Zihao. His name right now is Zhong Hua. Pronounced Jong-wah.
Last night our guide told us she has met him a few times. She said he is gorgeous, vibrant and brilliant. Then she told us that his foster parents wanted to adopt him so bad...but couldn't afford it. How heart breaking is that?
You know Chinese families CAN adopt Chinese orphans only when their youngest child is 18 years old! And they pay all the same fees we pay...it's the exact same process. This couple has adult children. Yes children. Did you know the one-child-policy did not come into effect until 1980? So our guide in Nanjing was one of 3 children as well. For the past 32 years...it's been banned. That's an awful long time.
Our guide told us that his foster family adores him and said he is "just so so smart. He's brilliant".
We smiled and yet it broke our hearts.
Please pray for his foster family and for Zihao as he says goodbye to the only family he's ever known and loved.
Our guide said "this little boy is so so so loved. You can see it in his eyes."
We do plan on going to meet them. While it will be very hard for both of them...we think it will bring closure to his foster parents as well as to Zihao.