CCAI’s 2nd Annual Orphan Care Gala Coming Soon!

It’s that time again! CCAI is excited to host our 2ND ANNUAL ORPHAN CARE GALA, November 9, 2014!

To purchase tickets, please visit www.ccaifamily.org

CCAI 2nd Annual Gala

Last year, CCAI’s 1st Annual Orphan Care Gala (a beautiful success) helped raise more than $50,000 for our orphan care initiatives and helped build three new LOCC’s, sponsor 52 orphans, and renovate two old orphanages, to just list a few incredible accomplishments!  This year, we are hoping to surpass last year’s benchmark!

The 2nd Annual Orphan Care Gala will be a family friendly affair! Come learn about CCAI’s many orphan care initiatives and bring your loved ones to share in a beautiful, inspiring night filled with food, games, and special performances. We cannot wait!

CCAI 2nd Annual Orphan Care Gala
Summit Event Center (411 Sable Blvd., Aurora, CO 80011)
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Tickets $40/adult, $20/child
Children 3 and under – Free

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Pasta Buffet by Summit Catering
Beverages / Cash Bar
Family Friendly Activities
Live and Silent Auctions

For any questions, please email gala@ccaifamily.org!

CCAI Celebrates 22 Years

CCAI 22nd AnniversaryToday marks the 22ND ANNIVERSARY of CCAI!!! It’s our birthday today!

In our 22 years, we have found families for exactly 11,345 children, including our very first two Latvia adoptions completed last week!

CCAI has worked with 412 orphanages in China from 30 provinces and we continuously strive to provide support for 28 orphanages in China, Haiti, and Congo, and find more ways to better the lives of the children. 22 years and we’re still building new adventures! There is still so much to do and we cannot wait to see what the future holds!

THANK YOU to Lily and Joshua for following their hearts 22 years ago, saying “I can” and making such a HUGE difference in so many lives! Thank you to each and every one of our families and friends who have held our hands along this 22-year journey, trusting us to help complete your families and supporting our orphan outreach efforts. We could not ask for a better family.

What a Happy Monday! <3

 

#FridayFeelgood: Nathan Has His Cochlear Implant Activated For First Time

We’re starting a new hashtag. Every Friday, we’re going to try to feature a CCAI family story that will make you smile from ear to ear and feel all warm inside. If you have a heartwarming story that you would like to share, please tell us about it and we’ll feature a new story every Friday!

For our very first #FridayFeelgood, turn your heartlights on as our little man, Nathan, has his cochlear implants activated and hears for the first time!

Happy Friday!

Nathan’s Activation from TerningClan on Vimeo.

Cultural Classes offered at Atlanta Chinese Christian Church!

For our wonderful families and friends in the Atlanta area who want to take some Chinese culture and Mandarin classes, the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church offers FREE classes every Tuesday morning (except during school breaks and holidays)!

These classes are taught by native Chinese speakers and run from 10 AM – 11 AM. The church is located at 1837 Bill Murdoch Road in Marietta, GA 30062.

For more information, please feel free to contact:

Xingzhong (Frank) Shi
H: (256) 830-0024
C: (256) 479-8396
fshi_xz@yahoo.com

You may also contact our Georgia office at ga-promo@ccaifamily.org!

Note from a family:  While the classes are free, the textbook and workbook is about $30.  Class size fluctuates between 7-10 students, depending upon schedules.  The group right now if a varied group.  Two of us have adopted from China and one is waiting to bring her daughter home.  We also have 1 Korean, 1 Japanese, and 1 Vietnamese woman in the class.  I mention this b/c we are learning about ALL Asian cultures and how they are different.  Great stuff!

Host an Orphan This Winter through CCAI’s Hosting Program

Dang Hong JuanWe still need families for 19 orphans!  Three of these wonderful children have $500 hosting grants, so if you have ever considered hosting, now is a great time!

Making the Difference

16 amazing families are already making the difference in the lives of 16 children through hosting this winter!  We ask that you to please consider opening your heart and home to an orphan over the holidays.  Giving the gift of family to a child over the holidays may be the most precious gift that you ever give, as well as receive!

To register for the photo listing of children available for hosting please visit the following link:  http://www.projectonefortythree.org/host/photo-listing-registration/.

If you have questions about hosting a child please email hosting@ccaifamily.org.

Life-Changer – Vol. 1 Issue 3

Life-ChangerTake a gander at CCAI’s latest Life-Changer charity newsletter! http://ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Docs/LifeChangerVol3-14.pdf.

Thank you all so much for your contributions to CCAI’s Children Charities efforts!  The entire charity team at CCAI wants to share with you the exciting projects that CCAI is doing in China because of your help.

We are gearing up for Orphan Awareness Month and our own CCAI Orphan Care Gala in November.  Thank you for being such incredible supporters on this continuous adventure as we endeavor to reach and improve as many children’s lives as possible and make dreams come true!

 

Older Orphan Winter Hosting Program is Here!

Have you ever thought about hosting an older child?

CCAI, with the support of P143, is continuing our Older Orphan Winter Hosting Program from China!

