to us.

How did you feel about visiting Alenah’s Home?

Juliet and I did a lot of exciting, fun and rewarding things on our two week trip, but the morning we spent at Alenah’s was the absolute highlight. One hour into the visit, Juliet turned to me and said “I wish we could stay here for the whole two weeks.” She immediately felt a kinship with the babies and children at the home, and she reached out to them wholeheartedly. She fell  in love with one of the babies (Ke Yu) particularly, and continues to talk about her, look at her photo, and so on. I felt much the same way. Even now, we are discussing how to make sure we can return next summer and spend several weeks to a month working at the home.

Do you feel your visit made a difference to the kids at Alenah’s?

I sure hope so!I have to believe that the babies and children could feel and see that we were truly concerned about them, and want the best for them.I also have to believe that having people like us come in and play with the kids, feed them and care for them communicates an important lesson to these children: that there are people out there who love them, and that they are important.

What did you learn?  Are you changed in any way?

We both learned that we want to contribute in some meaningful way, through volunteer hours and perhaps donations of some kind, to Alenah’s. We also learned (did not know) that most of the children and babies available for adoption from China today are special needs kids.

How will your life be different now that you have visited China his year?

Juliet’s life is different now because this was the first visit she has made to her home country since she was adopted at six months of age. She no longer has to  imagine what China looks like, smells like and feels like, or what it’s people are like. She knows first hand, at least on a superficial level. And she wants more: she wants to come back and work at Alenah’s, and she wants to study abroad in China as part of her college courses. She is now truly motivated to learn Chinese and has enrolled in a class. As for me, I dreamed all my life of visiting China and finally got to do so when we adopted Juliet. This visit back was amazing for me: I loved every moment of it (OK, except the squat toilets!) and I, too, look forward to going back.

What would you anyone thinking about visiting?

GO! It’s an experience like no other.


to explore the possibilities for your RETURN TO CHINA and/or VISIT TO ALENAH’S HOME.

From a recent family we helped with their travel in China:

Thank you very much for the great work that CHI China did for our family. The trip was spectacular.  The guides were terrific and the accommodations were fantastic.  Overall, we went expecting a nice trip but what we got was a trip of a lifetime.   You are to be commended.  Feel free to use my name for any reference in the future.


We knew the trip to the Daye City orphanage would be the focus of the trip and Christin did not let us down. She was amazing and the staff at the Social Welfare House of Daye were amazing as well.  Perhaps the best part was the connection Marilou made with Julia.  She is an amazing, kind woman who poured her heart out to our family.  We will never forget her.  I could go on and on about the amazing things we saw and experienced but I think you understand just how powerful this trip was.

Thank you for all your hard work on this trip.

Carr Family

Many of our CHI families and grown-up adopted sons and daughters spend time “giving back” by volunteering and working at Alenah’s Home.

Photos on this page are used by permission.  The children pictured are not available for adoption.

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