A huge thank you to all CCAI volunteers!
Volunteers have played a crucial role in the founding, growing, and success of CCAI since 1992. Today there are thousands of volunteers across the state and in several countries that are helping CCAI materialize its mission by giving their time and talent.
On April 22, CCAI had the opportunity to honor nine CCAI Volunteer of the Year who were nominated by the entire staff of CCAI. They are Claire Deskin and Felirose Dolor who serve on the leadership team of Adopteen, Karen DePriest for her tireless fundraising effort to support Lily Orphan Care Center, Rolland Douglass and Jackson White for supporting our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, Jean Rohrbach for her support in CCAI reaccreditation effort, Moya Smith for her leadership in operating the First Hug, Sandy Schwedt for her involvement in CCAI reunion planning, and Blair Whitaker for serving on CCAI’s Executive Board.
Congratulations to all the Angel of Love award recipients!
This week on #WelcomeHomeWednesday, we introduce Jada’s new forever family! Jennifer shares with us:
“On 2/27/2017 at 9:44am local time we met our sweet Jada Wen Fan. She didn’t cry at our strange-looking faces (until bedtime that night) and we’ve had so much fun getting to know each other. Some highlights:
• Daddy made her laugh for the first time by pretending a water bottle was a rocket ship
• Facetime with big brother Joel
• Learned how to ask for and give kisses
• Formally adopted on 2/28/17!
• We often call her Fan Fan or Fanny (guessing she won’t care for that last one)”
Be sure to check out the video of Jacob and Jennifer meeting Jada for the first time and the precious moment of Jada touching her parent’s noses and grinning at them.
Help us Celebrate 25 Years! – T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all Adoptees – we need your help! CCAI is celebrating 12,000 children and 25 years which is a huge milestone for us. We want to make this year special and feature one of our very own CCAI kids artwork on the back of the shirt.
Create a design for the back of CCAI’s 25th Anniversary T-shirt. It should include no more than 3 colors and invoke the feelings of “joy” “excitement” and be celebratory in nature. Our theme is “Celebrating 12,000 Children & 25 Years” which should be incorporated into the design. Our logo will go on the front chest of shirt.
Please submit your design in a high-resolution pdf or eps format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can mail in your original drawing by May 22, 2017. The winning design will be selected by CCAI staff (or CCAI’s 25th Anniversary Committee) and posted to our social media platforms. Include with your email submission:
- Date of Birth (if under 18)
- A few sentences describing yourself and your design
Get those creative juices flowing and the opportunity to have your artwork worn by thousands for the celebration of 25 years! We can’t wait to see what you create!
Here is the winning design from our 20th Anniversary celebration.
Families were able to discover the wonders of China and learn about the history and beauty of their child’s homeland for the past week and a half. Ben’s dad shares their once of a life-time experience:
“It started out like most any other day, yet it was not an ordinary day. On this day Ben would be going back to his roots. Much like the day when we first went to China to expand our family with the addition of Ben, we would board a flight with bags in hand heading out on somewhat of an unknown experience, and yet this time it was to experience through Ben’s eyes the country he was born in, and the people whom he shares a heritage.
To say Ben was excited would be like calling the Great Wall a pile of bricks. Even though he had spent time learning about what he was going to see, it could never have had truly prepared him for what adventures and experiences he has now lived.
The Heritage Tour is an amazingly well organized and thought our experience of a life-time as well as it is a fun-packed cultural taste that you could never get any other way. Every second of every day is so well planned, not only for learning and experiencing the rich and long heritage of the Chinese people, but it also has melded in just the right amount of time for the families, if you so desire, to adventure out and enjoy on your own in a safe way. What makes all this go so seamlessly is the fact that the Heritage Tours gives you truly a local taste of each city that you are in, but having someone from that city and culture be your local guide for each new location. What this brings is a true-life experience and insight that you could never receive any other way.
China has a vast history that could of course never be completely experienced in one tour, yet the Heritage Tour has taken us on a journey of a life-time that is so deep in culture and historical experiences from the Great Wall of China, to the amazing vastness of the Terra-Cotta Warrior museum, and from the playful warmth of the mountain side Panda reserve in Chengdu, to the majestic and beauty of the mountains of the Lijiang river boat cruise.
This trip was not only a journey of a life time, it was a journey through a life time of the History of China that Ben will cherish forever.”
Here is to a successful Spring 2017 Heritage Tour! Safe travels to all the families traveling back. #TravelTuesday
Over 150 orphanage directors and adoption case managers from 43 orphanages joined the annual adoption training in Zhengzhou, China on April 11th. This is the 9th year that CCAI and Henan Provincial Civil Affairs Department have jointly hosted the adoption training to promote international adoption.
In 2008, CCAI and Henan Province entered a strategic partnership to bring permanency to orphans with special needs. As a result, almost 4,000 precious children have found their forever families and thousands of more orphans’ lives have been impacted through CCAI’s massive charity outreach. Henan has been ranked the #1 international adoption province two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
CCAI co-founders, Joshua Zhong and Lily Nie, led the training by explaining, in depth, the Hague adoption regulations and legal protection the adopted children are entitled to in the USA. The directors and managers also enjoyed the touching and inspirational testimonies by CCAI adoptive family Ron and Celease who adopted four special needs children. In addition, CCAI’s Charity Director Xia gave a lively and fun presentation about the lives of adopted children in America.
