Older Orphan Summer Hosting a Success!

Partnering with P143 (www.p143.org), CCAI launched our Older Orphans Hosting Program this year to enable some older and special needs orphans, ages 6 to 13, to live with a loving family in American for four weeks and experience the love and fun of a family.  Nineteen children from Zhengzhou and Luoyang orphanages were the brave pioneers this summer and, during their four-week stay, these kids experienced culture shock, learned to eat and enjoy American food, had tons of fun at parks, swimming pools and zoos, enjoyed playing with their host siblings, shed lots of tears for their friends and foster parents in China, and even threw some fists when things did not go their way! ;)

P143 hellos

Michelle from P143 and Xia and Sheila from CCAI worked extremely hard every day to provide support to the wonderful families and all of the kids who were trying their best to communicate their needs to their host parents.  It was truly a great and capable team.

P143 goodbyes

All of the kids and chaperons said their sad goodbyes and left the USA on July 24th to return to China safe and sound!  The children know they are very much loved and prayed about for their lives and future.  We truly hope that some of the children one day will find their forever families and cannot wait for the children coming for their hosting adventures this winter!

CCAI Families Celebrate the 20th National Reunion

Hundreds of CCAI adoptive families from across the country gathered at CCAI Headquarters this past weekend on June 28th to celebrate our 20th Annual National Reunion and Open House!  Barrel train, duck pond, balloon animals, jumping castle, dance, Kung Fu, Bingo, food, and all sorts of fun games brought together one of the largest reunion crowds in recent years!

From our very first reunion in 1994 with just a half dozen families, to today’s 11,000 placements, CCAI has come a long way, creating families and fulfilling dreams, and we are always so excited to see everyone every year.

We want to thank the CCAI Adoptive Parent Council who organized this successful celebration under the strong leadership of Shanna Taylor and Virginia Wong.  We also thank our wonderful staff and all of our amazing volunteers who ran all the booths and greeted our families.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the Mile High city this year!  We hope to see even more of you next year!

 

19 Older Orphans Safely Arrived USA to Join Their Host Families!

The anticipation has been palpable for weeks now.  After a long night of train rides and 15 hours on their first-ever plane ride, travelling to a world unknown, 19 older orphans and their chaperons finally touched down, safe and sound, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport this afternoon and were immediately welcomed by their excited host families!

China Older Orphan Hostees arrive the USA!

After landing in Chicago, the group of children parted ways; one group flying to Atlanta and another to Denver. Project 143′s Chinese Orphan Hosting Program is a joint effort between P143 and CCAI to afford older orphans the opportunity to experience family love and fun for a 4 or 5-week period. It is an amazing way to love an orphan and make a tangible difference in their lives and we are so proud and thankful for this parternship!

If you are interested in hosting an older orphan from China, please contact us at hosting@ccaifamily.org or visit P143.org!

Just a Reminder: 20th Annual National CCAI Reunion Coming Soon!

On June 28th, join us for our most favorite day of the year!
The 20th Annual National CCAI Reunion!

CCAI Reunion TrainIn case you missed our Save the Dates post from a while back, remember to mark JUNE 28TH as a must attend. :D  We cannot wait to see you!!!

That’s right.  CCAI’s Adoptive Parents Council is gearing up for, not just any old reunion, but the 20th Annual National Reunion!  It’s a big deal and we want to see ALL OF YOU there!

Where:  CCAI Headquarters (6920 S. Holly Circle, Centennial, CO 80112)
When:  Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
What:  CCAI’s Adoptive Parents Council has oodles of fun games and activities planned for all our families and friends!  Come and share in the amazing CCAI community, meet the Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky CCAI staff, visit with families new and old, celebrate and have a good time!

If you come earlier in the weekend, you may even be able to catch Lily and Josh and some other CCAI staff members at some of Colorado’s many attractions!  Fancy a climb to Pikes Peak, anyone? ;)

We still need some more volunteers to help us man the carnival games and food stations.  If you are interested and willing (oh, you wonderful human being!), please send us a quick email at mail@ccaifamily.org!  Volunteers are needed for 2-hour time slots and you get a pick of plenty of different activities to help with!  Thank you so much!