The Winter 2014-2015 photo listing is NOW OPEN!  Pre-register today at www.projectonefortythree.org to see the orphans from Latvia who are available to stay with your family for 4 weeks this winter.  More children from China will be added in the next few days, and children from Ukraine will be added soon, so bookmark the photo listing and return often!

This is a truly remarkable way to make a difference in an orphan’s life over the holidays!  If you see a child you are interested in hosting this winter, contact the P143 team immediately. Many of the children will be placed on hold VERY QUICKLY!  Contact numbers are in the photo listing.

Why Should I Consider Hosting?

Families choose to host for a variety of reasons.  Some families ultimately want to adopt the child they host.  Although not all children in this program are available for adoption, many children are.  Additionally, CCAI can assist you as your placing agency should you host a child through Project 143 and then want to consider the possible adoption of that child!

Can CCAI Help Me if I am Considering Hosting?

If you live in Colorado, Kentucky, Georgia, or Florida then we can assist you with your home safety check, which is a part of the hosting process!  If, in the course of hosting a child, you would like to pursue adoption, CCAI can serve as your placement agency, as well!

For more information on hosting a child from China, Latvia, or Ukraine this winter, please check out Project 143’s website at www.p143.org.

China Heritage Tours – A Reflection on 2014 and Announcements for 2015

We had three extraordinary heritage tours in 2014 with almost 400 travelers!  117 families traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Yangshuo for 10 incredible days while connecting with some of the richest parts of Chinese culture!

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They visited many famous sites including the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, the Giant Panda Reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin.  The trip was jam packed with wonderful Chinese cuisine, tea sampling, shows highlighting traditional music and dance, as well as, quality time for the kids to bond and build friendships with each other.

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We received so many heart-warming compliments from families:

  • “The value of the trip far exceeded the cost!”
  • “A trip of a life time! A wonderful gift for the adoptee, worth every cent”
  • “The whole tour was extremely well laid out and planned. We got to see a tremendous amount in a short time. It was tiring but definitely worth it.”
  • “We felt very prepared for the trip. It is a physically challenging trip with lots of changing of places and hotels, but we were prepared. It was wonderful.”
  • “We loved everything about the trip. From the size of the groups, the sites, the activities, etc. We thank everyone for their part in making this trip a reality for us. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The only bad part……it’s over!”
  • “Thank you so much for this opportunity. All in all it was a wonderful trip and the highlight for me was the magic of seeing my daughter begin to reconnect with her homeland. This trip helped her recognize the connection she’ll always have between her Chinese roots and her American life. She says she can’t wait to go back again!”

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We are SO glad everyone had such a good time!

As these trips have been such a success this year, we are delighted to be able to announce four more tours for the upcoming year!  As in the past, China adoptees of all ages are FREE for in-China tours!

2015 Heritage Tour Schedule

Spring Schedule:  March 29, 2015 – April 8, 2015

Summer Schedule:  June 14, 2015 – 24, 2015  AND  July 19, 2015 – 29, 2015

Winter Schedule:  December 23, 2015 – January 2, 2016

Some incredible highlights of the 2015 tours will be:

  • Ten days and five spectacular cities: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Yangshuo.
  • Visit the mystical CCCWA (formerly CCAA), climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, be awed by the Terra Cotta Soldiers, hold a giant panda, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine, and much more!
  • Includes all in-China air and ground transportation, hotels, park and show tickets, and most meals during the dates mentioned for each tour (Panda hugging in Chengdu costs extra).
  • All of this for $1,899 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,399 for non-China adoptee children.
  • Optional visit and tour to your child’s orphanage is available BEFORE or AFTER the main tour (additional costs apply).

Online registration is available on our website at www.ccaifamily.org/heritagetour for all four tours! 

Note: In order to benefit from the free Chinese adoptee in-China tour package:

  • Adopted Chinese children must travel with their own parent(s).
  • Each adoptive couple (both traveling) can bring up to three Chinese adoptees
  • Each single parent can bring up to two Chinese adoptees

These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives.  So please spread the word!  If you are a FCC chapter member in your area, please help us get the word out to FCC communities.  Thank you!!! 

For any questions about the upcoming 2015 tours, please feel free to email heritagetour@chinesechildren.org or call 303-850-9998.  We look forward to helping your family plan an amazing trip back to China!

GW

7 Things Your Adoption Agency Wishes You Knew…

The adoption process is like no other journey you will ever take, and CCAI is so honored and humbled that you have chosen to walk it with us!  Yes, we have a business relationship for the provision of services, but it’s an emotional journey of the heart, challenging at the best of times, and it becomes far more than just a simple business transaction.  It is a unique and treasured relationship that we have with you, and if we could share with each family, from our hearts to yours, we would say…

  1. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE!

This is not an “us and them” partnership – it’s WE!  YOU, your family, and US, CCAI!  WE are a team, united in the common goal of bringing home a child to your family.  We WANT a child to go home with you!  You might feel we’re being “nit-picky” about paperwork, but that’s only because we want to help you do everything right the first time and make sure things run as efficiently as possible.  We are not a hurdle standing between you and your child; we are your coaches, your teammates, your cheerleaders, and your fans on this journey!!

