Lessons in Chinese

From Connecticut News: “A Couple From West Hartford Reached Out To China To Give A Child A Home. They Had No Idea What They’d Started.”

“On a beautiful spring morning in Hangzhou, China, a small group of Americans laden with baby bags and diapers maneuvered through a flood of bicycles to get to the registrar’s office. In a few hours, they would walk out of that cramped little building as parents. Ria Van Hoof and her husband, Dana Gordon, were a part of that group.

Despite being on a plane for more than 15 hours the day before, they had been up in their hotel since 5 a.m., unable to sleep. The couple filled out their paperwork and sat down in two tall chairs set around a massive oval table in an otherwise tiny, Spartan room. A strict-looking registrar sat at the head, the group scattered around him, waiting.”


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