TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Kun/Quinn

 

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It’s time for another Too Cute Tuesday! Meet Kun (you might also recognize her as Quinn from Journey of Hope!) This silly, fun-loving 10-year-old girl always has a smile on her face. Please help us share her story so that she can find her forever family!
Kun likes to sing and dance, and she sure likes to talk too! She has learned to express her needs and takes the initiative to say “hi” to visitors and play games with the younger children. Quinn also comforts other kids when they are sad by sharing her own toys. She can help nannies with chores and loves to help others.

Kun was hosted in the US this last Winter as a part of our Winter Hosting Program! Kun’s host family shared some of their favorite things about her with us:

Dang Yi Kun Hosting - eating“Kun is a cheerful, cuddly girl who loves to giggle and be silly and loves attention.  She is definitely a girly girl and likes having her hair brushed (and to brush others) nailpolish and chapstick, and the prettier the dress the better.  She loves playing with shape puzzles, building toys (like legos and magnetic shapes) and especially play-doh.  She LOVES to sing and could never get enough of swing dancing with one of us in the living room.  She enjoys chores and took it on herself to do things like sweep, wash windows, break down boxes, and fold clothes – she has an amazing work ethic.  She has good self care skills – can bathe (though I stayed with her at bathtime) and dress herself and can go to the bathroom on her own.

Dang Yi Kun Hosting - sledI feel she was very timid and a bit scared when arriving but left fearless.  She was very scared of our two dogs at first – to the point that she couldn’t even look at them (we kept them confined by a baby gate in another room at first).  But halfway through her stay she really warmed up to them, and really seemed to enjoy being around them and feeding them.  Also at mid visit she just took that attitude with everything else – and threw herself into every activity from sledding to sleigh rides to horseback riding.  It was neat to see her petting one of the big draft horses just a week after she was terrified of a dog.”

Please help us find Kun’s forever family!

Joyous Chinese Cultural Center Celebrates the Year of the Monkey!

Happy Chinese New Year, CCAI Family!!!

Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Lion DanceThis past Friday, February 6th, the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center ushered in the new Year of the Monkey with their annual Chinese New Year Celebration!  The beautiful event was attended by over 1000 family members and friends and featured breathtaking performances from our incredible (and incredibly adorable) JCCC dancers and actors (well done, Adult Chinese Language Class!), as well as a Chinese magician!

Chinese Level 8 Dance Class Performs Traditional Fan Dance

Opening up with an electrifying Lion Dance from the talented Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu students and closing with a heartwarming group sing-along to “The Ocean is My Homeland”, the unforgettable evening was yet another beautiful success.

We loved all of the fantastic performances and catching up with friends, old and new.  CCAI and JCCC wish you all a happy and healthy Year of the Monkey, brimming with blessings and delicious food!

Xin Nian Kuai Le!  Gong Xi Fa Cai!

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Jun

Happy Too Cute Tuesday! Please meet Jun – a smart and friendly 8 year old who is looking for his forever family!

ZhangJun  (4)ZhangJun  (3)Jun is currently studying in the special education class and is doing well. His nannies say that he is ahead of some of his classmates in school, and that he is able to express himself very well through language. Jun likes listening to music and playing at the sand table in his classroom. He gets along well with other children and is helpful and polite toward his nannies. Jun can manage most tasks on his own – he can eat alone and go to and from school alone, though his motor development is a bit delayed. Jun has a bright future ahead of him – please help him find his forever family so he can continue to grow!

Jun is a Special Focus child, meaning he can be matched to a family either with or without a dossier in China and may also be accepted along with another child! He is diagnosed with Club Feet and An Upper Limb Deformity.

Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Jun!

Visit http://ccaifamily.org/WaitingChild/Waiting-Child-Profile.aspx to see more children waiting for their forever families.

HOSTING ADVOCACY POST: Luo

LUO NEEDS YOUR HELP – PLEASE SHARE HER STORY! This sweet girl is almost 14, and we need to find her a family before she ages out of her eligibility for international adoption in June!

Luo is a beautiful 13 year old girl. She is able to take care of herself very well, and even helps some of the other MinLuoYan (2)children when she can. Luo’s nannies say she is very strong and brave – it doesn’t matter how far she has walked, or how tired she gets, she will continue. When she walks she will sometimes become unsteady and fall over, but she gets up quietly each time. Her nannies say it makes people admire her strength and will power.

Luo had the opportunity to be hosted in the US as part of our Summer 2015 Hosting Program. She had an amazing time here, and for her, the experience confirmed that she DOES want a family and DOES want to be adopted! Luo’s nannies told us that she has been dreaming of finding her forever family ever since she returned home from hosting. She has watched several of her friends be adopted and often asks her nannies “When is it my turn?”

MinLuoYan (3)Luo’s host family loved having her in their home, but was unable to adopt her. They shared some of their favorite things about Luo with us:
“She is so smart, always wanting to read and learn new things. She tried very hard to teach us Chinese, and she was so eager to learn as much English as possible. And my (host Mom) Chinese was the worst, and we would all end up rolling in laughter.

