Once Upon A Prayer

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mackenzie's Finding Ad

Since 1999, the orphanages in China are required to run a provincial newspaper advertisement for children that are found and brought to their orphanage. These are commonly called "Finding Ads." These ads contain information about where and when the children were found and which orphanage is caring for them. Originally these were text-only ads, but most provinces now include photographs in their ads. These photographs are usually the earliest available pictures of the children, some from as young as a few weeks old. 

Tonight I couldn't sleep, and through using a Chinese search engine (www.baidu.com) I was able to locate Mackenzie's Finding Ad!  What an absolute treasure for us have a picture of our sweet daughter when she was an infant.

姓名:郑年淑 性别:女出生年月:2009.3.10入院日期:2009.4.17被捡拾时间地点:2009.3.11新华医院急诊室大楼内的长椅上被捡拾时随身携带物:遗弃条一张注出生日期 入院时身体特征:先天性心脏病

Name: Cheng Shu-years Sex: Female Date of birth: 2009.3.10 admission date: 2009.4.17 be picking up the time and place: 2009.3.11 Xinhua Hospital emergency room on a bench inside the building when the portable object is to pick up: abandonment of a Note date of birth, physical characteristics on admission: congenital heart disease (PDA, PFO)


  1. What a treasure!!! Would you mind telling me what exactly you typed in to find it?? I would love to find the ad of our little girl!!


    1. I went to www.baidu.com which is a Chinese search engine. I cut and pasted Mackenzie's Chinese characters from her medical report and pasted it into the search block. I hit the button off to the side, just like I would with Google, and the only link that popped up was Mackenzie's finding ad. If you find it, you can copy the website link of the paper (where the ad is found) and put it into Google Translator. You will then be able to view the page in English. I have heard from others that they located their child's finding ad at www.soso.com so try that one too! I am still going through the thousands of website links for Lily. Apparently, her name is really common. Please let me know if you find your daughter's ad :-)

  2. Wow- how amazing you could find that! I looked too, but nothing came up exactly with my daughter's name. I have already asked our China coordinator for this though and hoping that she is able to find it! How special for Mackenzie when she is older!


    1. Hi Tara!

      I have been following your journey to Jorja and Bailey, and am excited that you are soooo close to having those precious girls in your arms forever! They are both adorable, and Jorja won me over a long time ago with those cute cheeks. What a double blessing indeed :-)


  3. So cool that you found one of your daughter's finding ads andthanks for sharing it so we can see what they look like. I am going to keep searching! :)

  4. This is so amazing! Wow! I am now going to search for my little girls finding ad. Thank you for sharing this.