Our Adoption Journal

Key Facts

  • Name: Gabriel Li Londgren
  • Province: Inner Mongolia (Boutou)
  • Birth date: February 4, 2007
  • Chinese Name: Wang Li Jun
  • Login Date: April 24, 2007
  • Referral Dates: PA: August 18, 2009:,
  • LOA September 8, 2009
  • Travel Dates:November 17 - December, 5, 2009
Foster Home and Baotou Social Welfare Institute

Initially Information was Scarce:
Finding any information about Gabriel's Orphanage was seemingly almost impossible. Unlike Madeleine's orphanage in Chongqing, there is not link on the Half-the-Sky Foundation Web Page. This page had many photos of the orphanage and you could get a good idea of what her first year was like. We encourage you to visit this site, it has a lot of great information about orphanages in China, it is definitely a charity that we endorse. It also has one of the coolest red thread pictures I have seen. A little girl standing on the Great Wall of China, with a long red banner flowing (to her waiting parents). Unfortunately, Baotou is not a part of this program.

I tried looking in the Blog world and found a site that seemed to reference Baotou, it was hard to tell as it was in Spanish. Just when I was about to give up, I found the Lossing Family Site. What a gift. It has a very nice journal of their own journey to Jonathan. He was a little boy from Baotou. The photos in the Referral Photos and Updates Section are great. This boy is amazing!

We got a surprise update late in the process and learned that he spent much of his time in a foster home. Based on the report from the CCAA, Gabriel was in the foster home since October 12, 2007. The pictures in that update actually came from the foster mother and father. It was a relief to know that they had taken care of him and that he was getting a lot of attention.

So the actual chronology of Gabe's time before is goes something like this:

  • Born approximately February 4, 2007
  • Found in Gas Station April 4, 2007
  • Resides at the Boutou Children's Welfare Institute April 4, 2007
  • Cleft Lip Repair - March 31, 2007
  • Placed in his Foster Home - October 12, 2007
  • Cleft Palate Repair - April 22, 2008
  • Returned to Boutou Children's Welfare Institute - Unknown (Sept - Oct 2009)
  • Leaves Boutou for Hohhot and meets us for first time - 11/22/2009
  • Legal Adoption completed Hohhot - 11/23/2009
  • Immigration process complete and oath taken in Guangzhou - 12/2/2009
  • Gabriel arrives at his new home in the United States - 12/5/2009
Links -
Epilogue - The Red Thread at Work

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle but never break. When we returned from China, we got even more news. A woman who adopted just prior to us from our agency and who happens to also adopted from Inner Mongolia. She actually traveled with Margaret during parts of their journeys. It turns out that her daughter is in same CAAM class as Maddy so I see her nearly every week. She moderates a chat group for Inner Mongolia and remembered our story. It so happens that another family who adopted had seen Gabriel when they were in China about a half of a year later. She helped get us connected and it was exciting to learn that Gabriel had a foster sister named Mei. Follow this link to learn more about Mei and her family as well as get a better feel for Boutou and the life that Gabriel lived prior to him joining our family.

We have been in contact with the family and have learned some details of his life in the foster home. Gabriel absolutely lit up when we showed him pictures of Mei on their family site. It is clear that Gabriel loved his foster sister very much and they had spent a great deal of time together. Based on the accounts of Mei's mother, it is possible that another foster sibling may exist, only time will tell. It is also clear that his foster parents cared and loved him very much. We are excited that they have kept in contact with us and are very interested in Gabriel's development. We have also exchange email with the foster parents directly. Exciting is in adequate to describe it. Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to stay in touch with both his foster sister and his foster parents. The red thread is strong indeed!

The Earliest Pictures of Gabriel, Likely right after surgery - Not Sure if he is Foster Home or Orphanage
Pictures of Gabriel while he was at his Foster Home. Some of these pictures were sent in the second update. Some were taken by the family whose adopted daughter (Mei) is Gabriel's foster-sister. Special thanks to Mei's family for the additional insight into this part of Gabriel's life! We are very fortunate.
Pictures of Gabriel upon his return to the Boutou Social Welfare Institute. This is where Gabriel spent his last few months before he took that faithful trip to Hohhot to meet us. A few of the pictures show him in his new outfit that we sent over for him. We are not exactly certain of the date that he went back to the Orphanage.