Now that we have our LOA and China has officially accepted us as our twin’s parents, we are getting ready to send a package to our girls. Several months ago we made up a very cool little picture book with Shutterfly. It’s got pictures of us, our house, our girls and even our cats. We were hoping to send it to our girls along with a bunch of toys. However, this morning we got it all ready to go and discovered that it would cost $90 to ship it via UPS. And that is even with a nearly 50% discount by shipping it from my work. We did find that we could ship it through the US Post Office for about $48. That is a little more reasonable, but still expensive.
The high cost of shipping makes some of the services available in China seem more attractive. These places will put a care package together and will ship it to our girls for us. They even say they can get pictures of our girls and measurements. However, we checked with Anne of the Red Thread and she said she can send a care package for us, but that the Nanning orphanage most likely would not give her or us new pictures of the girls or measurements. That’s just their policy. Bummer….
In addition, the Nanning orphanage requires them to ship all packages directly to the orphanage first and then the orphanage workers will forward it to the children in foster care. So we don’t really get any better guarantee that our stuff gets to our girls than if we send it to the orphanage ourselves.
We also tried China Adoption Help, but they didn’t answer our questions yet.
So now we’re not sure what to do……