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Keeping families together in Colombia

by Joshua Zhong

At CCAI, our mission is deeply rooted in the belief that every child deserves a loving home and that every family deserves support. We understand the importance of keeping biological families together whenever possible, recognizing the profound impact it can have on the lives of children and their loved ones.

Recently, we had the opportunity to contribute significantly towards renovating a family meeting room at FANA in Colombia. FANA, an organization dedicated to the welfare of children and families, identified the need for a suitable space where families could come together, connect, and receive support.

About FANA

Children from 0 months to 17 years old who live in FANA and are part of the “Restorations of Rights” program receive weekly visits from their biological families. Our efforts impacted an average of 65 kids, plus their families, employees from the psychosocial team, and caregivers.

Before our intervention, the room needed to be more conducive to fostering meaningful connections. It was dimly lit, outdated, and needed more furniture. This environment did not provide the necessary support for families during their most vulnerable moments.

With our donation, we aimed to transform this space into a haven of comfort and support. The renovated family meeting room is now a bright, well-lit, and clean environment, carefully designed to uplift the spirits of those who enter it. Equipped with comfortable furniture and engaging amenities, it serves as a welcoming space where families can come together under the support and supervision of FANA’s dedicated psychological team.

Fana family room before
Fana family room after
Benefits of having a welcoming family room

Having a nice visitor room or space where biological families can interact with their children under the Restoration of Rights program in FANA has several positive impacts:

  • Improved Family Relationships
  • Enhanced Child Well-being
  • Increased Parental Engagement
  • Support for Reintegration: For children who may eventually return to their biological families permanently, having a space where they can bond and spend quality time together is crucial for successful reintegration. It allows both children and parents to gradually adjust to being together again.
  • Positive Perception of the Program
  • Reduced Stress: Visiting children in a pleasant environment can help alleviate the stress and anxiety children and their families may experience during these visits. It can create a more relaxed atmosphere where meaningful interactions can take place.

Overall, investing in a nice visitor room or space for family interactions can have far-reaching benefits for children and families in FANA’s Restoration of the Rights program.

Together, let us build brighter futures and create a world where every child can grow up in a loving and nurturing family environment. Your donation, no matter the size, can make a meaningful difference. Join us in our mission today.

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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