After the hutong tour and lunch on Monday or Wednesday or well to be truthful I have no idea what day it was, we got the rare privilege of visiting the CCCWA (China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption). This is where all of the magic takes place putting together families and children. Wow.
We got to go in the dossier-checking room, where Ro and Ree and some little friends studiously looked over really official paperwork (and the other parents and I hovered around saying “don’t touch, oh please don’t touch, don’t move anything!” I got chills thinking that friends’ dossiers were probably sitting right in that very room.
Then we got to go in the Matching Room and talk to the folks in there who were so hospitable. They were all so happy to see the kids and talk with the families, and they got really excited to see “Shuang” (twins). There were files of adorable babies waiting for matches.
After a pee accident involving a squatty potty and some mis-aiming by a child, we moved into the main conference room and all the kids got to see a slideshow about China and learn about Chinese brush painting and Chinese paper cutting. Neat.
Then we drove back to the hotel and saw some neat scenery out the bus window.
Recognize this one from the Olympics?:
The Heritage Tour Christmas party was later that night and we were all sleepwalking by that time. So we made a brief appearance and then left Bobby and Jane to represent the family and make a major dent in that seafood buffet.