Fitzner talks international adoption at Kiwanis meeting

by | December 4, 2019 4:11 pm

The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held one of its weekly meetings, Tuesday, November 26, at 7 p.m. at Catered Creations.

With President-Elect Dess D. Smith III presiding, 16 members and one guest, Tripp Fitzner, attended. Bobbie Daughtry hosted the evening’s program and introduced Fitzner, who is assistant district attorney for Candler and Toombs counties.

Fitzner, noting the Kiwanis Club’s function to “serve the children of the world,” gave a program on international adoption. He and his wife, Jennifer, adopted two children from China. They chose to go the international route to adopt since DFCS and other agencies in the U.S. have re-unification tracks and the Fitzners wanted to adopt to keep the child. They also knew people who had gone this route. For every newborn and toddler, there were 20 couples wanting to adopt, according to Fitzner.

The first step in the adoption process was completion of a dossier by the potential parents, followed by the submission of the dossier for selection by the Chinese. The acceptance of a referral from the Chinese government was the next step, and the final step was going to China to complete the adoption. 

Fitzner showed pictures of his two sons. He also showed the Mandarin-to-English sheet used to communicate with toddlers. During the two weeks he and Jennifer spent in China getting acquainted with their son, Song, they visited the Great Wall of China and drove through a drive-through zoo.

To become a member of the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, please call Membership Chair Jane Durden at 478-494-4113, or email at To find out more information about the club and the many community service projects it sponsors each year, visit their website at or their Swainsboro Kiwanis Facebook page. You may also tweet the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club at @SwainsboroK.

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