Li Lu Tara Photos
started the process of adopting Li Lu in September 1997 by applying to the
Adoption Committee (Clann) of the Western Health Board.
took part in various group activities with other prospective adoptive parents
during the Spring of 1998 and started the paper chase – references, letter
from guardians, garda clearance from all the countries where I had lived,
financial statements, etc.
the Autumn of 1998 I had ten 2-hour interviews with a social worker, covering
all aspects of my life.
February 1999 my application was approved by Clann and in March it was approved
by the Adoption Board in Dublin. My
file was sent to China in early April 1999 and the wait started.
I amused myself by organising a week-long conference for 600 delegates
from 40 countries in July.
autumn I started getting my house ready for my new arrival and secretly visiting
shops to look at buggies, baby clothes etc.
got a phonecall from the Adoption Board in late November, giving me personal
details of Li Lu along with two photographs; one of her sitting on a rocking
horse and one of just her face. She
looked healthy and strong.
travelled to China with a friend, Bridin Twist, at the end of December 1998 and
met Li Lu on January 4th 2000. She
looked beautiful. What a Millennium
the start she was very quiet and “good” – eating everything and sleeping
all night, and she had an incredible interest in everything going on around her.
Her strong personality became obvious within a few days!
returned home at the end of January.
Here are some photos of Li Lu
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