Caring for China's Orphans was founded in 1995 when Tim and Jeannie Butler adopted their middle daughter Haley from MaAnshan in the Anhui province of China. They were parents of one child, Heidi, and sought to expand their family through adoption. Jeannie and Tim were among the first families in Nashville to participate in China's international adoption program. Jeannie heard of the great need for basic necessities in the orphanages and delivered a box of basic supplies to the Maanshan orphanage when in China for Haley's adoption. After witnessing first hand the great need in 1995. she knew she must return and provide aid to those children still waiting for a family.
Now in their 25th year, Caring for China's Orphans has made 42 trips to China. CFCO is a family affair. More often than not, Jeannie has been accompanied not only by volunteers during her trips to China, but by one of their girls as Heidi, Haley and Helina have all taken part in the work. Tim, though not a traveler, supports CFCO by doing the heavy lifting, often literally as he is tasked with getting boxes loaded for shipping, among other things! They have delivered THOUSANDS of pounds of orphan supplies; funded surgeries, medical care, and education; and had the privilege of rocking and loving countless children in the orphanages served.
Somewhere Between: The Movie When Haley Butler was 13, she was chosen as one of four girls to be featured in Somewhere Between, a documentary about international adoption. In addition to exploring the issues surrounding international adoption through the eyes of young adoptees, the film captures the Butlers during one of their trips to China during which Haley finds her birth parents.
Synopsis: Somewhere Between captures nearly three years in the lives of four dynamic young women. The emotional journey took the film crew across America where they documented the girls in their hometowns, facing racism and struggling with stereotypes. Their journeys were also documented as they traveled to Europe to meet other transracial adoptees and back to China, where they witnessed China’s gender gap resulting from its One Child Policy. As SOMEWHERE BETWEEN plunges the viewer into the ordinary and extraordinary days of these four girls lives, we, too, are forced to pause and consider who we are—both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants.