1st Annual JCCC Alumni Picnic

The 1st Annual JCCC Alumni Picnic is June 1st from 11am – 3pm at Regis University!

This exciting event is on the same day as China’s International Children’s Day and attendance is free of charge!

Bring your own picnic lunch and join us for games, children’s activities and a special end-of-the-year performance from our JCCC students!

Activities will include:

• Kite flying
• Face Painting
• Water Balloon Toss
• 3-legged races
• Sponge bucket water race
• Crafts for all ages!

Regis University’s “The Beach” is the location. Look for signs pointing you in the direction of our picnic area!

We CAN’T WAIT to catch up with all of out JCCC families and friends, young and old! Please RSVP to school@chinesechildren.org with the number of people in your party. 

There is NO Charge for this event.

Charity Update: PingDingShan Project

This past month, Jessica organized a fundraiser for PingDingShan Orphange and raised over $5000 for the children, enough to buy new cribs, bedding, toilet seats, towels, milk bottles…the list goes on and on!

The staff and children at PingDingShan were so grateful for Jessica’s amazing gifts.  Their old cribs were all falling apart and Jessica’s project couldn’t have come at a better time. 😀

Thank you, Jessica!!

JCCC End of Year Celebration

This past weekend, the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center celebrated the end of yet another successfull school year with some fun in the sun, delicious snacks, and their end-of-year performance!  This marks the conclusion of JCCC’s 16th school year!  What a treat.

JCCC has facilitated in the cultural education of thousands of students over the past 16 years and continues to think up new and fun ways to bring cultural immersion to the adoption community.  They always know how to have a good time!

Registration for the upcoming ’13 – ’14 school year is NOW OPEN so don’t miss the chance to sign up and join in on the exciting community!  Please visit https://joyouscenter.org/Registration/Default.aspx.

JCCC also offers Immersion Summer Camp Sessions throughout June and July.  Please visit https://joyouscenter.org/Registration/frm_CampList.aspx for more information!

1st Annual Never Alone Foundation Music Festival

Never Alone Foundation Music Festival

Never Alone Foundation was established in the memory of Laurel Constantinides and her three adopted daughters, Hannah, Zoe, and Lucy.

Laurel and the girls lost their lives in an accident in the Summer of 2011.  Laurel was a CCAI social worker and, apart from her family, adoption was the thing she loved most in the world.  She was especially an advocate for international adoption.  The Never Alone Foundation will be Laurel’s heartbeat in the adoption community with grants that help families with adoption-related expenses in three areas:

1)  Hannah’s Halo offers financial support for post-placement counseling.

2)  Zoe’s Rainbow grants contribute to international adoption expenses, helping families to complete their adoptions.

3)  Lucy’s Love is especially for families shouldering significant medical expenses to bring their internationally adopted child to full physical health.

The Never Alone Foundation is hosting a music festival on June 1st at the Lakewood Heritage Center. This will be a family-oriented day filled with bouncy houses, bubbles, and other activities for children, including a visit from some of our friends in the animal kingdom from the Denver Zoo!  The Never Alone Foundation wanted to reach out personally to invite CCAI families to attend in support for the Foundation in its work and in celebration of families made by heart.

Tickets are available through Never Alone website at www.laurelsmessage.org

SAVE THE DATE! CCAI Annual National Open House & Reunion


The 2013 CCAI Annual National Open House & Reunion will be held at the CCAI Headquarters in Centennial, CO on JUNE 29th, 2013!

Please mark your calendars and join us for our BIG family reunion! We have so much fun every year, seeing everyone’s beautiful families and taking in the memories. This is our most favorite event we hold and we CAN’T WAIT!

For more information, please visit our website: www.ccaifamily.org

THANK YOU!  We’ll see you soon!

Post Adoption Center Condensed Class Offering

We are happy to announce an additional offering of our Post Adoption Center class, Parenting the Hurt Child! The class will be offered as a camp/conference on June 14-15 from 9AM-4PM each day. The class will cover the same information as our 8-week course, and also offer the children’s nurture group!

We hope this shortened version is more accessible to families unable to commit to the longer 8-week program, or unable to make it to our office each week. Cost is $400 per family and the REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 3, 2013.

Please contact Heather Diaz at postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information!

Conclusion of First Post Adoption Center 8-week Course

Our Post Adoption Center wrapped up the final week of our 8 week class, Parenting the Hurt Child. It was a great success!  Some of our favorite feedback we have received about our pilot run:

“Our son is sleeping better than he has since we adopted him 3 years ago!”

“My daughter used to say, ‘I hate you,’ to me every day, several times a day.  Now she says it hardly at all.  When she gets upset, instead of yelling and screaming, she takes a deep breath and says, ‘I need to be respectful’.  It is an amazing feeling.”

“I underestimated what my kids could do and how well they can behave when they are given the tools they need.”

“We’ve already started using some of the principles we’ve learned in the parent’s and children’s classes, and averted 3 behavioral meltdowns in one day.”

“My daughter and I both loved the classes and it has truly helped us a lot at home.  We’ve had a lot of fun working together to use everything we’ve learned.”

We are thrilled about the feedback and so glad families are finding support and help through our new program!

Registration for our next 8-week session, beginning June 4th, 2013, is NOW OPEN. The deadline to register is May 27th, 2013.

Please contact Heather Diaz at postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information.

CCAI Collaborates with University of Denver’s COMM 3900

For their Winter Quarter, the University of Denver’s COMM-3900 class partnered with CCAI for their Community Engaged Research Project (CRP).  Together with Dr. Beth Suter, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, students worked with CCAI’s Director of Adoptions, Judy Winger, and Domestic Adoption Program and Parent Training Coordinator, Sheila King, to develop concise training presentations and compile valuable research-based articles.  The students did an amazing job and we were thrilled with the results!

Image Source: DU 2013 Spring Newsletter

This rewarding partnership was recently featured in DU’s Spring Newsletter.

In the words of one student: “…this is the first time I felt that all my work has had a tangible purpose. Instead of focusing my education around myself and my needs, I was motivated to learn because I knew it could benefit the families served by CCAI. Talk about heart-warming, life-affirming.”

Heart-warming, indeed!  You can read the rest of the feature at http://www.du.edu/ccesl/media/documents/newsletters/2013_pg_spring_newsletter.pdf.  You’ll find Dr. Suter’s awesome students on Page 6.

Thank you COMM-3900 for your hard work and passion!  We were honored to work with you.

Haiti & China Adoptions Update

CCAI Family and friends, please help us congratulate and celebrate TWO new families who came home from Haiti this past weekend with their beautiful children! Please also help us congratulate and celebrate the homecoming of THIRTEEN new families who came home from China last weekend with their precious bundles of joy!

Since 2010, CCAI has helped 73 children come home from Haiti and 16 just since January! Since 1992, CCAI has helped facilitate 10,510 adoptions from China and 129 children have come home since January!

Our hearts are always so very full.

Happy Monday!