Georgia Chinese Church Offers Free Language and Cultural Class

The Atlanta Chinese Christian Church Northwest (ACCCNW) will be hosting Chinese Language and Culture (中文及文化班) classes for beginners as a community service. Sessions will be held weekly starting September 25, 2012 on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.

Classes are ”FREE” and open to those interested in learning everyday Chinese language skills, Chinese culture, and Chinese traditions. This class may be for you if you would like to do business or missionary work related to Chinese-speaking people, your family has children adopted from China, or you just have a general interest in Chinese culture.

No prior knowledge regarding Chinese language is necessary.

For registration please contact:

Address: 1837 Bill Murdock Rd. Marietta,GA 30062
Phone: (770) 971-1837
Email: chineseculture@acccnw.org
Web site: www.acccnw.org

CCAI Hosts the Annual Orphanage Directors Training

Xia shares life-changing stories with the directors

Those of us who have been involved deeply in helping abandoned Chinese children know this: the heart and knowledge of an orphanage director decides the life and death of children under his or her care.  Those who are responsible, compassionate, and knowledgeable can save lives by holding their caretakers accountable, creating a better living environment for the orphans, offering timely medical treatment to the sick, providing meaningful education to the children, and doing their best to find permanent home for as many of their children as possible.  Leadership training changes lives.

 

The orphanage directors and staff gather for training

Since 2008, when the Henan Partnership launched, CCAI has been investing heavily on leadership and caretaker training.  Our in-China Charity Team has logged thousands of miles and hours to bring the child-center care skill and knowledge to hundreds of caretakers in 20 orphanages.  Each year, we invite orphanage directors and their leadership team for a management training to exchange information, to share ideas and to learn ways to improve the lives of orphans under their care.

 

On August 22-24, government officials, orphanages directors, and an adoption staff of over 100 strong met at Nanyang for the fifth leadership training and retreat.  Once again it was a huge success!

Parent Orientation for New Students

Parents of new students of the 2012-2013 school year joined an orientation on Saturday (8/25) to learn more about the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center.  They met with their children’s teachers, visited classrooms, and had the opportunity to ask questions.  The parents were very impressed by the mission, the fun courses, and the quality of teachers at JCCC.  “We are so lucky that JCCC is here to support our children!”  a mom shared with us.

Established in 1996, JCCC has been playing a very important role in providing systematic and fun Chinese cultural education as well as emotional support to not only adopted children, but their siblings and their parents as well through the speaking and writing of Chinese, Chinese cooking, Chinese dances, Chinese art, and Chinese games.  For more information on JCCC’s on-site education as well as its long distance learning program, please visit www.joyouscenter.org or call us at 303-221-6688 ext 202.

CCAI Welcomes Its Team Members from Haiti

CCAI Haiti Adoption Team

Lovelie has been a key part of the CCAI Haiti adoption program.  She is responsible for gathering and verifying background information of the orphanage’s children, working with our in-Haiti attorney, serving visiting, adoptive families, and communicating with the U.S. Consulate in regards to immigration matters.  This week we have the privilege to welcome Lovelie and her husband Vladimir to CCAI headquarters in Denver and thank her again for her wonderful work on behalf of Haitian orphans.

JCCC Teachers Training – Getting Ready for a New School Year

Providing valuable and enjoyable cultural teaching to adopted children is the mission of our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC, www.joyouscenter.org).  Every year, the JCCC organizes several training sessions to help our teachers improve their skills and knowledge in order to better fulfill the JCCC mission.  On August 18, 2012, in order to get ready for the opening of the 2012-2013 school year,  JCCC invited the preschool director and kindergarten teacher from Mark Hopkins Elementary to JCCC’s teachers training.  They shared their years of teaching experience on classroom management and skills to breach cultural differences for better academic achievement.   In the afternoon, Ms. Gwen, one of our own outstanding language teachers offered an online training course. Our teachers have all enjoyed the training greatly and feel encouraged and well prepared for another exciting school year.

