Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Our Chinese Daughters Foundation: What They Do

Quite a lot. Read this:

Local organization strives to bring Chinese culture to adoptive families
Over ten years ago, in 1995, Our Chinese Daughters Foundation was created. Jane Lietke, who previously taught at ISU, had a vision for what the world could be. On a trip through ISU to China, Lietke, an adoptive parent herself, realized that unless she did something, her daughter's original heritage would be lost.

"We have traditional Chinese products that we give to parents that have adopted children from China," Gloria Berry, administrative assistant for OCDF, said. "This allows the adopted children to have some tie with their heritage."


While they do not directly complete the adoption process, OCDF facilitates much of it. In addition, throughout the child's life, OCDF tries to provide opportunities to keep the Chinese culture alive within them...

As already discussed, OCDF continually reaches the children that are adopted to maintain a sense of Chinese heritage in the United States. However, OCDF also provides opportunities for the child and the child's family to visit China...

Clearly devoted to the children in China, OCDF does so much more than work with adopted children. They have set up several fundraisers and donation drives specifically meant to help the non-adopted children in China.

"We have a campaign to benefit children whose parents died of AIDS," Berry said.

"It's something called 900 Backpacks. Every year there are roughly 900 children in the Hunan province whose parents died of AIDS and are getting ready to start school."

Our Chinese Daughters Foundation


Anonymous paula gottemoller said...

We adopted our daughter Jennifer form the Social welfare institute in Jaingmen, China in 1997. Jennifer was 4 years old when we got her. Another family who lives an hour north of us, adopted there daughter Rachel from same orphange, one month after we did, at the age of 10 months. We have been friends for the last 12 years ! We just got the girls DNA tested and the report came back that they are Biological sisters. After all these years as friends, we are just finding this out ! please email at Paulagottemoller@gmail.com for more info. We are still in shock. I believe Jane L daughter is from same orphanag.e

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to report that OCDF ceased operations in December of 2010.
The web address ocdf.org redirects to www.abrightmoon.com, an organization involved with college internships in China.

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