Baby Safe Haven Conference A Huge Success!

A Letter from Joshua Zhong:

I am finally home and want to share with you the great success of the historical Baby Safe Haven Conference in Shijiazhuang last week!

Over 200 provincial child welfare officials and orphanage directors representing all provinces and autonomous regions in China, including Tibet, joined the two-day conference to hear about, learn, and discuss the historical, legal and social aspects of Baby Safe Haven. Legal and child welfare experts from the USA, Italy, as well as China gave in-depth and comprehensive presentation on Baby Safe Haven as a way to protect the lives of abandoned children. Shijiazhuang’s Orphanage Director also shared his journey on setting up the first experimental Baby Safe Haven in China.

Conference participants had the opportunity to ask questions, share their concerns, exchange opinions, and discuss ways of implementation and improvement. They also paid a visit to the first and only Baby Safe Haven that is being tested by Shijiazhuang Orphanage, which has received 168 babies of special needs since June 2011.

“I came to the conference with many concerns and questions. Today, I walk away with a clear historical and legal understanding and a strong sense of responsibility to start this program in our orphanage quickly,” said Beijing Orphanage Director Zhang FengLiang at the end of the conference. Most of the orphanage directors echoed his sentiments and voiced their support to build a Baby Safe Haven soon.

“Saving lives of the abandoned children is our moral responsibility,” Mr. Zhang Shifeng, the Director- General of CCCWA spoke at the conference. “Baby Safe Haven saves lives and that is what is most important.”

I want to thank you again for your generous donation which made the success of this life-saving conference possible. I can predict confidently that more Baby Safe Havens will be built very soon across China and thousands of lives will be saved as a result!

Josh

So there you have it!  We are absolutely thrilled about the positive reception and very anxious to see the Baby Safe Haven initiative succeed in orphanages throughout China.

Here are links to a short video Joshua recorded upon visiting the very first Baby Safe Haven station!

Part 1: http://db.tt/H3vjihec
Part 2: http://db.tt/wm4KCsfL 

Lily Nie Awarded with Rocky Mountain PBS 2013 Be More Award

Lily Nie with CCAI staff and board members at RMPBS NewMakers Luncheon

This past Wednesday, Rocky Mountain PBS hosted their 2013 News Makers Luncheon and Be More Award Ceremony in downtown Denver.  CCAI is so proud and honored to say that CEO & Co-Founder, Lily Nie, was one of three 2013 Be More Award recipients!

Rocky Mountain PBS President & CEO, Doug Price, presents Lily Nie with the 2013 Be More Award

PBS’s Be More Award is part of their Women and Girls Lead program.  You can read more about Women and Girls Lead from our previous post.

Lily Nie’s Thank You clip that PBS has been airing has been posted on CCAI’s Facebook page, here! Congratulations to Lily and, like her, we want to thank ALL of our amazing CCAI families for taking us along on your incredible journeys.

From L to R: RMPBS President & CEO, Doug Price; RMPBS Executive Producer, Cynthia Hessin; fellow Be More Award recipient, Kara Johnson; President & CEO of the CPB, Patricia Harrison; Lily Nie; and fellow Be More Award recipient, Ashley Riley Lopes

PAC Now Accepting Registration for Next 8-Week Session!

The PAC is now accepting registrations for their next session of post adoption classes, Parenting your Adopted Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to the Hurt Child!

The next session begins June 4th, and will meet each Tuesday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  For a full class schedule and more information, please visit the Post Adoption Center webpage, under CCAI’s Support and Resources!

We look forward to learning with you!

Here are some photos from our most recent PAC class:
Celebrating Our First Post Adoption Center Class
Post Adoption Center’s First 8-Week Course Going Great

Announcing Guangxi Heritage Tour

Dreaming about a heritage tour that is focused on your child’s birth place of Guangxi province and allows you and your child(ren) the opportunity to visit their former orphanage(s)?  This amazing opportunity is finally here!  CCAI is partnering with the Chinese central and provincial government to offer a 10-day Heritage Tour tailored just for Guangxi families! 

  • China adoptees of all ages will receive special discount of $699 for the entire in-China tour!
  • Ten days and four spectacular cities: Beijing, Nanning, Guilin and Yangshuo.
  • Climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, visit the mysterious CCCWA, travel to your child’s orphanage, interact with the orphanage staff, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine and much more!
  • Includes airfare from Beijing-Nanning and Guilin-Guangzhou, guide services, ground transportation, hotels, park and show tickets, and meals per itinerary 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.
  • Optional visits to additional cities and orphanages in other provinces 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 and take advantage of this incredible trip:

  • Chinese adopted children must travel with their own parents.
  • At least one child must be from Guangxi province.

Registration:

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.

These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives.  So please spread the word!  If you are a FCC chapter member in your area, please help us get the word out to FCC communities.  Thank you!!!

For more information and to register, please visit http://ccaifamily.org/HeritageTour/Guangxi2013-Fall.aspx!

Haiti Update

Four CCAI children came home to the U.S. last week to join their forever families! CCAI has had 10 children from Haiti come home in 2013 and 18 since Thanksgiving! Even better, there are currently 15 children’s files awaiting USCIS approval at the Embassy in Port-au-Prince! Please join us in celebrating this terrific news!

Woohoo!

Lily Nie Selected by Rocky Mountain PBS as Recipient of Women and Girls Lead’s Be More Award

Women and Girls Lead is a multi-year public media initiative by PBS to focus, educate, and connect citizens worldwide in support of the issues facing women and girls in the world.

Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an
international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

We are so proud to announce that CCAI’s CEO and Co-Founder, Lily Nie, has been selected by Rocky Mountain PBS as this years’ Women and Girls Lead’s Be More Award recipient!!  Congratulations, Lily, on an award very well-deserved!

CCAI CEO & Co-Founder, Lily Nie, being interviewed by RMPBS for the upcoming              Be More Award ceremony.

The Be More Award ceremony will be held on April 24th at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in downtown Denver from 12:00 – 1:30 pm.

Jan. – Mar. 2013 CCAI Circle Now Available

April 4, 2013

The January – March 2013 CCAI Circle Newsletter is now available online for your viewing pleasure!  Find out what big things happened with the CCAI Family in these first three months in E-Book format!

Enjoy!  We would love to know what you think about the content provided in the CCAI Circle.  Email us at mail@chinaadopteen.org or tweet us @CCAI_Family using #CCAICircle!