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Old orphanage facility of Sanshui, Guangdong. (Courtesy of John Hancock)
Current Sanshui orphanage
Staff members
sample finding ad
Sample finding ad

Sanshui City Social Welfare Institute

If you have photos or information about this orphanage, please e-mail them to us. View the DianBai orphanage page to see an example of the type of information we're looking for. We will put the information you provide on this page to assist other families. We are particularly interested in orphanage photos (current and previous), director photo with name and tenure information, and any miscellaneous information. We appreciate your help in making this project worthwhile to adoption families.

orphanage Description:
The Sanshui orphanage is located on a large complex south of downtown. It was finished in January 2003. The Welfare complex contains the orphanage buildings, and many living quarters for the elderly. The orphanage includes a single large baby room that houses the orphanage's babies.

Prior to April 2000 all of the children were surnamed "Fu," derived from the Chinese word for orphanage ("Fuliyuan") but also happiness. When Ms. He became director, the names were changed to "He." That is still the name used, even though Director He is no longer there (see below).

International adoptions began in 1990, when the first children were adopted to Canada. The most children the orphanage has had at one time was in 1996, when a little over 70 kids were in the orphanage. As of late 2005, there were about 30 children. Domestic adoptions account for less than 10% of all adoptions here, a low number when compared to other orphanages. Few children have been sent to foster families.

Misc. Information:
Sanshui lies around 40 kilometers west of Guangzhou. Sanshui is one of four county-cities in the Foshan City area -- Sanshui, Nanhai, Shunde and Gaoming. This entire area is famous for its agricultural fertility, being called in Chinese "the land of fish and rice." It is also very commercially successful, with Sanshui being home to myriad factories and textile plants.

The orphanage has had three directors. Ms. Lin served as director from 1987 when the program started to April 2000. She was replaced by Ms. He, who was the director until April 2004, when she asked to be transferred out of the orphanage. The current director is Ms. Li.

Adoption Stats:
2000 -- 61
2001 -- 60
2002 -- 98
2003 -- 60
2004 -- 10
2005 -- 11
2006 -- 2
2007 -- 0

Available from Research-China:
Finding Ads - Finding ads are published by the orphanage as the first step for international adoption. The photos used in the ads pre-date a child's referral photo by several months. Additionally, information contained in the ads is very valuable to adoptive families, especially those who have not traveled yet.

Orphanage Data Book - We offer adoptive families the opportunity to obtain all finding ad data for their child's orphanage as early as 1999 (date varies by orphanage), compiled and organized into a beautiful, 6"x9" hardbound book.

Photographs of City - Over the years, Research-China has visited many orphanages throughout China. We have built a large catalog of photos from these journeys that are available to families for purchase. They include, for example, pictures of the orphanages and staff, foster parents, finding locations, sites around the villages, towns and cities.

DVD of City - Research-China.Org's orphanage DVDs provide a great look into the city of your child's birth. Orphanage tours (often including babyrooms), finding locations, and cultural and historical sites provide a wonderful introduction to your child's birth city.

If you would like to send a letter or package to the orphanage, click here for a downloadable address label from

Related Links:
Yahoo Family Newsgroup - All adoptive families should join their child's orphanage newsgroup. This allows families to exchange information, locate crib-mates, and otherwise remain informed of events and information about their child's orphanage. Click here for more information about the importance of these Yahoo groups.