ZhuMaDian LOCC Benefit Concert a Beautiful Success

CCAI would like to thank Miss Valerie Gao for her incredible and inspiring efforts to help the abandoned children living in the Chinese orphanages and her commitment to improving their living conditions by raising money for the establishing of the new Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC) in Zhumadian, Henan Province.  Her ZhuMaDian LOCC Benefit Concert was a truly beautiful afternoon of music and community.

100% the money raised through Miss Valerie Gao’s concert, a grand total of $2,800, will go towards the building of a brand new bathing room for the ZhuMaDian LOCC!

Thank you to everyone who attended this inspiring event for all of your support in furthering our endless efforts in making a difference, one child at a time.

2013 National Adopteen Camp-Conference Another Huge Success

CCAI’s teen program, Adopteen, just wrapped up their 6th annual National Adopteen Camp-Conference this past weekend, saying, “see you next year!” to 100 teens from 24 different states!

From their website (www.chinaadopteen.org):

The 2013 National Adopteen Camp-Conference came to an end this past Sunday and we had to say goodbye to 98 new friends. We’re still recovering, but haven’t been able to wipe the smiles off our faces!  This was the largest Adopteen Camp-Conference we’ve had in our 6 1/2 years of craziness and it was absolutely amazing!

Thank you to everyone for helping us make this past week so memorable. We had such a blast! Host familes, you all are our heroes. Thank you so much for actually volunteering to have a teenager (or two or three!) in your house for 5 days! You are a rare, magical bunch and we love you.

To all our camp volunteers and workshop teachers and to all our wonderful supporters who let us use their facilities throughout the week, thank you for helping us make some crazy, important memories.

Adopteen 2013 is coming to an end, but don’t wrap it up just yet! We have some very exciting announcements coming up in September that you may want to keep an ear on. Something about AdopTween and a Midpoint… 😉

So there you have it!  We can’t wait to see what Adopteen has up their sleeves next!

You can keep up with all things Adopteen by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the good ol’ fashioned website.  To join their Mailing List, simply email info@chinaadopteen.org!

Adopteen Camp-Conferences are open to all Chinese adoptees, ages 13+ and Adopteen’s Adoptees Giving Back Service Trip is open to all Chinese adoptees, ages 15+.

Post Adoption Center 8-week class series

We are happy to announce our Post Adoption Center‘s second 8-week class series offering of Parenting the Hurt Child!  Our first class will start September 3, 2013 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  All class sessions will be coordinated in tandem with our children’s nurture group!

Please join us for an incredible 8-week journey of growth and support!  This 8-week series will provide you with a lifetime’s worth of tools.  It cannot be missed!

Cost is $400 per family for the entire series.  For individual class pricing, please check the flyer.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 27, 2013.

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

Family Testimonials

“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’. This has been truly amazing.”

“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!”

“I think the way this class has helped the most is in helping me to see what my son needs the most, and helping to meet those needs. Seeing him through that lens has given me more appreciation for the fact that he doesn’t want to act that way, but he doesn’t know that he has other options. Thank you for that.”

Class Schedule

Basics of Infant and Child Attachment
September 3, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

When Attachment Goes Wrong
September 10, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Healing Attachment
September 17, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Empowering Principles
September 24, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Sensory Processing Disorder
October 1, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Correcting Principles 101
October 8, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Correcting Principles 102
October 15, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Applying Principles at Home: Family Nurture Group
October 22, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

New Chinese Language and Culture Class for Adoptees in GA

Announcing a new learning opportunity designed specifically for children adopted from China!  The Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy (ACCA) is proposing a fun and interactive way for adopted children to gain a better understanding of their cultural heritage.  Starting in August, this new class will allow participants to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture through lessons in art, music, and history, all while learning conversational Chinese.   ACCA is making this class available at all three of their locations each Saturday or Sunday afternoon (see below).

