Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chung Yi and Cathwel Placement!

Another exciting day in Taiwan! We started our day meeting with Ms. Debbie Kao and Yuka, two representatives at Chung Yi. I was able to tour the baby home that was finished last summer and to say hi to a few of the children eating lunch! They were very interested in who I was and one little guy kept yelling auntie to me in Chinese.

In the afternoon we attended a meeting with newly united mother and daughter! Tori was so happy to see her mama and to be welcomed into the family by sister Tatum!

Today, I leave Taipei for Shanghai. I will have my memories, connection to the culture and history of Taiwan, continued and nurtured relationships but most importantly I leave with a stronger commitment to family and serving the children of Taiwan from this trip!

Yuka, Debbie Kao, Gongzhan Wu and Lindsay Hatcher

Mr. Yeh (representative) and Tori

Anne (social worker from Cathwel), Tatum, Mama Joyce, and Tori!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Cathwel and New Hope Visits!

Greetings from Taipei Taiwan! I arrived late Saturday evening and our official business started early Monday morning with a visit to Cathwel Service and in the afternoon a visit with New Hope Social Welfare Foundation.

While at Cathwel, we met with adoption related staff including director, Sister Rosa. Below is a photo of Gongzhan and I with some of the Cathwel staff who provide adoption and birth parent services. I also took a quick tour of the center witnessing the care provided to the infant and toddlers and was able to see a few of the therapy and developmental stations that the center has to offer. It was nap time so I was only able to snap a quick picture of the little guy below who is matched with a Gladney family (he wasn't too interested in napping)!

New Hope Social Welfare foundation is located in Taichung, Taiwan, a city of about 2.3 million people just 2 hours outside of Taipei. Gongzhan and I took a tour of the three floor office and met for several hours with foundation, adoption and birth parent related staff members.

It was an honor to meet the individuals I work with on a daily basis furthering our relationship and commitment to serving children and families. I look forward to updating you more about my visits with foundtion staff when I return to the office the week of June 14th.

On Tuesday we visit Chung Yi Social Welfare Foundation and in the afternoon witness placement of a family with their child!

I hope to post more photos before my departure to Shanghai on Wednesday AM.

Blessings from Taipei!

Gongzhan Wu and Lindsay Hatcher with Cathwel staff.

Therapy room at Cathwel.

New Hope sign in placement room.Gladney representative Ms. Niu, Gongzhan Wu, Lindsay Hatcher

and New Hope adoption worker Yi-Ching.
Placement room at New Hope.