China Ties--our Flagship Program
July 10 – 24, 2024 - FULL

China Ties Lite
July 10 – 20, 2024 - FULL

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Help Us Create Our Next Gen China Program:

As international adoptees grow into adulthood, they develop unique needs. These needs include experiencing their birth country in a deeper way, building connections with people who share similar cultural heritage on a daily basis, sharing aspects of their birth country with those around them, and in some cases, finding ways to reconnect with their own identity.

Who is Next Gen for?

  • Adult adoptees (21 or older at the time of travel), traveling solo or accompanied by those who are part of their lives.
  • Spouses, friends, significant others, and/or children of adoptees, parent(s), grandparents, siblings, extended family—all would be welcome.
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Who is China Ties for?

  • Chinese adoptees of all ages, accompanied by those who are part of their lives
  • Parents, grandparents, siblings, extended family
  • Spouses, children of adoptees, friends, significant others

How Old Are the Adoptees?

  • In 2024, the youngest adoptee will likely be about 10 years old
  • The oldest adoptee is likely to be in his or her early to mid-30s
  • There may be a handful of older adoptees
  • There may be siblings of adoptees who are younger or older
  • There may be children of adoptees who are younger

Trip Highlights

  • Arrive in Beijing, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. China Ties families stay in moderate to first class, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights, and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding park.
  • Participate in a summer program and learn about Tai Chi and racing Dragon Boats.
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, board a bicycle rickshaw for a ride through the old Hutongs and visit a local home, eat scrumptious Chinese cuisine, and yes, shop.
  • Climb the Great Wall of China and take pictures at Beijing’s National Stadium, home of the 2008 Olympics.
  • Visit CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption) where referral documents and post-placement reports are maintained (Pending policy changes).
  • Learn about culture and lifestyle from specially chosen guides who will be open to sharing.
  • Consider visiting Beijing’s zoo and aquarium, or travel to Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors!
  • Free time, Connect & Chat for adoptees, and Talk Time for parents throughout the trip.

For most families, Beijing will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey” as they travel to their child’s province of birth.

While on adoption visits, families will:

  • Travel by airplane, train or car to destination, and meet by your driver and English speaking guide.
  • Visit your child’s orphanage, meet caregivers and foster families, return to finding sites and re-connect with other people and places important to your family (Pending policy changes).
  • See sites in province, according to your interests. We do know orphanages in the following provinces are now taking visitors: Guangxi, Hunan, Jianxi, and Shanghai (Pending policy changes).
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as Adoptive Family Travel oversees the travel details including transportation, translators, and hotel arrangements.

China Ties Lite families will depart from province for the United States or their home countries. China Ties families will reunite in Guilin following their provincial visit.

In Guilin:

  • Explore Reed Flute Cave and visit Elephant Hill.
  • Cruise on the spectacular Li River.
  • Experience the charm of the small fishing village of Yangshuo.
  • Cook some locally popular dishes at a culinary school set in the countryside.
  • We end with a festive farewell lunch, providing closure to this life changing experience.

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"A tremendous family experience and adventure, and the journey that filled the gap in our son's sense of self."

John Giudecessi

“For the first time in my life, I felt complete and at peace with who I am.”

Landy Hancock, 18

“Traveling with other kids was AWESOME!”

Anna Armour, 10

"I think the healthiest outcome of the trip for my daughter is that going with a group 'normalized' her situation and her adoption.”

Bonnie MacAdam