adopting a child from another country

@Trace86 (5033)
United States
November 20, 2007 9:19pm CST
My cousin and her husband are adopting a little girl from China in January. She is 4 years old and speaks no English as of yet. She is so excited! I think it is going to be very hard work. Any advice I can pass on to her? She is already working on labeling things in Chinese and English. Also, what do you think about them changing her Chinese name to something more American?
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
23 Nov 07
I haven't really got any advise BUT i would suggest, perhaps they should leave her first name as it is (some names really aren't that hard to pronounce anyway) but maybe give her a 'middle' name that is american if that's what they want to do. That way she'll still have the name she already knows but will have something new from her new family as her middle name! I think they're doing a wonderful thing for this little girl & as many others have said, i too would adopt a child from another country if i had the funds to do so. It's always such a special thing to give an unwanted child a new start in life where they'll be loved, cared for & raised in a safe environment.
• United States
21 Nov 07
It is wonderful that they are doing something great for the little girl. If I was blessed with money I would love to help out those cute little precious babies in China. Now, she has a chance for a better life with your cousin. And about her not knowing English, don't worry kids pick up things real fast. Bring a toy back with her that is from her country that way she wont get home sick as much. Changing her name to an American one is good, easier for people to say. I personally have two names a Chinese one and an American one. My children too, have two names. Hope that helps, good luck.
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@nica269 (1399)
• United States
21 Nov 07
We have some friends that also adopted a little girl from China. She was 15 months when they brought her home this past January, so I know how excited they are. They really don't have the language barrier like your cousin does, but the best thing to do is to love them and try to teach them the language. If she can read already, I think that your cousins idea of labeling things is a great one. Just give it time and things will definetly fall into place. They did a great thing and their lives will be blessed. Oh, our friends did change her first name and kept her sir name...or something like that.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
It is very nice of your counsin to give an orphan chinese girl a home and a life to start in your country... I always admire people who this sort of action... if i have the ways and means... i would surely adopt an orphan or abandoned child and give him or her a loving home he or she deserves... I think giving her an american name is also good since some people find it difficult to pronounce chinese names...your cousin also needs to learn how to cook some chinese food...
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
21 Nov 07
I think it is a lovely idea giving any child a home and family, I think it will be hard work but it will be rewarding in the nicest of ways, I am not sure about changing her name though I think maybe she should be left with something of her origin, even if she is given a nickname, people seem to be looking for unusual names these days..I hope things go well for all concerned