New Xulon Release: Adopted Daughter Returns Home To Shanghai For A Visit

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Janice Tanner and Theresa Pruett pen their personal story of adoption – the first day of Theresa’s adoption to her return home to China as an adult

The Return - An Adopted Chinese Daughter Returns Home

...story from an adopted child's/adult's point of view is very special

Within the pages of Janice Tanner and Theresa Pruett’s new book, The Return - An Adopted Chinese Daughter Returns Home, ($16.49, paperback, 9781498457514; $26.49, hardcover, 9781498462464), is a journal of thoughts and feelings of Theresa, an adopted girl from Shanghai, who after 10 years returned home to visit China. This book is unique - written jointly by the adopted child and her adopted mother.

Rather than leave her cultural identity behind, Theresa chose to embrace and celebrate it by returning to visit her orphanage, her teachers, friends and the country she loved. Readers will hear directly from the adopted child's perspective about the journey of adoption. It emphasizes the importance of re-connecting with a child's culture and country as part of their lifetime development. It also provides insight into how cultural identity is a necessary component in parenting adopted ethnic children – and shows how faith and community strengthen this unique adoption journey.

“We have not found other books that document this type of journey,” states the author. “Hearing the story from an adopted child's/adult's point of view is very special. We strongly encourage all ethnically adopted children to re-connect with their country and culture.”

Theresa Pruett, named “Yude” at birth, was born in Shanghai, China. She was abandoned before the age of one. She lived in a city orphanage until she was adopted at age 12 and was renamed Theresa after her adoption. She presently works and lives in Oregon with her husband and son. This book is her story.

Janice Tanner is a Christian-adopted mother of two children from Shanghai, China – including Theresa. She was fortunate to travel with Theresa back to China and record her thoughts and interactions with her friends and mentors. Janice is a clinical child/adolescent psychologist who has provided individual and family services for over 20 years.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Return - An Adopted Chinese Daughter Returns Home through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contacts: Janice Tanner and Theresa Pruett
Email: chinesemom(at)mac(dot)com

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