China Older Orphan Hosting Program: Summer!

Back in September last year, we announced our Older Orphan Hosting Program for China with our exciting new collaboration with Project 143.

We are excited to say Project 143 has posted their new photo listings for the children in China’s orphanages who are ready to be hosted this summer!  To view the photo listings, please register at www.projectonefortythree.org/host/photo-listing-registration.

How does CCAI and Project 143′s collaboration work, exactly?

Well, in hosting a child, some families ultimately want to adopt the child they host, and find that this is a great opportunity!  If you choose to host a child through Project 143 and want to make sure that he/she becomes a permanent member of your family, then CCAI can assist you as your placing agency!

For more information on hosting an older orphan this summer, you can check out Project 143’s website at www.p143.org.   They are also on Facebook. :)

CCAI 2014 Important Dates

Get those calendars out!

Here are some important dates for CCAI: 2014 Edition :)

  • New Year’s Day 2014 – Wednesday, January 1  Offices CLOSED
  • Adopteen Midpoint: Texas – Saturday, January 18-20 
  • Chinese New Year  Friday, January 31 – Year of the Horse
  • JCCC Chinese New Year Celebration – Friday, January 31 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Spring Heritage Tour  March 21- 31
  • Adoptees Giving Back Service Trip  Spring – March 26 – April 6
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 26 – Offices CLOSED
  • June Heritage Tour  June 15 – 25
  • CCAI Carnival/Open House – Saturday, June 28
  • Adoptees Giving Back Service Trip  July 2 – 12
  • Independence Day Holiday  Friday, July 4 – Offices CLOSED
  • July Heritage Tour  July 13 – 23
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 1 – Offices CLOSED
  • CCAI Anniversary – Monday, September 15 22 years
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28 – Offices CLOSED
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Holidays – Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25 – Offices CLOSED
  •  New Year’s Day 2015 – Thursday, January 1  Offices CLOSED

 

Happy Holidays from CCAI

Merry Christmas from all of us at CCAI!

The 2013 year brought with it MANY firsts for CCAI. With our 21st Anniversary, we proudly coordinated our first-ever (and second-ever) Waiting Child Medical Needs Conference, our first-ever Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip, and our first-ever Orphan Care Fundraising Gala. We sponsored China’s first-ever Baby Safe Haven Conference and spearheaded the initiative.  We opened our incredible Post-Adoption Center and introduced new parent-tot therapy classes, hosted Adopteen’s largest Camp-Conference to date, coordinated three successful Heritage Tours, hosted an adoptee-led panel, re-introduced the CCAI Adoptive Parents Council, and raised more than $430,000 for our Children Charity Fund!  Our Co-Founder and CEO, Lily Nie, was awarded the 2013 PBS Be More Award.  We introduced our Older Orpan Hosting program.  We came together as a family to help support our dear friend, Maggie, and Baby Hope. We opened our newest branch office in Kentucky. We reached an amazing 100 Haiti adoptions…!

The list goes on and on!  Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the endless, undying support and love you send our way every day of every year. We are forever grateful and humbled and happy. Very, truly happy.

Happy Holidays, friends!

Introducing: China Hosting Program

Thousands of older orphans in China grow up without the chance for adoption and without experiencing the love and care of a family.  This sad reality must and will be changed.

Thanks to a collaborative project between CCAI and Project 143, we are thrilled to announce a life-changing program – China Orphan Hosting – which will make it possible for a number of older orphan children to spend five unforgettable weeks with wonderful host families in the USA!

By hosting an older orphan, you will fulfill your dream of impacting a child’s life and leave a permanent mark of love on a precious child.  Hosting is a great opportunity to invest your time, energy, and money in a human life, one who otherwise may never know his or her true value.

Will you join us in making a difference in an child’s life?

For more information on hosting an orphan from China for the winter of 2013, including hosting qualifications, expectations and cost, children’s photo listings, and the hosting application, please visit the website of our networking hosting agency, Project 143, at www.p143.org.

You can also find Project 143 on Facebook!