Staff Spotlight: August Anniversaries

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Phyllis

This month I celebrate my first anniversary working with CCAI working with kids, culture and art!

Through a casual conversation with a Chinese Language teacher while I was substitute teaching, I was suddenly hurled into teaching calligraphy to field trip groups visiting JCCC, which eventually morphed into what my job is today. It’s crazy how fast time has flown by!

From designing a huge paper cutting in the JCCC lobby and turning hundreds of toilet paper rolls into a replica of a traditional tiled roof to teaching traditional Chinese Brush Painting and meaningful moments sharing my knowledge and experience with students and families, I’ve been grateful for the opportunities to work as a cultural educator making an impact on the community around me, sharing my love of art and Chinese culture with everyone.

CCAI and JCCC have been treasure troves of meaningful memory-making and a truly special second family. I’ve only grown more passionate about my work in the last year, and am looking forward to many more great adventures!

PHYLLIS CHEN | Director’s Assistant at JCCC

 

Adopteen 2015 Summer Recap

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Adopteen wrapped up their 2015 Summer schedule with an exciting launch party for their newest program for adult adoptees, Adoptstronauts! This summer has been one for the history books, as they say, with Adopteen hosting not one, but TWO National Adopteen Camp-Conferences in addition to their Summer Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip (AGBOST).

Attended by 100 campers, ages 13 – 21, representing 25 states, 20 provinces, and 3 countries, the 2015 Adopteen Camp-Conference in Denver, CO kicked off the Summer with a bang from June 20th – June 24th! It was a week filled to the brim with crazy games, breath-taking adventures, and inspiring conversations; featuring a big pool party, AdopTween Day, and workshops about school transitions, the history of adoption, self-confidence, wand-making, modeling and photography, cooking, make-up and hair. The campers even had a chance to visit the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater on their final night, watching Jurassic Park play against the incredible backdrop of one of Colorado’s most iconic views! Thank you Colorado Christian University for being such gracious hosts!

4I1A0904The first Adopteen Camp-Conference was followed by the 2015 Summer Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip (AGBOST) from July 8th – July 19th. This was Adopteen’s 3rd Annual Summer AGBOST, bringing 25 travelers to Luoyang to volunteer and give love to the children of Luoyang City Social Welfare Institute. The travelers, ages 16 – 21, joined the group, representing 12 different states and 7 provinces, and raised a total of over 24,000 RMB for Luoyang City Social Welfare Institute, which helped buy a brand new air conditioning unit for the facility! It was a trip of heartwarmth and heartache, laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, and unforgettable memories. The first of two this year, the trip was a beautiful two weeks with the most amazing people and we cannot wait to see what greatness will come as Adopteen prepares for the 2015 Winter AGBOST this coming December. Thank you to the incredible staff of Luoyang City SWI for their unfailing generosity and patience! And to everyone who helped guide our travelers: We are so grateful!

4I1A3318July 28th – August 1st brought Adopteen to sunny San Diego, California for the second Adopteen Camp-Conference of 2015. Joined by 70 campers, ages 13 – 23, representing 16 states, 14 provinces, and 4 countries, the 2015 Adopteen Camp-Conference in San Diego, CA made a spectacular mark in Adopteen history as the first ever 2nd National Summer Camp-Conference! 😉 The event was packed with beach, sun, food, and more beach; campers all having the chance to visit the famous San Diego Zoo, Mission Beach, and eat unlimited street tacos with a bonfire in the bay on their final night, silhouetted by the San Diego palms and a breathtaking Blue Moon. Workshops for Adopteen’s San Diego Camp-Conference included: history of adoption, photography, cooking, iPhonography, building courage, self-reflection and goal setting, hair, makeup, nails, fitness and nutrition, Zumba, and AGBOST. HUGE thank you to our amazing volunteers, drivers, and families who helped make this event possible!

4I1A4409Adopteen’s final summer event was the exciting and highly anticipated launch of their new 18+ program, Adoptstronauts, on August 15th – 16th! Attended by 20 adoptees, ages 18 – 24, the event provided a fun opportunity to say a quick “hello” and introduce the program to the world. Adopteen is extremely anxious to start providing even more opportunities for adoptees to connect and Adoptstronauts is the perfect vehicle (or rocketship) to do just that. Open to ALL adoptees, ages 18+, from any country and adoption agency, Adoptstronauts is ready to take off and explore the stars!

Adopteen is so incredibly grateful for all of their inspiring sponsors who help make Adopteen’s events possible. Please visit www.adopteen.org/Sponsors.aspx to learn more about their amazing sponsors and friends.

