China’s orphan care is coming to a new stage with the government’s call to build a Social Worker System. On February 24th, CCAI Director of Adoption Judy Winger and social worker Moya Smith flew to Wuxi, China to provide a five-day training to orphanage social workers from orphanages across China. From child care history theories, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, foster care family management, to team building and field experiment, Judy and Moya spent hours teaching, engaging, and challenging social workers on how to build a child-centered system and environment.
CCAI co-sponsored the social worker training financially, a charitable investment that will no doubt impact many orphans’ lives!
This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund increases the value of every dollar donated proportionally. This means, when youdonate to CCAI through Colorado Gives, your money will go even further! Even better, you can still specify where you would like your gift to go, such as toward a favorite program like JCCS or Adopteen, or 100% to our charity efforts around the world!
Our 2018 CCAI Circle Newsletter is finally out! Read about all that 2018 brought us and learn about some exciting new happenings that 2019 has in store for our community! China’s changing policies, CCAI’s Eastern Europe and Taiwan program updates, amazing family stories, MyTaproot birth family search, our new The Park Adoption Community Center — It’s all here!
Dr. Suter’s 10:00 Senior Communications elective course at the University of Denver has partnered with CCAI for their community collaboration projects for several years now and it is always a fantastic experience. This year, the students worked with CCAI’s Waiting Child, Dossier, The Park Adoption Community Center, and Joyous Chinese Cultural School teams to provide vital support in their programming! From classroom painting to developing waiting child profiles, the DU seniors were invaluable to CCAI’s daily work to fulfill our mission. We cannot wait for more future collaborations!
Thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Suter and our fantastic volunteers for their partnership and support!
On October 11, 2018, the entire CCAI Colorado office attended a half-day training to help better understand how to provide trauma-informed care for our families, our children, and ourselves! The event was presented by Dr. Gizane Indart , Executive Director of Denver Child Advocacy Center (DCAC), and Jessica Gershwin, LCSW, Med., a bilingual child & family therapist at DCAC. Dr. Gizane Indart is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s and is a ChildTrauma fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry. Jessica is also a registered yoga teacher for children and adults, and she regularly incorporates mindfulness, breath-work, and movement in her therapy with clients.
CCAI staff enjoyed spending the morning learning more about trauma, resiliency, mindfulness, and self-care strategies. Through learning how to better support ourselves, we hope to continue to provide the best and most meaningful service and support for our families and children.
Kindly organized by Linda, Kevin, and their wonderful daughters Jasmine and Jenna, over 80 CCAI kids and parents gathered for a fun (and delicious!) brunch in Washington, D.C. on September 30th to meet CCAI President Joshua! Joshua found time from his speaking engagement at the United Chinese American Conference to spend brunch with CCAI families and to hug as many kids as possible. Joshua was so touched by everyone’s praises of CCAI’s service and had such a blast getting to know the energetic, joyful and amazing children. What a beautiful world! Thank you for such a wonderful event!
CCAI Co-founder & President Joshua Zhong was invited as a panelist to speak at the 2018 Chinese American Convention held at Washington, D.C. on September 27-29. Joshua spoke on the History of China’s International Adoption: Past, Present, and Future.
Joshua was delighted to meet with some CCAI families and children at the convention and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the East Coast community of adoptees and adoptive families – a pleasant rarity!
If you’ve been wondering what our youth programs have been up to this summer, boy are we glad you asked! Check out Adopteen’s August newsletter for some awesome photos and event recaps of their Camp-Conferences and service trips back to China!
Last Thursday, a group of 30 undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Family Studies Department paid CCAI Headquarters a visit! The group (dressed in their best!) took a tour of CCAI and spent the afternoon learning about internship opportunities at CCAI as well as career opportunities in the field of adoption. CCAI Director of Adoptions, Judy Winger, and CCAI’s Domestic Program Coordinator, Sheila King, hosted the fantastic group and provided more information about adoption than their hearts could handle in hopes that these students will consider a career in adoption in the future!
On Tuesday April 10, 2018, CCAI Texas local families were invited by the Houston China Consulate to attend the performance With Love From China, featuring the Beijing Inner Voice Art Troupe Co. Ltd. Performers consisted mainly of youth with a range of different disabilities. Eleven families joined in the heartwarming and inspiring evening that ended with a special appearance by our Consul General of China Ambassador Li greeting the families and sharing his joy in visiting the children adopted from China that were present for the event! It was a fantastic evening!