IL Adoption Reform Bill HB 3079

Illinois’ current adoption laws make the already difficult and time-consuming process to adopt internationally even more so. In the majority of states, once a family’s home study is written by a licensed social worker, they are free to move on to the next step in bringing their new child home. However, in Illinois, as well as in a handful of other states, the home study must first be approved by a state agency. The difference is that in other states, the system is functional and while it does add a little time, things keep moving. This is not the case for Illinois, where approvals are done by one person, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator.  By assigning  the approval process  to a single person, the approval process takes longer and is also subject to the biases of the person holding the position. There have been many instances of families being required to provide extensive additional documentation in addition to an already positive home study. Currently, wait times for home studies to be approved are running at least five weeks in Illinois.

The citizens of Illinois have a chance to change this unnecessary and time-consuming step!  An adoption reform bill, HB 3079, is slated to be heard by the House Committee on Adoption on Thursday, March 26. An amendment (choose the link to amendment 001 at the top of the link to the full text of the bill) has been added to remove the position of the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator as well as the need for home studies to be approved by the state.  If this is passed, IL families with approved home studies written by licensed social workers could move immediately to submitting the I-800A!

In order for the committee to approve the bill to be submitted to the IL House, WE need to let them know that we support this bill. Please call or write you Adoption Committee members before Thursday to voice your opinion and do your part to help children join their families sooner.

Adoption Committee members:  http://ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=1590&GA=99

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Thank you to Elizabeth Curry for writing this article and spreading the word. Please visit http://www.ordinary-time.blogspot.com/ to read more about the issue.

Another Summer Hosting Opportunity!

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Jin is a quiet little guy who is 9 years old and will turn 10 this summer. How wonderful that you could be with him to celebrate his birthday! He is in 2nd grade. He really likes to jump rope, likes the movie Transformers and watching the Ultraman cartoon and playing with remote control airplanes. He likes dogs and is fine with other children in the host family. Additional photos are available in our photolisting.

Signup for Summer Hosting continues. Would your family consider sharing your home and love by hosting an orphaned child from China?

Register to see all the available children here: www.ccaifamily.org/Hosting/Host-Register.aspx

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Kun is a special boy with a great smile! He is well-behaved and gets along well with others. He is in first grade at a deaf school and showed us that he can add and subtract numbers up to 20. Additional photos and video are available in our photolisting. Signup for summer hosting continues. Would your family consider sharing your home and love by hosting an orphaned child from China? Register to see all the available children here: www.ccaifamily.org/Hosting/Host-Register.aspxc77

A Family Forever Changed by Hosting …

As we continue looking for families that might be interested in hosting a Chinese orphan this summer, we want to share with you how the hosting program has forever changed the lives of one of our families and a 6-year-old orphan-no-more!

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Last summer, the White Family decided to open their hearts and home to an adorable 6-year-old boy. During hosting, they realized he was meant to be their son!

When their hosting time was up, they had to temporarily say goodbye, but knew that they would see this dear little boy again very soon, in China. They immediately rushed to complete their dossier and, this past week… the White Family reunited with their little boy!!

From Mom:

“We have been home a little less than a week with our new son that we hosted last summer. He is doing amazing. We took our entire family to China this trip to get our new son. We felt since we had all met him and loved him that it would be wonderful for us all to be there on Gotcha Day. It was such a blessing!!! Thank you so much for the time you put into helping these children.”

The White Family has graciously shared pictures from their heartwarming reunion and adoption day! Are they not the most beautiful pictures??

Having placed over 11,000 children in our short history, we never tire of seeing this absolutely incredible moment captured in photos. Thank you to the White Family for sharing a little piece of their story with us! We are over the moon with excitement for your new family! <3

Please contact us at hosting@ccaifamily.org if you feel the call to host an orphan this summer.

CCAI Staff: Sheri Celebrates 1000th Group!

Here at CCAI, we like to celebrate as many milestones as we can — both personal and communal!  Today, on this beautiful First Day of Spring, our Travel Department Manager, Sheri, has officially worked with 1000 groups (3000+ families!)!!!

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Our Colorado office celebrated with a delicious red velvet cake and Sheri wanted to say a quick thank you to all of the amazing, loving, beautiful families who she has had the honor of serving in her journey with CCAI!

 

Summer Hosting Opportunity

Fen is 10 years old, knows Pinyin, can count from 1-100 and likes to draw and fold papers. He says his friends would describe him as FUNNY. Additional photos and video are available in our photolisting. Signup for summer hosting continues. Would your family consider sharing your home and love by hosting an orphaned child from China? Register to see all the available children here: www.ccaifamily.org/Hosting/Host-Register.aspxc5

Around Your Community: Georgia Tech China Care Club

We hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful weather! It’s finally Spring!  Friends and Families living in the Greater Atlanta Area, you might be interested in checking out this program!