  1. We CARE.

My GOSH, do we care!!  We care SO MUCH about your family and the children we place.  This is NOT (NOT NOT NOT!!!) “just a job” for any of us at CCAI.  We are not cold, faceless workers just here for a paycheck (hey, we have seen those movies too).  We are kind and loving people, here because we sincerely, genuinely, want to help families adopt children and to help the homeless to find a home.  We are always thinking of ways we can improve our service to you, to the child you adopt, and to those children left behind.  This is a heart’s calling for us, and we WANT to help you!

  1. PLEASE call us, we welcome your questions!

No really, you are NOT “bothering” us!  Remember, YOU are why we’re here!!  Social media can be an awesome source of support, however mis-truths and inaccuracies can quickly turn into “facts” and freak you out unnecessarily.  Although the general process and basic steps are the same for each family, every family and adoption is unique and sometimes, advice/information given to one family does not pertain to all others.   Ask US your questions, not your online friends.  It doesn’t matter that we have answered the same question 84 times today – we would rather you hear it from us!  Let your online friends be your cheerleaders and supporters; let CCAI guide you through the process.

  1. We know you by name.  You are our FAMILY!

We do!  Yes, we are a large agency, but we don’t refer to you by a case number; we think of you AND your adoption by name.  Did you know that in our office we don’t refer to you as customers, cases, or even clients?  We call you our “family” because that’s what you are – a family, not a number or a case – and that’s who you are – part of CCAI’s family.  Same team, remember?

  1. PLEASE read what we send you!

PLEASE?!  We promise, we don’t write our packets for our own entertainment or to help you fall asleep at night.  Sometimes they can be dry, we know, but truly, it’s important information that you need to have for a successful adoption!!

  1. What we know, you’ll know.

NEVER in a million years would we ever, EVER withhold from you information important to your adoption!!  When your dossier leaves for China, you’ll know!  When we have a potential child match for you, you’ll know!  If we get updated information on your child, you’ll know!  When your LOA or Travel Approval arrives, you’ll – OK, you get the picture!  We also don’t throw rumors around; we want to share real, verified news with you.  So while you’re always, always welcome to contact CCAI to check in or ask questions, as your teammates, just know that we WILL, at the soonest possible moment, let you know when there is news related to your adoption!

  1. We value your trust above everything else.

We understand the adoption process – boy oh BOY, do we understand it.  And we understand what it’s like to go through it – many of us are adoptive parents ourselves.  We know it’s hard, and we know how hard it is to take the leap of faith in the first place, let alone with an agency that may be several states away, with staff you may never meet.  That’s why it’s so important to us that we work hard to earn your trust and to be deserving of it!

Whew!  Feels good to get that off our chests – thanks for listening! :)

Adopteen’s 7th Annual National Adopteen Camp-Conference a HUGE EVENT

From the desk of Adopteen (www.adopteen.org/news.aspx)!

7/30/2014

Hello friends!

We miss you all and are very much stuck in our post-Adopteen blues, or, as we so often like to call it, Post Adopteen Camp Depression (#PACD). It’s real and it’s serious.  We hope the PACD is not treating you too bad.  Did anyone notice that Detroit was bummed out too?  A whole bunch of us got stuck in Detroit’s angry weather!  We could have had an Adopteen Afterparty, amiright?!

We hope that you’ve all finally caught up on some sleep.  We are very proud to say that the 7th Annual National Adopteen Camp-Conference was a huge success!  A heartfelt thank you to all 128 of you who made it all possible.  We had a blast getting to know all of you and know that we will meet again — Sooner than later!  For those of you who wish you had had more time to get to know everyone (we know it was A LOT of people to meet in 5 days), please don’t be a stranger.

FacebookTwitterInstagram, text, call, Snapchat, do that thing you do!  Let’s stay connected!

I can still hear the cheering as your fellow Adopteens conquered the rings at Centennial Quarry. And the sheer terror and admiration I felt watching you all take on the Dragster at Cedar Point. You guys are crazy, and my heroes. My crazy heroes.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the magical and superhuman Luanne Billstein, who brought Adopteen to the Great Lakes area and made this year’s Camp-Conference a reality. We owe her many life-long friendships and memories from this incredible past week. With her amazing heart and undaunted spirit, we managed to pull off quite the whirlwind week! Everyone please be sure to give her a hug if you ever run into her in days and conferences to come.

And with that, we’ll see you all next time. Thank you for being incredible and inspiring and so so rad. #AFL

Sincerely,
Art & Amy & the entire Adopteen Team

Adopteen’s 7th Annual National Camp-Conference was held in Toledo, OH with 130 campers, hosted by the University of Toledo!  Their Camp-Conferences are open to any and all adoptees, ages 13 and up! For more information on Adopteen and all of their events, be sure to visit www.adopteen.org and join their mailing list!