Depending upon student interest, the class fee will either be $140/semester (15+ students) or $160/semester (between 10-14 students).  The final fee structure will be communicated before classes begin in August.  Additionally, class participants will need to purchase a workbook (a one-time charge of $30) to assist in learning Chinese.  This program is open to students at all experience levels in Mandarin.  Participants must be at least 6 years of age and siblings of adopted children are also welcome!

If interested, please e-mail Christy Stasko at jcstasko@comcast.net with the location and time of class you are considering!

South Campus (Druid Hills)
Emory University
Sunday afternoon
12:30–2:20 pm or 2:30-4:20 pm

North Campus (Johns Creek)
Perimeter Church
Saturday afternoon
12:05-2:15 pm

West Campus (Marietta)
East Cobb Middle School
Sunday afternoon
1:30-3:00 pm
Thank you!

Benefit Concert for Lily Orphan Care Center

Miss Valerie Gao is the daughter of our China Department Manager, Jessie Zhang!  She is an incredible pianist and asked us if she could hold a concert to help raise money for our Zhumadian Lily Orphan Care Center in Henan Province.

If you are free on the afternoon of July 27th, please consider attending this beautiful concert to help raise money for the orphans in Zhumadian!

For ticket reservations, please email mail@ccaifamily.org! Thank you!

 

A Fantastic CCAI Annual National Open House & Reunion

CCAI hosted our 19th Annual National Open House and Reunion this past weekend thanks to the wonderful Adoptive Parents Council!  We had 600+ friends and family flood our Colorado headquarters with joyful laughter!  It was an incredibly happy day filled with glitter tattoos, carnival games, BINGO, plenty of food, and even a bucket train running around!  This is always our favorite event, getting to catch up with so many friends and see all of our beautiful families.  Thank you to everyone who came out to play!

CCAI’S PREMIER ORPHAN CARE GALA

A Night to Support Orphans and Honor CCAI
September 7, 2013
4:30pm –7:00pm
Mile High Station
2027 West Lower Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204
Tickets $65/person
(purchase by August 23rd)***

***A portion of your registration will be tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt for your records in the coming weeks.

Hors d’oeuvres by Award Winning John Holly’s Asian Bistro
Performance by Joyous Chinese Cultural Center students
Silent Auction featuring many unique items
Beverages / Cash Bar

Please join CCAI as we celebrate TWENTY-ONE YEARS of orphan care!

Since our humble beginning in September 1992, CCAI has found loving homes for over
10,700 orphans from China and Haiti.  To ensure the success of these adoptions, CCAI
continues to provide cultural education and emotional support to these adopted children
and their families as our family grows.

In addition to our adoption community, CCAI strives to improve the lives
of over 50,000 orphans who are left behind.  Many of these children will never know the
love of a forever family, but they are not forgotten.  Hundreds of children are given
medical care and hope through CCAI’s many humanitarian efforts such as Lily Orphan
Care Centers, foster care and nanny training programs, and the Baby Safe Haven initiative.

CCAI’s charity programs also support older children who will soon be facing the many
challenges that come when they must leave their orphanages. The children are provided emotional support and taught life skills that will help them make this transition successfully.  Even better, many high-school-aged students have been given opportunities for higher education through CCAI sponsorships!

The ongoing success of each of these life-changing programs is only made possible through donations and depends on your support!  The Orphan Care Gala is an amazing
opportunity for not only those who are a part of the CCAI family, but for anyone who
wants to help make a difference in the lives of children still waiting in orphanages.

The goal of this event is to raise over $30,000 for the continued support of these programs.

Please register TODAY and help us achieve this goal by purchasing your tickets and inviting others to join you!

There is also a need for sponsors and silent or live auction items (i.e. gift cards, movie
tickets, spa packages, themed gift baskets, a weekend in the mountains, an exotic cruise,
memorabilia, etc.). If you would like to give in this way please contact Event Chair Sarah Ritz at gala@ccaifamily.org.

All donations are tax deductible.

Our 21st birthday is going to be incredible.  Thank you and we’ll see you there!