Waiting Child Social – Colorado Families

We are excited to invite you to a “Meet and Greet” and “Adoption Information Sharing” social, hosted by CCAI’s Adoptive Parents Council at CCAI’s Colorado office!

May 3, 2014 (Saturday) —  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CCAI Headquarters
6920 S. Holly Circle
Centennial, Colorado 80112

We are inviting ALL Colorado CCAI families to join us who have adopted, are in-process and matched with a child, are in-process and waiting to be matched, and anyone considering Waiting Child adoption!

Please come with your entire family and enjoy some snacks and conversation with our Adoptive Parents Council volunteers, CCAI’s Waiting Child and Post Adoption staff, and Co-Founders Lily and Josh!

This is a great opportunity to discuss your adoption questions and concerns with other adoptive parents and CCAI staff members.  Possible topics to include: adoption process, funding your adoption, discussing adoption with your child, being in a multi-cultural household, what outside resources are available, etc.

Kindly email apc@ccaifamily.org if you will be able to join us (and the number attending, including adults and children).  We hope to see you there!

Here’s what’s going on with CCAI! CCAI National Reunion, TBRI Classes, AdopTween

Let’s catch up…  We want you come hang out with us whenever you can; we love seeing you!  Here are some events that might help us all keep in touch. 😉

Save the Dates

May 3: CCAI Prospective Families Social — 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Hosted by CCAI’s Adoptive Parents Council, ALL CCAI families (past, present, and future) welcome!!! This event is open to the public and will be held at CCAI CO Headquarters.  Contact APC@ccaifamily.org for more information!

May 10: CCAI Florida 3rd Annual Mother & Child Teatime — Contact ccaifl@ccaifamily.org for more information!

May 18: CCAI Florida Informational Session — Bay Life Church — Contact ccaifl@ccaifamily.org for more information!

June 7 & 14:  Xpress Yourself — Group art and play therapy for adopted children, ages 7-12.  Contact postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information!

June 27 & 28: Trust-Based Relational Parenting Condensed Classes — Contact postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information!

June 28:  CCAI’s 20th Annual National Reunion! — Mark those calendars!  This will be our 20th annual national reunion and we want to see all of your beautiful faces and catch up!  Hosted by CCAI’s Adoptive Parents Council, contact APC@ccaifamily.org for more information!

We hope to see you soon! 

Joyous Chinese Cultural Center – Summer Tutoring Program!

The Joyous Chinese Cultural Center is excited to announce the launch of their Summer Tutoring Program!

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep your Chinese language skills sharp and fresh during the summer months. Tutors are able to meet you at JCCC or, many of the tutors can even meet you at home!

We are currently generating an interest list so if you or someone you know is interested in being tutored during the summer, please email the lovely JCCC Assistant Director Kali at school3@chinesechildren.org or call (303) 221-6688 ext. 201.

Join Atlanta’s Kung Fu & Lion Dance Troupe

The Atlanta Chinese Contemporary Academy wants to invite you to join their Kung Fu & Lion Dance Troupe!

If you’ve ever been to a Chinese celebration, you’ve probably seen the incredible Lion Dancers, jumping around all over the place and showing off their impressive kung fu moves.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered how to become one of those awesome Dancers.  HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! 😀

Classes are offered every Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM and the FIRST CLASS IS FREE!

Atlanta Chinese Contemporary Academy
Classes Every Sunday — 3:00 – 5:00 PM
ACCA Main Campus
7094 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.,
Building 4, Norcross, GA 30071

Email ny11558@yahoo.com or call (678) 322-8890 for more information!

This boy, Ai needs your help to find a forever family!

This precious little boy’s file is marked “Special Focus,” which means he can be matched to a family at ANY stage in the adoption process!  However, he will age out as of his 14th birthday so he needs a family who already has a dossier logged into China, families eligible for returning special focus or a family that is nearly finished with their dossier.  Please help spread the word, and let’s find this little guy a family!!

Contact:               Advocate@ccaifamily.org

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Male, DOB 8/30/2000

Post-operative congenital heart disease

Ai is a very bright and very cheerful boy.  He loves to talk, sing, and write.  He is polite to people.  Before, because of the trouble with his heart disease, his physical development in various aspects was greatly affected.  Compared with his peers, he was shorter and smaller, and his body was thin.  His activity was also limited.  Now it’s no longer the same, and since his reparative heart surgery, his body has visibly grown much taller and much chubbier.  His favorite activities are swinging, soccer, and other outdoor activities.  He loves to eat all kinds of food and is not picky.  He wakes up at 6:30 am each day and helps the nannies do some tasks within his own abilities.  He also knows to help care for the younger brothers and sisters.  He is never picky and loves to eat vegetables and wheat-based food.  He loves bananas.  Normally he loves to exercise and also likes to watch cartoons.

