We recently received a Chinese newspaper dated July 2012 containing Sophia's finding ad. She is labeled as child #565.
In China, before an orphanage places a child for adoption, they must run a finding ad in a local newspaper noting the child's date of birth, place of abandonment, and any other known circumstances. Maybe a way to notify the birth parents of the child's impending adoption? Sadly though, it is just a formality because very few finding ads result in family members stepping forward.
How difficult it was to see our daughter's beautiful face in a sea of other precious faces. Her numeric label means she is the 565th child to be listed that year in this paper. And, this was just a small, eight page, local newspaper. Wow....that is astonishing and heart breaking.
But, it won't be long before #565 has a home, a name, and a forever family! So looking forward to that day!