She is a very talented artist. She loves to draw and paint. She loves music and would sit and play our piano and sing. We loved hearing her beautiful, sweet voice flowing through our home. Her spirit just lit up our home and she has deeply touched our hearts.

Luo always helped around the house. She is very organized and tried to keep us organized. She is very independent, and takes care of herself. She takes care of all of her hygiene and grooming needs herself.

Luo has some difficulty walking long distances, but she absolutely loves going and seeing new things. She doesn’t let anything slow her down. She was always ready for the next adventure.”

Please help this brave girl find her forever family!

 

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Yong

Happy Too Cute Tuesday CCAI Families! This week we’d like to introduce you to Yong, a handsome, caring, and adventurous 13 year old boy. PLEASE HELP US SHARE HIS STORY – not only will Yong be “aging out” when he turns 14, but CCAI only has a limited amount of time left with his file!

Yong was hostedWangYongGu (1) in the US as a part of CCAI’s Summer 2015 Hosting Program, and his host family has nothing but amazing things to say about him:

“Yong is a bright and happy 13 year old boy who made a huge impression on our whole family, from my youngest child (also age 13) to my oldest son at 21.

Yong is clever, creativWangYongGu (2)e, fun-loving, brave, helpful, sweet and thoughtful.

He showed great courage to come to a country so far away to live with people he did not know.  He quickly adapted to our customs.  He learned to play our games, taught us his own games, ventured into a swimming pool and loved it, splashed in the ocean, ate many different foods, and was game for any adventure.   Simply put, this child is as stronWangYongGu (4)g and confident as he is sweet and thoughtful. Any family thinking about adoption of a young teen would be very lucky to have Yong in their lives!!”

His nannies in China also think highly of him – they say that he is a good leader, responsible, polite, and sensible. He is like a big brother to the younger children in his orphanage – he loves to play with them, will help push wheelchairs or strollers, help feed them, and will even make paper-cut art for them. His nannies say that “no matter what situation, he will allow his little brothers and sisters to go first; he is very polite child.”

After visiting America, Yong is sure that he wants to be adopted. He often talks to his nannies about his desire to have a mom and dad. Please help Yong find his forever family – he truly deserves it!

Yong’s host family is willing to talk to families who are seriously considering adopting him!

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting YONG, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “YONG FROM SUMMER HOSTING”

If you are unable to adopt Yong, there are other ways to help! Click here to donate toward Yong’s adoption expenses:

https://www.ccaifamily.org/WaitingChild/Child-Profile-Details?ChildId=16428

ADVOCACY POST: Qin

 

QIN NEEDS YOUR HELP! She has very little time before she turn 14 and “ages out” of her eligibility for international adoption. Please help us share her story so that she can find her forever family!

Qin is quiet and introverted, but has Qin Web Lga good relationship with the other children in her orphanage. She enjoys listening to music and reading, and is about to enter middle school. She is doing well in school (especially in math and English) and is one of the top students in her class! Her nannies say she is responsible and hard working. Qin is a bit of a “girly-girl.” She likes dressing up and wearing her favorite clothes, and devotes particular attention to her hair – she will comb her hair and tie it into a braid when she wakes up.

Qin’s burns are the result of a tragic house fire. Despite everything she has been through, Qin has a positive outlook onChen Xiao Qin (3) life and remains optimistic that she will find her forever family!

We need to get this sweet girl home quickly! CCAI is looking for any family that has a current dossier in China, or is eligible for Returning Special Focus.

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting QIN, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “QIN from CCAI’s website”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Wei

Li Shu Wei Hosting 10Wei is a very happy, giggly, and fun-loving 7-year-old boy! He was a part of our Winter 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family to call his own.

Wei is blind, but during his stay in the US he learned there may be some hope! His host family took him to see eye specialists, and discovered that he may be a good candidate for a cornea transplant. Unfortunately, Wei is running out of time to have this LIFE CHANGING surgery.

“Cornea transplants in cases such as Wei’s are generally not done after age 7, and definitely not after age 8.  As I understand it, after that many years of never having had an image form on the retina, the neurological pathways simply do not develop, and sight cannot be attained,” says his host mother.

Wei had a fun time in the US! His host mom noted that he was very shy and scared at first – he did not understand what was going on and was open about letting out his frustrations. Wei began to adjust and adapt as a couple of days went by. At first he did not want to take a bath and strongly protested, but after he learned what to expect, he jumped right in and swam around like a fish! He even developed a little routine: He knew that after dinner came bath time, and after a bath it was time for bed! He caught on to other household routines, too, and learned to help with some chores. After the first week he even started mimicking some English!

Li Shu Wei Hosting 7Wei’s favorite activity seemed to be sliding. At first it seemed scary and he did not want to try it at all, but after some encouragement and support from his host mother, sliding is the only thing he wanted to do!