GT China Care ClubGeorgia Tech’s China Care Club has been in full swing and many of our local families have participated in their great playgroups.  China Care Club gives young adoptees an opportunity to learn about Chinese Culture and play some fun games with Georgia Tech’s students who are passionate about China!  Some students are adoptees themselves!

China Care’s next playgroup will be coming up in a little over a week. In celebration of the great weather, they will be having a scavenger hunt around campus, followed by various outdoor crafts which include making wind socks and decorating a banner for their upcoming Charity Dinner. It’s going to be TONS of fun!

Date: Sunday, March 29th
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Location: Tech Green
Parking: You can park around the Student Center

If you are interested in attending the playgroup, they ask that you RSVP by filling out this quick form:

http://goo.gl/forms/bq0VjGYI31

You can also contact China Care Club’s club president, Yan Zheng:

Yan Zheng
Industrial Engineering Major
Georgia Institute of Technology
Phone: 706.877.3117
Email: yzheng88@gatech.edu

Learn more about Georgia Tech’s China Care Club at http://chinacare.gatech.edu/

Lily Orphan Care Centers

The Charity team has been hard at work in Zhengzhou preparing to open the third room of the Zhengzhou Lily Orphan Care Center. Through the blessings of very generous donors, ten precious babies with medical needs will be welcomed into this room this month and provided with tender loving care.

The Charity team is also helping to establish a new Lily Orphan Care Center at the AnYang Social Welfare Institute thanks to the sponsorship of Mary Swanson and other CCAI donors.  The staff at the Zhengzhou LOCC has provided training to the new AnYang nannies and CCAI will send the Charity team to oversee the opening this spring.

As a charity, our goal is to reach out to the children still waiting in orphanages and we know this work would not be possible without your support.  For more information about these projects and other opportunities to partner with us please visit http://ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Default.aspx.

 

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Spring 2015 Adoptee Panel

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This past weekend, we hosted a quick Adoptee Panel to help promote our amazing bi-annual Adoptee Panel opportunities!  Every Spring and Fall, CCAI invites anyone and everyone interested in a conversation about adoption and the adoptee experience to join our wonderful young adult adoptee panelists for an afternoon of productive conversation.

A HUGE thank you to our panelists; Elle-Han, Claire, Jenny, Perri, Jade, Taylor, and Ari for graciously volunteering their Pi Day to share their opinions!

If you missed our Spring Adoptee Panel this weekend, please feel free to view the livestream recording on our CCAI Livestream Channel!  The video will be available for the next month.

A higher-quality recording of the panel will be made available for viewing in April.

Our Fall Adoptee Panel will take place on September 19, 2015.  We’ll have a new room and a much deeper conversation.  Be sure you don’t miss out!

The Adoptee Panels are free events put on in collaboration between CCAI’s Joyous Center/Post Adoption Center and Adopteen to help raise awareness of such fantastic programs such as those run by Adopteen.

Please consider donating to Adopteen if you would like to see more events and opportunities like our Adoptee Panels!  Simply visit www.adopteen.org/donate.aspx.

Summer Hosting

We are proud to announce that CCAI’s 2015 Summer China Hosting Program is now open!  Please consider this truly remarkable way to make a difference in an orphan’s life for 4 to 5 weeks this summer.

Families choose to host for a variety of reasons.  Some families ultimately want to adopt the child they host; other families host a child to advocate for them. Whatever your reason is for hosting, please know that you are impacting the life of a child in more ways than you will ever know!  As the result of hosting, 75% of older children that were hosted through CCAI’s China Hosting Program over the past year have found their forever families.  These children may never have been adopted or even had the opportunity to be adopted if it were not for the hosting program.

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Families choose to host for a variety of reasons.  Some families ultimately want to adopt the child they host; other families host a child to advocate for them. Whatever your reason is for hosting, please know that you are impacting the life of a child in more ways than you will ever know!  As the result of hosting, 75% of older children that were hosted through CCAI’s China Hosting Program over the past year have found their forever families.  These children may never have been adopted or even had the opportunity to be adopted if it were not for the hosting program.

The Summer 2015 Photo Listing is available. Register now to see the photo listing of orphans who are participating in this program: https://www.ccaifamily.org/Hosting/Host-Register.aspx.  Registration is free. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link and a password to view the private photo listing.  If you have questions, see a child you are interested in hosting this summer ,or if you are interested in being a back-up host family (we always need back-up families), please contact the China Hosting Program Coordinator at hosting@ccaifamily.org or the Hosting Program Liaison at hosting2@ccaifamily.org.  Many of the children will be placed on hold VERY QUICKLY!

All of the children who are being hosted through CCAI’s China Hosting Program are also available for adoption, so if you do have the option to adopt the child that you host. If you live in Colorado, Kentucky, Georgia, or Florida then we can even assist you with your home safety check, which is a part of the hosting process.

For those that can’t host but would love to help in some way, consider making a tax-deductible donation to provide a scholarship for a child to be hosted this summer!

For more information on hosting a child from China this summer, please visit our website at www.ccaifamily.org.Host Web 3

 

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