Orphanage leaders expressed their deep appreciation for such an opportunity to learn more about the life-changing significance of international adoption. Many walked away with this strong conviction: An orphanage, no matter how fancy it is, is not a home; Children belong to a loving and stable family.
We are so grateful for our wonderful partnership and look forward to next year!
Welcome Home groups 2400 & 2401!!! Eight more precious children were placed in the arms of their forever families! This sweet girl became a cherished daughter and sister on February 20, 2017. The Noble family shared with us about their journey to their daughter Miley Grace:
‘This is what love can do. The first pictures were taken the day we met her and the last one was taken just this week. She has gained 4 lbs., she is smart, spunky, sassy and absolutely adorable! She keeps me on my toes. She let me rock her to sleep for the first time ever and is starting to bond with us all. These kids come from places and situations that we can’t even imagine and it is so hard for them to trust and love. It is hard for everyone involved but it is worth it. Please continue to pray for her heart and ours.’
Welcome Home Miley! We love your sassy smile!!!
Today we wanted to share the Duncan Family’s Adoption Story. The Duncans waited 14 months from the time they submitted their Medical Conditions Checklist until the time they accepted a match with sweet Caroline – definitely a match made in heaven!
“We were pretty certain that we were a “one and done” family after bringing home our amazing Emme Kate, now age 5, in September of 2014 with the help of CCAI. Much to our surprise, that plan went way out the window with a surprising phone call in late spring 2016. That is when we saw the first picture of our newest daughter-to-be. And yesterday we celebrated 2 months since our Sweet Caroline was placed in our arms forever! Caroline was 18 months when we met her and was just the tiniest, most delicate little baby. Her reserved, introverted, and cautious personality aligned with the pictures and updates we received before traveling. We found humor in the irony that she as the exact polar opposite of her big sister who is extroverted and outgoing to a fault.
Over the last 8 weeks, we have had front row seats to Caroline’s awe inspiring transformation. The little girl that would barely crack a smile now laughs, giggles, and grins non stop. The little girl that would cry if anyone other than her mommy would look at her now waves and high fives everyone she meets! And our biggest chuckle is the little girl that loathed baths in China now squeals with delight when bath time rolls around. She is curious, smart, and a joy to watch as she engages with her new world. In addition to her personality blossoming, everyone comments on quickly she is catching up physically. Our first day together, she was drowning in 9 month sized clothing and could not walk without assistance. Just a mere 8 weeks later she has gained 2.5 lbs and grown 1.5 inches and now is a solid walker that is taking on the stairs!! And to add to her sweetness, she’s starting to get just ever the tiniest bit of squishiness.Long story short, she is everything we never knew our family was missing and our lives our greatly blessed with her in it. Thank you CCAI for connecting us with BOTH of our wonderful daughters. And to think we could have missed this if we had held tight to our “one and done” plan. Which is why our verse for this adoption is: “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21 NLT.”
Joyous Chinese Cultural Center
Location: Centennial, CO
Job Title: JCCC Director’s Assistant
Type: Full time
Start Date: Immediate
Company Information: Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) is a division of CCAI who has been working in the interest of abandoned Chinese children since 1992. More than 12,000 children have been placed through our adoption programs and tens of thousands more have been reached through the Children’s Charity Fund, providing food, clothing, medical care, education, training and foster care for those left in orphanages. Here in Colorado, our JCCC is the only school of its kind in the country ensuring that adopted Chinese children will have a link to their heritage.
Job Description: To provide administrative support to JCCC’s Director in all JCCC programs and activities. This is a job for someone who has the ability to manage a diverse variety of programs and multitask efficiently. Ability to speak Mandarin Chinese and excellent communication skills in English are a must. We are looking for someone who loves working in a fast-paced team environment and has a passion for helping and teaching children.
- B.A. in Education, Business, Chinese or equivalent
- Ability to speak Mandarin Chinese
- Understanding of Chinese culture
- Familiarity with cross-cultural adoption issues
- Microsoft Office skills
- Personal commitment to and love for children and families
- Willingness to perform tasks on a variety of levels and to be a team-player
- Strength in organizational skills as well as the ability to multi-task
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to coordinate parents, teachers, and kids
- Ability to read/write Chinese
- Ability to create new content for cultural lesson plans
- Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- Proficiency in Windows Live Movie Maker or similar programs
- Knowledge of and/or experience in grant writing
- Teach JCCC language classes, field trips and cultural programs.
- Assist the JCCC Director with JCCC Newsletters and other written materials.
- Be the JCCC Volunteer Coordinator for teens and adults volunteers.
- Assist the JCCC Director with answering phones, emails, JCCC Program Registrations, and Gift Shop sales as needed.
- Assist the JCCC Director in planning and implementing special JCCC events such as our Chinese New Year Celebration, Chinese Cultural Clubs, School Field Trips, Summer Camps, Annual Holiday Sales, Fundraising, Dragon Boat Festival Performances and other events as needed.
- Manage the JCCC/China Charm Gift Shop, from stocking through selling.
- Plan, organize, and manage promotions for JCCC programs to the community at large.
- Assist JCCC staff in maintaining the order and cleanliness of the JCCC facilities including the classrooms, bathrooms, storerooms, and commonly use areas, as needed.
- Other miscellaneous tasks as needed.
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.