To Our Readers, Aug. 14, 1995

The road to parenthood is often paved with missteps and disappointments, but for parents who for one reason or another choose to adopt, it is especially perilous. Senior writer Jill Smolowe and her husband Joe Treen (a senior editor at PEOPLE) traveled all the way to Yangzhou, China, to find their daughter Rebecca, and there were hazards all the way: interminable waiting lists; promising leads that fell through at the last minute; even political turmoil. As journalists, the couple were keenly aware that international events could at any moment close a door that had taken years to pry open. Just as...

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