I discovered this DVD, Found in China, while searching on Amazon to see if there was anything new out there. Joe and I just watched it this past Saturday and we both highly recommend it for anyone adopting from China.
It's a documentary that follows several families, including eight Chinese adoptees ages 9-13, back to China on a heritage tour. The group travels to quite a few provinces and visits the orphanages where the girls are from. One of the girls actually gets to met the man who found her in a box outside his office about 11 years ago. Another girl gets to met her foster parents and another meets her primary care giver from the orphanage. It's very interesting and touching to see everyone's reactions, including the parents, the girls, the staff in China and the Chinese locals. The show includes interviews with the girls and their parents after the trip and it's interesting to hear what the girls have to say about their experiences.
Long before we saw this documentary, we knew that we would take Lauren back to China at some point. Watching this confirmed just how important this trip will be and at what age is a good target. Every child is different, but it seems that 11-12 years old would be a great time frame to shoot for.
If there are any local families who would like to borrow the DVD, just let me know.