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A letter from Lily and Josh

The pandemic and war have dramatically slowed our adoption operations. However, it cannot stop our charity outreach to children living in orphanages or our adoptee support efforts! We have much to be thankful for!

In 2022:

  • Our Zhengzhou Lily Orphan Care Center continued full operation.
  • Our One-on-One Education and Orphan Sponsorships have continued to support and nurture children with disabilities in Jiangxi and Henan Province.
  • Our Ukraine Relief Fund has brought food, clothes, educational supplies, and medicine to children in war-torn regions of Ukraine.
  • CCAI impacted 1,050 orphans living in 22 orphanages in China, Ukraine and Colombia
  • 3,402 adoptees and parents from 41 states and five countries have accessed vital community, cultural, and emotional support through our The Park Adoption Community Center programs


These incredible accomplishments would not be possible without your support!

As you plan your end-of-year giving, we want to bring some of our most urgent needs to you for your prayerful consideration:

Charity Outreach for our Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC)

Based on the cost of care for 30 children with disabilities and 15 trained caretakers who serve the children around the clock with love and professional skills, it costs $70,000 annually to run a LOCC.


One-on-One Education for Children with Disabilities

Many orphans cannot attend regular public school due to the limitations of their physical conditions. In addition, it costs $5,000 per year to provide a full-time private tutor for each child to help them continue to achieve their highest potential. 

A student receiving one-on-one education through CCAI
Charity Outreach for Outdoor Activities for Orphans

The pandemic has asked the children to stay inside their orphanage walls for too long! Anticipating some relaxation of COVID policies in 2023, we are working with orphanages to coordinate outdoor activities for the children. For example, trips including local tours and overnight camping! It costs around $5,000 for each trip for 30 kids and 15 caretakers.

Support for CCAI In-Country Representatives

The hiatus of adoption programs due to the pandemic and war has created tremendous hardship for our local representatives in China, Ukraine, and Haiti. Therefore, many of our representatives desperately need financial support to avoid falling into poverty.

Josh and Lily with our CCAI reps in China

Support for The Park Adoption Community Center

The Park Adoption Community Center continues vital cultural education opportunities through our Joyous Chinese Cultural School and life-changing, 100% adoptee-run & adoptee-led community events through Adopteen. Furthermore, The Park will be introducing lifelong adoption support resources that help empower and nurture adopted individuals and their families to grow and thrive.

Adoptween event May 2022

As we come together and celebrate a time of Thanksgiving as a family and nation, please consider making your tax-exempt contribution. There are three ways you can give:

  • Online or by mail to CCAI: 6920 S Holly Circle, Centennial, CO 80112.

  • Do you live in Colorado? Please donate through Colorado Gives through December 6th. Every donation made through Colorado Gives is boosted by the Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar.

  • Mark you calendar and schedule your donation for GIVING TUESDAY! Every donation scheduled for November 29th will be doubled!

Above all, thank you for your trust and continued support. We offer our heartfelt love to you all!

Have a wonderful holiday!

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GiGi Pleet

Adoption Program Specialist

GiGi Pleet joined CCAI in 2014 as our China Applications Specialist. She rejoined the team in 2022 after taking a few years off to spend time with her family.  GiGi and her husband have adopted three beautiful daughters from China who are the joy and purpose of their lives.  GiGi is passionate about adoption and furthering CCAI’s mission to find loving parents and permanent homes for as many children as possible and to continue reaching out to children left behind.  When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her girls in the beautiful mountains of Colorado or on an adventure to a new, faraway place.
Joined CCAI:  Originally 2014 – 2020, rejoined 2022
Bucket List Item:  To see all Seven Wonders of the World 

Contact Information

(303) 850-9998 ext. 300

Emily Straut

The Park Administrative Assistant

Emily was adopted through CCAI in 2002!  Having always admired the ways that the organization continued to support families even after adoption, she began working at The Park last year because she wanted to be more involved in the adoption community and according to her, “It’s been a blast so far!”

Emily is majoring in environmental science at MSU Denver and hopes to help mitigate the causes and effects of climate change. In her free time, she like to practice guitar, play video games, watch movies, and spend time with her friends and family. 

Bucket List: Visit every province in China!

Contact Information

(303) 221-6688 ext. 170

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Ivy Buchanan

The Park Adoptee Program Coordinator

Ivy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Production Design for Film and Theater with a minor in Studio Art. She had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England and Florence, Italy. After graduating, while visiting an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal she had a moment of realization and knew she wanted to work in the adoption community. After some prior experience in post-adoption and nonprofit management, she came to The Park and is really enjoying focusing on and being involved with offering lifelong support for adoptees and the adoption community.

Ivy was adopted from Kazakhstan at 18-months old and is proud of her adoptee identity and her adoptive family. She is passionate about sharing the stories of the amazing people in the adoption community and helping adoptees celebrate their identities. Her lifelong best friend was adopted from China through CCAI. 

In her free time, she enjoys making art (she is working on a series of sculptural paintings of poached animal species), trying new food, catching up with friends, reading, and being with family. She loves to travel whenever possible.

Joined CCAI: 2023

Top Bucket List Items:

  • A trail ride through “Middle Earth” in New Zealand
  • Volunteering for a few weeks at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
  • Sleeping in a hammock on a beach

Contact Information

(303) 221-6688 ext. 205

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Colorado Expenses

ExpenseAmountPmt MethodPay ToDue
Application Fee$250Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIApplication submission
Child Abuse Record Search$35/FamilyCheckCO Dept of Human ServiceApplication submission
IAAME Monitoring & Oversight Fee$500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAI (Sent to IAAME)After App Approval
First Program Fee (Includes Home Study)$5,700Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIAfter App Approval
CBI/FBI Fingerprint Search$39.50 per personMoney OrderColorado Bureau of InvestigationAfter App Approval
USCIS Filing & Fingerprinting$775 plus $85/adultCheck/Money OrderUS Dept. of Homeland SecurityUpon I-800A submission
Dossier PreparationApprox. $450-$900Check/Money OrderSecretary of State(s), Chinese Consulate(s)As preparing Dossier
Second Program Fee$5,050Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIDossier Submission
CCCWA Fee$1,270Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIDossier Submission
Third Program Fee$5,500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
CCCWA Post Adoption Translation Fee$300Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Court Validation Deposit$200CheckCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Post Adoption Deposit (Refundable)$450Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Visa to enter China$140 (plus courier fee)Check/Credit CardChinese Consulate via a courier/travel agencyApproximately one month before travel to China
US Domestic & International Airfare$1,000 – $2,000 per traveler (adopted child over 2 requires full ticket)Credit CardA travel agency/airline of your choice

Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure

In China Travel & AccommodationsApprox. $4,000-$4,400 for two adultsACH WithdrawalCCAI (wired to China)Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure
Adoption Registration and Notarization$800 – $1,000CashLocal government in ChinaIn China
Orphanage Donation(Voluntary)Cash or WireOrphanageIn China
Child’s Passport$100-$150CashLocal passport agencyIn China
Food$700 – $800 per coupleCash/Credit CardHotel(s), restaurant(s)In China
Child Physical & Photo$130-$150CashClinicIn Guangzhou, China
Child U.S. Entry Visa$325Cash or CheckU.S. ConsulateIn China
Court Validation Fee$167CheckCounty CourtAfter U.S. Return
Child’s Colorado Birth Certificate$37.75CheckColorado Vital Statistics OfficeAfter U.S. Return
Lutheran Family Services$250CheckLutheran Family Services via CCAIWhen Home Study is approved by CCAI