Staff Spotlight: June Anniversaries

JaimeI had been working for CCAI for about a week when I first heard the Chinese Proverb about the invisible red thread:

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break.”

I remember thinking that it was a really sweet thing to say about adoption. I had no idea that 10 years later, this proverb would affect me so profoundly time and time again. What started as a nice sentiment has grown into a daily exercise in faith, hope, motivation and perseverance. In ten years, I have been blessed to witness many amazing adoption stories, but the ones that have always stood out to me are the little details that ultimately had profound reverberations. The twists and knots that may have seemed like the end of the road, that ultimately connected so perfectly, the people that needed each other the most at that time.

I’ve witnessed this thread connect people that turned grief to peace, confusion to clarity, isolation to inclusion, and a shortage of resources to an abundance of knowledge.

The miracle that is this thread is a daily reminder of the significance each one of us plays in another’s story. Making a positive difference in the world isn’t a bad way to spend your day and for that, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this organization and to our families for trusting me to care for and sometimes untangle the thread wrapped around me.

Sincerely,
Jaime Chmielewski
CCAI Georgia Director
ccaiga@ccaifamily.org


 

HANNAH-ANNIVERSARYI am so thankful to have been able to celebrate my 3rd anniversary at CCAI on June 1st!

The last 3 years, for me, have been filled with moving stories and character-building circumstances. Most importantly, I have found a continual growing conviction in my spirit that every child in this world deserves to know the love of a family.

Prior to joining CCAI, my professional, academic, and personal experiences had instilled in me a deep appreciation for world cultures and advocacy. It has been at CCAI that this appreciation has increased and developed into something much greater. Every year, I am more thoroughly convinced of the necessity for bold voices in this world to speak on behalf of children that have been overlooked and devalued. I am proud that at CCAI, we are one of these resolute voices and resilient advocates!

Thank you to my co-workers at CCAI; Your commitment is incredible! Thank you to Josh and Lily; Your determination is inspiring! Thank you to each of our CCAI families; You will never know the immense effect of your love and commitment! I am honored to be able to be a part of each of your stories.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

Hannah Curry
CCAI Travel Specialist

travel2@ccaifamily.org

World Leader In China Adoption Celebrates 21st Annual National Family Reunion In Centennial

CCAI celebrates 22 years of serving the children of the world and the more than 11,500 children already given the hope of a brighter future with their forever families.

CENTENNIAL ­– On Saturday, June 27, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Centennial Center Park, CCAI (Chinese Children Adoption International) will be hosting their 21st Annual National Family Reunion to once again bring together the amazing families of CCAI and provide the opportunity to learn more about CCAI and their incredible adoption & family support programs! Throughout the day there will be games and activities for families to participate in, as well as chances to meet with the CCAI US staff, China representatives, and orphanage staff.

CCAI has been a constant leader in international adoption since its founding in 1992. Holding true to the philosophy that adoption and orphan care extends beyond simply coming home, the National Reunion event brings hundreds of families together from all around the country and showcases the best of what CCAI has to offer to their families. Hundreds of families have come together every June to meet their BIG family and have some good old-fashioned fun! Field games, arts and crafts, traditional Chinese dance performances from the JCCC (Joyous Chinese Cultural Center), the Lion Dance Troupe from Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu, martial arts demos by the Korean Academy of Tae Kwon Do, and South Metro Fire Rescue Station 35 will also be adding to the festivities!

CCAI’s staff from the Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky offices will be on hand to answer questions and meet with families, as well as CCAI Representatives from China – the dedicated people who take families through the final stages of the adoption process and help them bridge the cultural gaps – and staff members from several orphanages in Henan province and Hubei province. CCAI Co-Founders Joshua Zhong and Lily Nie will also be in attendance!

“Our reunion is the perfect opportunity for our family to come back together and reunite with one another. We love to see how our families and children have blossomed since coming home,” says CCAI President and co-founder Joshua Zhong. “Any families who are interested in international adoption are invited to attend to gain an understanding for what adoption looks like and witness the joy each child adds to their family.”

CCAI has been the leader for China Adoption for the past 22 years, giving hope to orphaned children by helping them find their forever families in the United States (and with US citizens worldwide). To date, CCAI has placed more than 11,500 children with loving families and has since expanded into Haiti, Bulgaria, Latvia and Ukraine. In 2011, the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), China’s highest authority for international adoption, named CCAI the No. 1 agency overall among 178 agencies who place children from China.

“It’s really going to be such an exciting day getting to see all our families again, giving them the opportunity to reconnect and even see some of the staff from the US and China they haven’t seen since they went through their adoptions!” says CCAI Applications Manager Hillary Karsten. “Giving back to the adoption community has always been a very important part of CCAI. We’ll also have many booths set up for people to learn about our outreach and charity projects to see how CCAI gives back to the adoptee community and the orphans in China.”

For more information on CCAI and the 21st Annual National Family Reunion, contact Social Media Specialist, John Springli or visit https://www.ccaifamily.org/CCAINews/Reunion-Register.aspx.


 

JOHN SPRINGLI
CCAI – SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST720-484-9703
socialmedia@ccaifamily.org
6920 S. Holly Circle
Centennial, CO 80112