*Photos from non-orphanage based projects. The identity of the children in State Care in China is protected by law, so we can’t/won’t share on our webpage.
Buying our products doesn’t only help your family build an ongoing connection with China, but your family is simultaneously helping to provide support for children here in the Homeland who haven’t been adopted! Here’s how…
China’s visa requirements
According to Chinese labour law, foreign nationals aren’t allowed to do any work [paid or unpaid] unless they hold a valid work permit and residence permit. We established Homeland Ties so that – as well as providing services to other adopters of Chinese children – we could support registered projects here in the Children’s Welfare Institutions.
Without the support of amazing families like yours, some of these projects wouldn’t have happened at all and others will have been on a smaller scale.
We LOVE that Homeland Ties:
- Helps kids adopted from China stay connected with their cultural heritage,
- Helps kids in China who haven’t been adopted get some of the experiences and connections they otherwise would miss out on from not being in families.
So, from all of us on this small patch of the Homeland, we want to say a huge THANK YOU for the many lives you’re changing by being part of Homeland Ties!
Some of our collaborative projects…
Menstrual Hygiene Management
Ever thought about what happens when girls [without families] get periods in places where there’s strong cultural taboos around menstruation? We have. A lot. You get misinformation, missed school days, medical complications and shame.
Since 2018, we’ve been working to register a new project to educate girls in the orphanage about their amazing changing bodies.
Early 2021, Homeland Ties provided consultancy services to a Foundation; we prepare all of the training material and were the key note speakers in an activity-packed, culturally-sensitive, small-group-based weekend for girls in their tweens and teens. We’re in conversation with other foundations about how these resources can benefit the young women in their care.
There is almost nothing about this entire project that we haven’t loved.
Young Adult Care Leavers
Although not in a Homeland Ties official capacity, the work visa has allowed staff to serve as volunteers supporting orphanage care leavers several times a week.
This relationship-based role has included; meals together, skill and team building activities, festival events and practical help i.e. helping our young people access medical services.
Alongside other foreign experts, Homeland Ties staff have been honoured to train orphanage staff from every department in Child Protection and International Adoption Policy – Impact on Caregivers in China.
We’ve also been able to provide child protection policies and advice services free of charge.