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From Home to Homeland
What Adoptive Families Need to Know before Making a Return Trip to China
Edited by Debra Jacobs, Iris Chin Ponte, and Leslie Kim Wang
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Debra Jacobs is a child care provider, early childhood consultant, and parent coach. She co-founded the Tufts Big Sister/Big Brother program, which pairs members of the Tufts Chinese Student Association with children adopted from China, and initiated Hao Pengyou, a Chinese culture group/adoption support group for Chinese adoptees and their parents. Debra holds an Education Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her two daughters (adopted from Hunan and Jiangxi provinces).
Iris Ponte, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University and the president of Ponte and Chau Consulting ( A former Fulbright Scholar, Iris has expertise in cross- cultural issues in education and child development and has conducted research in the United States, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Newfoundland. She has received scholarship and fellowship recognitions from the Children's Defense Fund, the Watson IBM Fellowship, CBS, and the American Educational Research Association, and worked in an orphanage in China that was not part of the international adoption program. She has served for eight years as leader of a Chinese Culture Group for girls adopted from China. Iris lives in Massachusetts with her husband, John.
Leslie K. Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation is the first ethnographic project to examine child abandonment and collaborations between western NGOs and the Chinese state over the care of children residing in official children's welfare institutes. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Leslie has lived in mainland China for a total of two-and-a-half years and conducted twelve months of in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in nine Chinese state-run orphanages and a range of private Chinese and western foster homes. Along with Dr. Iris Ponte, she has conducted in-depth research on adoptive families' return trips to China. Her research seeks to provide deeper insight for adoptees and their families, and to give a voice to those children who may never be adopted.

Jane A. Brown, M.S.W., has been involved in adoption for over twenty-five years, first as a parent and later as a social worker/ educator/play therapist. The creator of Adoption Playshops, Jane has eight children and a foster daughter. Five of her children joined the family through adoption from Korea and China. Originally an educator who taught young children, Jane has applied her interest in how children learn generally to how they integrate the information they receive about adoption and race. She has written extensively for adoption publications in print and online. To read additional articles by Jane, go to;; and
Robin Carton and her family live in the Boston area, where she is the director of grantmaking and finances at a social justice foundation called RESIST.
Jenna Cook is seventeen years old and a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. She enjoys playing American folk music on her acoustic guitar and Chinese folk music on her guzheng.
Iris Culp is mom to two girls from China. She worked for seven years in management in the travel industry and has served as a management consultant in such diverse fields as education, finance, manufacturing, and computer technology. Earlier in her career, she worked as a writer and photographer. Iris joined the Lotus Travel team in 2005, following the adoption of her second child. She coordinates a variety of programs for Lotus Travel, including the charitable matching gift program and an educational grant program.
Anne Donohue is a journalism professor at Boston University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Renmin University in Beijing in the spring of 2008. She is the mother of two sons and a daughter, Katie, adopted from Yiyang, Hunan, in 1998.
Serena Fan currently teaches kindergarten at a bilingual school in Hong Kong and previously taught preschool in the Boston area. She holds a degree in child development and international relations from Tufts University. In 2006-2007, Serena led a Chinese culture group for ten children adopted from China. She continues to be a "Tufts big sister" to a girl who was adopted from China.
Xiaohui Fan, Ph.D., teaches at the School of International Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China. With an educational background in the English language, she specializes in American culture studies. Her current research interest is the experience of Chinese people in America. Professor Fan also has training in English for medical purposes and in applied linguistics.
Amy Klatzkin is a marriage and family therapist intern at UCSF Child Trauma Research Program, where she assesses and treats children and parents affected by trauma and loss. Amy has been active in the adoption community for fifteen years as a parent, writer, editor, and speaker. She serves on the board of FAIR (a volunteer organization that supports, educates, and advocates for all kinds of adoptive families), was a contributing editor to Adoptive Families Magazines, and has presented workshops for parent support groups and international adoption agencies in many parts of the U.S. and Canada. Amy edited A Passage to the Heart: Writings from Families with Children from China (1999); edited and wrote the introduction to Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China, by Kay Johnson (2004); and helped her daughter, Ying Ying Fry, write Kids Like Me in China (2001).
Jennifer Bao Yu "Precious Jade" Jue-Steuck is a Chinese adoptee from California. She was born in Taipei to a birthmother from Jiangsu Province, China, and is a co-founder of Chinese Adoptee Links International ( Jennifer is a freelance writer whose magazine column "Global Girls-Global Generations" highlights the voices of adopted teens around the world in Mei Magazine and Adoption Today. Jennifer is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Harvard University, where she was a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholar. Visit to learn more about her adoption story.
Mitchell Klein and his son Lee live in New York near their large extended family. They split their time between the city and the country. Mitchell is the founder of a management consulting firm specializing in operations and systems analysis for government agencies. Mitchell is president of their local Little League and Lee is an avid sports enthusiast and participant.
Rose A. Lewis is the author of two children's books, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes and Every Year on Your Birthday, and has two new books due to be published by Abrams Books in 2010 and 2011, Orange Peel's Pocket and Sweet Dreams. She is also the director of marketing and communications for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, Massachusetts. Lewis was a news producer for more than twenty years in Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts. She lives in Massachusetts with her daughter and their West Highland Terrier, Teddy.
