Abandoned and Sent to a Welfare Home
On July 19th, 1999, Mr. Li found an abandoned girl in the Second Hospital of Jilin University. After questioning around, no one knew anything about her. He decided to send her to a social welfare institute. The staff of the institute named her Changrong. For health purposes, Chang was sent to the hospital for examination. After the doctor's diagnosis, she suffered from not only congenital cleft lip and palate, but also her right foot had six toes, where her small toe was connected to the adjacent toe. As to treat her, the staff sent Chang to Harbin Hospital for surgery and language rehabilitation treatment. Luckily, the operation was successful, and she returned to the welfare home after recovering. Thereafter, the staff searched, but couldn't find her biological parents.
When Chang was in the welfare home in 1999
Adopted and a Happy Chinese American Life
In December 2002, the Hills family from the United States adopted Chang, and named her Isabeau, but also kept Chinese name. So Chang left Changchun to live in Minnesota with her new family. When Chang first arrived home, the Hills family held a special celebration to commemorate her becoming a new member of them. With the help of her adoptive parents, she quickly integrated into the new environment and got on well with her four brothers and sisters. Two years later, in order to make Chang feel more at home, the couple adopted another Chinese girl, who was three years younger than her.
The Hills welcome Chang.
Fortunately, Chang was not only favored by the Hills, but also enjoyed a happy Chinese American life. To help Chang better understand Chinese culture, Mr. Hill and his wife sent her to Chinese immersion school, which continued after her kindergarten period.
She would also celebrate Chinese traditional festivals such as the Spring Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival with her family and friends.
"My childhood memories were wonderful." Chang said.
Chang with her American family.
The Hills never hid Changs true life experience. Since she was sensible, they told all the relevant information that they knew. Realizing their daughter had the wish to find her Chinese family, they did their best to provide support and encouragement to her and helped her return to China twice.
In 2012, Chang visited a school to Hangzhou, which was her first time back to China. In 2013, accompanied by her adoptive mother Kerry, and siblings, Chang visited Hangzhou again.
And also she returned to Changchun to get more detailed information about her biological parents. Unfortunately, no effective clues were found.
Asking for help
In late September 2019, Chang completed her first semester of College in Minnesota. As her family moved to Germany, she chose to continue her studies in Germany.
"I'm very glad that I was discovered in time by a kind person and received professional treatment. I also got good care in the welfare home, which helped me a lot. As of now, Im still eager to know who my biological parents are, where they are, and whether I have brothers or sisters. I understand the pain and helplessness of them when they abandoned me. If I could find them, I would like to know where my Chinese home is, when my truly birthday is, and what my life was before I was abandoned. Chang said.
If you have any information about this 20-year-old girl's biological parents, please contact the Changchun Evening News correspondent via phone or WeChat at 13610746166.