Ai is very well-mannered and he is very obedient.  He is a very caring child.  There are times when there are 6 or 7 people outside playing and Ai will play and go back and forth and after a few minutes, he will come out from the room with several yogurts and pass one out to each person and at that time, we know that even though Ai doesn’t like to talk, his heart is brilliant and he can share his joy which is very hard to come by.

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Parenting the Hurt Child: a TBRI® Class

With more and more children coming home to forever families, CCAI continues to provide post adoption training and support to families.  In March, we began our 8 week class addressing how to parent and support children with a history of trauma, which includes almost all children who join families after foster care or adoption.  The class so far is going wonderfully, with families enjoying learning new skills and ways to interact with their children.

The weekend of April 4 and 5, several CCAI team members took this valuable training to Wyoming, to present the training to both professionals who work with the foster care and adoption systems, and also to families who are parenting these children.  About 15 professionals and 20 parents were present for the training – a huge success!

Are you interested in attending the class?  Here are the particulars:

–        Parenting the Hurt Child is a class based on the TBRI® model developed by TCU’s Institute of Child Development.  This is a parenting style that works with biological, foster, and adopted children.

–        The class helps families deal with the difficulties of parenting children who have a difficult history, including attachment and behavioral challenges.

–        Our next opportunity for the class is a two-day camp/conference for both parents and children. Our hope is that this will enable families outside the Denver area to attend if they would like.  The class will meet June 27-28 from 9AM-4PM.  Cost is $400 per family (with an additional charge for three or more children).  Contact postadoption@ccaifamily.org to register and save a space.

This class is life changing.  If you are parenting a child and find yourself struggling with behavior challenges, missing the joy of being with your child, or wanting a deeper connection, this class is for you.  Don’t miss the opportunity to attend!

Spring 2014 Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip

Adopteen‘s Spring 2014 Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip came to an end last night as all 16 travelers flew home on that oh-so-fun 14+ hour flight, back to five different states. The trip was a HUGE success and, needless to say, the entire group grew extremely close in the 10 days they spent in China. It was definitely hard to say goodbye…

Although it was a smaller group, the 16 travelers altogether raised a incredible grand total of more than $3500 for the Nanchang Orphanage and were able to help purchase some much-needed supplies for the orphanage!  Everything from cribs to air conditioning units to food processors to DVD players… Nanchang Orphanage was thrilled!

The Spring 2014 AGBOST was such an incredible, beautiful, brave, and inspiring group of ladies (no gents this time). Nanchang Orphanage was just as wonderful and the nannies and children were all so fun — a few of the nannies even cooked for several of the travelers and challenged them to a game of badminton! 😀

The group had the opportunity to work with children as young as 2 months up to 18 years. Words cannot even come close to explaining how life-changing this trip was for all of the travelers. Thank you to everyone who donated to this life-changing trip and supported the travelers on their journey!

If you would like to look at some photos of the Spring 2014 AGBOST, you can search #AGBOST2014 on Instagram, or visit this lovely photo album.

The group was lead by Adopteen Director, Amy Zhong, and adoption therapist, Eli Harwood.  Thank you to CCAI President, Joshua Zhong, the wonderful guides, Amber, Sissi, and Evelyn, and all of the wonderful Nanchang Orphanage nannies and teachers for their mentorship and guidance!

JCCC Retirement Dance Performance Spreads Joy

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On Saturday afternoon, two dance classes from the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center went to Emeritus at Roslyn senior living community to perform for their residents. A group of the residents had bought tickets to attend the JCCC Chinese New Year Celebration back in January but were unable to make it due to the snowy weather, so we brought some of the performances to them! The Peacock Dance and the Yi Minority Dance performed for the residents. Everyone enjoyed the dances and learning about Chinese dance and culture. We received so many compliments after the performance and the dancers had a blast as well! Check out more pictures of the event on our JCCC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/joyouscenterDancing at the retirement home

Spring Heritage Tour

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We have just wrapped up our Spring 2014 Heritage Tour to China! Twenty three families took part in this incredible trip of a lifetime. During their travels, the group was able to tour such famous sites as the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, the Giant Panda Reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin. This trip was not only an opportunity for a great family vacation, but also provided the 26 adoptees involved with a chance to connect with some of the richest parts of Chinese culture. Schedules were filled with elaborate meals, tea sampling, concerts highlighting traditional music and dance, as well as, quality time for adoptees to bond and build friendships with each other.

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Families that have chosen to travel to their specific orphanages or hometowns after the main tour are now taking part in their individualized part of Heritage Tour. We believe that this time is memorable and significant for each family and we look forward to hearing all the stories and seeing pictures from those returning soon!

We still have openings for our June and July tours!  To find out more information about either of those tours, visit the main Heritage Tour portion of our website atwww.ccaifamily.org/HeritageTour!