A Rare Taste of Burgers

Through a generous donation from an anonymous donor of CCAI, 50 toddlers and older children from a Zhengzhou Orphanage had a rare opportunity to enjoy some traditional American food.  For almost every one of them, this was the first time they had gotten a taste of the huge burgers and fried chicken that they have seen so often on television.  From the pictures you can tell how much they love the “strange” food 🙂

 

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The CCAI donor paid for the rental of buses, drivers, and accompanying staff.  Our huge thanks goes to all loving CCAI donors who believe in our mission and help us touch the lives of orphans every day. For ways on how you can be a part of our charity effort, please visit Orphan Outreach at www.ccaifamily.org

U.S Department of State Official Pays a Visit to CCAI

Accompanied by Cheryl and Molly from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Adoption Officer Ellen Eiseman from the U.S. Department of State paid a special visit to the “famous CCAI” today (8/15/2012).  CCAI co-founders Lily and josh warmly welcomed our distinguished visitors and gave them a personal tour of CCAI adoption facility and cultural center.

During the meeting afterward, Ellen shared with us, “I am very much impressed by CCAI’s operation!  Obviously you are doing a wonderful job serving children and families.”

2012 Winter Heritage Tour Registration Begins!

Winter Heritage Tour Registration Begins

Celebrate Holidays in China!

December 23, 2012 – January 2, 2013 

Go to www.ccaifamily.org/heritagetour to register today!

  • China adoptees of all ages are FREE! (Please see note below)
  • Ten days and four spectacular cities: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Guilin.
  • Visit the mystical CCCWA (formerly CCAA), climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, be awed by the Terra Cotta Soldiers, hold a giant panda, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine, and much more!
  • Includes all in-China air and ground transportation, hotels, park and show tickets, and most meals during the dates listed above.
  • All of this for $1,899 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,399 for non-China adoptee children. (Panda hugging costs extra)
  • Optional visit and tour to your child’s orphanage is available after the main tour (additional costs apply).

We’d Love Your Family To Take Advantage Of This Incredible Deal Made Possible By A Special Heritage Tour Grant From The Chinese Ministry Of Civil Affairs!

Note:   In order to benefit from the free Chinese adoptee in-China tour packet:
  • Chinese adopted children must travel with their own parents.
  • Each adoptive couple (both traveling) can bring up to three Chinese adoptees
  • Each single parent can bring up to two Chinese adoptees
Each family will need to provide the following information upon registration:
  • Full name and number on current/valid passport for each traveler**
  • Adoptee’s Chinese name, orphanage and province
  • Adoption agency name and adoption date
**If you need to renew your passport, or obtain a new passport, you can send in this information at a later date.

 

Please contact us at travel3@chinesechildren.org  or travel@chinesechildren.org, travel2@chinesechildren.org with any questions.

 

 

Ice Cream Social

            This last Saturday, CCAI hosted an ice cream social for Colorado Waiting Child families, and it was a blast!  We were pleasantly surprised to have almost 200 people show up to support the community.  The day was filled with the joyful shouts of children and the warm conversation between families from every stage of the adoption process.

With experience comes knowledge, and the families that showed up couldn’t have been a better resource for our families in the early stages of the process such as waiting to travel, or waiting to be matched.  Looking around, you could see the common ground that all of our families share, and it was a pleasant scene composed of healthy children and caring parents.

The main goal of this event was to help families network and to get feedback about the WCP.  We received a great amount of feedback on areas that we can improve on as well as more community outreach that families would like to see.  We are so grateful that we had many people step forward and volunteer to organize future gatherings such as social events, play dates and support groups.  It is very touching to see so many people open up with their experience and be willing to help others.  We know it can be tough during the waiting periods, the traveling time, and when you first bring the child back home, but we are so amazed by how many seasoned families put themselves out there to help other families get through these stages.

As the day came to a close and the ice cream was rapidly disappearing, it was obvious to see that the CCAI families are some of the most kind-hearted in the world.  Another CCAI event has been successfully marked in the books, and we couldn’t have been happier with the result.  We will be sure to host more events like these in the future, and we thank every one of you who attended.

“Calling all children for a picture!”

If you live in the Colorado area and are interested in joining or volunteering to lead a local group, please send an email to Tony at china3@chinesechildren.org, with your name, location and information about your child(ren) including age, gender and special need.

Winter Heritage Tour Scheduled

Once again, the China Center for Children Welfare & Adoption (CCCWA) and CCAI are teaming up to offer a ten-day Winter Heritage Tour from December 23, 2012 – January 2, 2013.  This tour is FREE for children adopted from China.  For more information on how your family can join this exciting tour and celebrate Christmas and the New Year holiday in China, please visit our website at  http://www.ccaifamily.org/HeritageTour/Default.aspx or call us at 303-850-9998.

Cooking class, one of the many activities offered on the tour