Jian'ou Social Welfare Institute


The Jian'ou orphanage was established in 1949 and is a small one by Chinese standards. It usually has anywhere between 20 and 30 children at one time. Many of the children have special needs. The social welfare institute building consists of five floors. Elderly residents live on the lower three floors and the orphanage rooms are on the fourth and fifth floors.

When one adopts from Jian'ou SWI, the children are brought to Fuzhou either by train or car. Jian'ou is about 150 miles from Fuzhou and traveling there is often considered to be a difficult trip for adopting families.
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About Jian'ou

Jian'ou, also known as Zhicheng, is located in the northern part of Fujian province to the southeast of Wuyishan Mountain. In 196 AD during the Han Dynasty, the county was set up and became an ancient historical city. It is a political, economic, cultural, and transportation center, covering 1,634 square miles with a population of about 560,000. Some of the important local products are tea, bamboo, timber, mushroom, and lotus seeds, and dried duck is a local delicacy. The city was visited by Marco Polo in 1291. Jian'ou is home to significant Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian temples and several scenic areas. The area of Guizong Hill, north Jian'ou city, is known as the Lesser Wuyi Mountain and contains several scenic sites, caves, and a Buddhist monastery.

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Some children adopted from Jian'ou

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Zhu Jian Yan
b. 11/98, a. 7/99

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Ou Ze Ling
b. 6/00, a. 5/01

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Ou Xiao Lu
b. 4/02, a. 5/03