Jane Liedtke, Ph.D., is the founder of Our Chinese Daughters Foundation (OCDF), and mother to Emily, adopted from Jiangmen Social Welfare Institute. OCDF is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing the highest quality Chinese culture programs, orphan support programs, and publications to adoptive families, support organizations, and educational institutions serving the wider community. Dr. Liedtke's thirty-year career as an educator and educational consultant includes extensive experience in China. She has published in the fields of industrial technology and graphic communications as well as within the China-adoption community and in Chinese culture publications. She maintains an OCDF office and home in Beijing.
Sandra E. Lundy lives with her family in Brookline, Massachusetts, and is an attorney with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Throughout the years, Sandy has published poems, essays, and other writings in small journals. Her contribution to this volume is her most directly autobiographical writing to this point, and she hopes it is of use to returning families.
Lorena GuiFeng Lyon is eleven years old, is in the sixth grade, and wants to be a writer. She lives in Buffalo, New York, with her mother, Arabella, her sister, Coco, and her dog, Bird.
J. Meimei Ma is an older adoptive parent. Her daughter is from Yiyang, Hunan. She worked in project management and research data management in the pharmaceutical industry until 2001, when she retired after receiving her daughter's referral. Meimei and her husband are American-born Chinese who have relatives all over China. Being retired has allowed her to be active in the adoptive community in North Carolina and in fundraising for her daughter's orphanage.
Sheena Macrae lives in the U.K. with her husband and two children adopted from China. She is a full-time mother and has published articles in adoption journals in Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. She is the co-editor of Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections. She also serves as an independent adoption panel member for Surrey Children's Service. Her family has taken annual trips to China since 1998.
Laurie C. Miller, M.D., is associate professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. She founded the International Adoption Clinic at New England Medical Center in 1988, the second such clinic in the U.S., and oversees an NIH-funded program in Russia to improve outcomes for orphanage residents. Dr. Miller serves on the board of directors of Romanian Children's Relief, the national Board of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, and the NIH Study Section for Brain Disorders in the Developing World. She has published over seventy peer-reviewed articles related to pediatrics and international adoption, as well as two books, Handbook of International Adoption Medicine and Encyclopedia of Adoption (with C. Adamec).
Susan Morgan lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and four children (two from China). She welcomes comments and questions, and can be reached at
Joyce Maguire Pavao, Ed.D., LCSW, LMFT, is the founder and CEO of Center For Family Connections in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pavao has done extensive training and consultation, both nationally and internationally, on issues in adoption and child welfare. Herself an adopted person, she is the author of The Family of Adoption and the recipient of awards and honors from St. John's University's Adoption Initiative, Voice for Adoption, and the Administration for Children and Families.
Phyllis Pincus is the proud mom of identical twins, Emma and Lucy, born in August of 2001 and adopted from Hunan province at fourteen months old. She and her husband, Gary, live with their daughters in North Carolina. Phyllis was an environmental manager, but has been a happy stay-at-home-mom since the twins arrived. Emma and Lucy love soccer, horses, piano, swimming, science, and art.
Ellen E. Pinderhughes, Ph.D. is associate professor of applied child development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, and a senior research fellow with the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. A developmental and clinical psychologist, she has worked as a therapist and a clinical consultant. Her research centers on the impact of family socialization processes on children who are at-risk for problem outcomes. Within the adoption arena, her work examines families who adopt or foster older children, and families who raise girls adopted from China.
Richard B. Pinderhughes, Psy.D. has been a practicing clinician in the field of adoption for more than seventeen years. Formerly with the Pre- and Post-adoption Consulting Team and the Center for Family Connections, he is currently a multicultural consultant and trainer for VISIONS, Inc., and an adjunct faculty member in the counseling department in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He also has a small private practice in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Marion Radin and her husband, Jonathan, adopted their identical twin daughters from Guilin in 2000. Marion is vice president of the Albany, New York chapter of Families with Children from Asia. The Radins lived in Beijing from January through July 2008.
Jane Samuel lives in Kentucky with her husband and three daughters. She is a stay-at-home mother, writer, and advocate for adoption and special needs issues.
Dawn Faulkner Schmokel is the mother of two daughters born in China: Anna, from Jiangsu, and Laura Dawn, from Hunan. She has a master's degree in home economics education, and taught for seventeen years prior to adopting her daughters. She and her girls live in Hudson, Wisconsin, and may be contacted at
Tony Xing Tan, Ed.D., was born and raised in Sichuan, China. He is a Harvard-trained developmental psychologist and director of the China Adoption Research Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Professor Tan has studied over 2,000 adopted Chinese children's development and is currently conducting a longitudinal study on 1,200 Chinese children's post-adoption development. He hopes to use his research to inform China's international adoption policy and improve orphanage care.
Stephanie W. lives with her husband and two daughters in San Francisco. Her second daughter was adopted from China in 2009.
Bonnie Ward is an information technology executive who lives in New England with her two daughters and elderly mom. She enjoys traveling with her family, writing about her adventures in parenthood, and a glass of Macallan's 18 on the rocks.
Andrea Williams is a film editor. She lives in Massachusetts with her daughter.
David Youtz is Chief Executive Officer of Mother's Choice, a non- profit in Hong Kong that provides adoption services, care for children without permanent homes, support for pregnant teens, and, in 2008, launched Hong Kong's first Adoption Festival. He served as president of Families with Children from China of Greater New York from 2000 to 2007, and has held professional positions with non-profit organizations in Hong Kong, New York, and China. David lives with his wife and four children in Hong Kong.
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