His host mom says that Wei is a GREAT eater! He specifically enjoyed cereal, chicken noodle soup, and potato soup. He ate most everything that was put in front of him, but did not like raw carrots or sauteed mushrooms.

Wei prefers more basic, toddler-type toys over Legos or army men. He can only see a tiny bit out of one eye, and has to be holding an object right up to his face, so he loves toys with lights and that make sound. While with his host family he got to go to the dentist. He was such a good patient that he got to pick out a toy after his appointment. Wei of course chose a mini LED flashlight that changes color – he loved it!

Li Shu Wei Hosting 16Wei’s host family says that he is generally a very sweet, happy child who would do wonderfully with lots of individualized attention, structure, and loving boundaries.

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting WEI, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “WEI FROM WINTER HOSTING”

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Gum

It’s time for another Too Cute Tuesday! This week we have an ESPECIALLY cute little guy – please meet Gum! He is 7 years old and would love to have a family to call his own one day. Please help us share Gum’s story!

 

Gum likes music – listening to it, dancing to it, and of course, singing along to it! He even got to be a lead singer for a performance on Children’s day. He is described as being an oWangGuMin (5)WangGuMin 10.28 (3)utstanding little leader, and helps his nannies and teachers as he can. Gum is a smart boy – his nannies say his general knowledge, spoken language, and daily communication skills are all very good. He is also a good student!

 

When Gum first came to the orphanage he had a hard time moving his limbs. He has been doing some therapy and has made great improvements. He can use his hands fairly well, go up and down stair (with support), and he LOVES to play outside! Gum has a bright future ahead of him, but he needs a family to help him grow!

  

Gum is a Special Focus child, meaning he can be matched to a family either with or without a dossier in China and may also be accepted along with another child! He is diagnosed with Club Feet and An Upper Limb Deformity.

Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Wen!

Visit http://ccaifamily.org/WaitingChild/Waiting-Child-Profile.aspx to see more children waiting for their forever families.

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Hao/Holly

Hao is aDang Hao Hosting 2, typically, happy and playful little girl! Her hosting family has said that she adores her host siblings and loves getting to play with them any chance she gets. Blocks, books Legos, etc., whatever they have going she is very happy just to be playing!

“Hao’s favorite has been the baby dolls.  We have lots of dolls, and she loves them! We are so happy she loves the dolls!” said her host family.

She didn’t eat very much until about day 3, but her family thinks that could have been nerves of coming to a new place. After a few days she began eating very well; however, they were unable to ever detect which food was her favorite since she would eat anything.

She would do well in a structured family life with rules. She doesn’t like it when things don’t go her way, and there is no way to talk her out of it, according to her family. All that can be

Overall her family says she was a joy to have in their home. She smiled so much that it blesses all their hearts! She doesn’t understand too much, but does know how to receive love, and that is such a blessing!!18-DangHao (2)

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Hao, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HAO FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Huang

**PLEASE NOTE: Huang is the child in the orange t-shirt in the video. The other child is not available for adoption.

3-WuHuangJia (2)Huang is a sweet 12-year-old boy who enjoys painting, coloring, writing, running, soccer, and jump rope. He was a part of our Summer 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family to call his own! Unfortunately, CCAI does not have much time left with his file. In about 2 weeks, since he has not yet found a family, we will have to return his file to China. Huang turns 13 this month – giving him only 1 year before he “ages out” of his eligibility for international adoption. Please help Huang find his family!

Huang Web Lg 2Huang has post operative cleft lip and palate and ptosis. He says he has a few special friends and likes to play blocks with them. His favorite toys are yo yo’s and remote control cars. Huang is presently in 2nd grade. His favorite subjects are gym and art, and his favorite color is blue. He thinks he’d like to be a policeman when he grows up, and the only thing he’s afraid of is elephants!

His host family says this about him: “He has a gentle spirit and is very helpful around the house. He very smart and learns quickly. His favorite activities include swimming in a lake, tubing, and watching fireworks for the fourth of July. He has learned how to ride a bike and loves it! He enjoys playing outside a lot, climbing trees and digging in the sand. He liked the local library activity where he could create things. He doesn’t enjoy a lot of people or riding in the car very long. He likes to know what the next activities and meals are. Huang was very fun to have as a part of our family this summer.

3-WuHuangJia (5)He loves to figure out how things work and to create new things. He clearly has an artist/engineer’s mind. He does beautiful Chinese calligraphy and notices details in many things. He has an excellent memory for things he has seen (movies, where objects go in the house, etc.)

He was gentle with our four-year-old son, and knew well how to care for him and negotiate sharing/trading toys with him, although (as a typical twelve-year-old) he would get frustrated with the copying and sometimes needed to play with peers. He loved hugs and snuggles from our son, but had a harder time with physical affection from adults.

Huang loves noodles, meat, pickled vegetables, and anything spicy. He doesn’t care for sweets (except for candy), bread or sandwiches. Food is very important to him and he can eat a lot when he likes it. He expressed some interest in learning to cook himself.”

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting HUANG, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HUANG FROM SUMMER HOSTING”