Sanming Social Welfare Institute

The Sanming Social Welfare Institute is located in the mountainous northwestern part of Fujian Province, about a 3.5 hour drive from Fuzhou. In 2004, the children were moved from the old orphanage building to the new one, shown below.
If you have additional information about this orphanage or the Sanming area, or photos that you are willing to share, please contact us. There is an email group of families who have adopted from Sanming and other orphanages in Fujian Province. To join this group, go to

See photos of the Sanming orphanage

The Sanming orphanage maintains a
website (in Chinese) that contains extensive information of potential interest to adoptive families.

Sanming Family Directory

If you have adopted a child from this orphanage and would like your family's information to be included in the directory, see further information.

About Sanming

The city of Sanming is situated between Wuyi and Daiyun mountains in northwestern Fujian. It covers an area nearly 9,000 square miles with a population of over 2.5 million. The area is referred to as a "green treasure house" and is known for its rare animals and plants. It is abundant in agricultural products, producing bamboo and wood products, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, lotus seeds, tangerines, and dried chili. It is also rich in mineral deposits, and industrial activities in the region are increasing. Sanming has many Ming Dynasty buildings, stone carvings, and other historical relics. There are also numerous scenic areas in the region, including mountain vistas, caves, and lakes.

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Helping orphaned children in Fujian Province

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Some children adopted from Sanming

If you would like to post a photo of your child below, send us a jpeg version of the photo and the name of your child's orphanage. There is a "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page.

Zheng Ping
b. 9/02, a. 8/05


Zheng Ping
age 4


Hou Juan
b. 6/04, a. 8/05


Hou Juan
age 3