Check out more photos from all of Adopteen’s summer events:

2015 Adopteen Camp-Conference – Denver, CO: Part 1 —- Part 2
2015 Adopteen Camp-Conference – San Diego, CA: Part 1 —- Part 2
2015 Summer Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip
Adoptstronauts Launch Event

– Amy Zhong | Adopteen Director

#TooCuteTuesday: Help Bing find his forever family!

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Happy #TooCuteTuesday #CCAIFamily! Say hello to Bing!

Bing was hosted in the US this summer!

Bing is a smart and outgoing boy who turned 9 this month. He loves to play with toys, any and all toys! He also likes to ride bicycles, listen to stories, and watch TV, and he particularly enjoys singing. His favorite color is red, and while his favorite foods are eggplant and bananas, he is not a picky eater at all and will eat just about anything. Bing is currently in kindergarten and learning quickly – just take a look at his video! He knows many words and can count. He is in a foster home with no other children at this time, so his foster mom is really working with him. When we asked how he helps his foster mom, Bing told us he helps by carrying things for her. His special need is epilepsy and he takes medication daily, but he hasn’t had an issue for 4 years. He has great self-care skills, and tells us that being outside makes him happy. Jiang sounds like an incredibly fun little boy!

Here’s what his host family says about him: “Bing is a very affectionate kid who bonded very well to his host mother. He laughs easily and loves to help around the house. He did have trouble separating from the host mother and needed lots of reassurance if she wasn’t going to be around. He enjoyed getting lots of attention, and may need extra time and attention from an adoptive family. He was very cuddly and loving with her. He picked up a good amount English while he was here and learned many of our American customs as well.
Bing likes swimming and outdoor activities. He loves pets, especially dogs. He loves video games. And he loves to eat!”
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Bing is a Special Focus child, meaning he can be matched to a family either with or without a dossier in China and may also be accepted along with another child! Bing is diagnosed with epilepsy.

Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Bing!

Bing needs to find the love of a #ForeverFamily! Please share and advocate for this neat boy!

Visit http://ccaifamily.org/WaitingChild/Waiting-Child-Profile.aspx to see more children waiting for their forever families!
#adoption #chinaadoption #adoptionadvocacy

Recap Summer Heritage Tours, Open Registration for Spring/Summer 2016

11807690_10204764442491281_6981547028907480142_o from Cain familyWe had three remarkable heritage tours in 2015 so far with 479 travelers and we still have one more tour in the works in December (currently full)! Over 140 families traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Yangshuo for 10 incredible days while connecting with some of the richest parts of Chinese culture! They visited many famous sites including the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, a panda reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin. The trip was jam packed with wonderful Chinese cuisine, tea sampling, shows highlighting traditional music and dance, as well as, quality time for the kids to bond and build friendships with each other.

11828775_10207381266555862_5935046050053198010_nWe are thrilled to announce the 2016 Spring and Summer Heritage Tour schedule! All China adoptees of any age travel FREE for in-China tours!

Spring Schedule: March 27-April 6, 2016
Summer Schedule: June 12-June 22, 2016 & July 17-July 27, 2016

Some incredible highlights of the 2016 tours are:

• China adoptees of all ages are FREE for in-China tours!
• Ten days and five spectacular cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo.
• Visit the mystical CCCWA (formerly CCAA), climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, be awed by the Terra Cotta Soldiers, hold a giant panda, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine, and much more!
• Includes all in-China air and ground transportation, hotels, park entrance tickets, and most meals during the dates mentioned for each tour (Panda hugging in Chengdu costs extra).
• All of this for $2,199 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,699 for non-China adoptee children.
• Optional visit and tour to your child’s orphanage is available before or after the main tour (additional costs apply).

Online registration is available on our website at www.ccaifamily.org/heritagetour for all three tours!

IMG_0568These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives. So please spread the word! Over the years our Heritage Tour family has grown to include adoptive families from countries other than the USA as well – the more the merrier! If you are a FCC chapter member in your area, please help us get the word out to FCC communities.

Thank you!!!
Crystal Conley | Travel Dept. Specialist

Accounting Assistant – Centennial, CO

CCAI, a not for profit 501(C) (3) International Adoption Agency, is seeking an Accounting Assistant with a positive professional attitude, very detail oriented and great customer service skills.

The ideal candidate will either possess or be working toward an Associate Degree in accounting or with some experience and working knowledge of accrual accounting. Must have a strong aptitude for accuracy and details along with familiarity of accounting terminology and procedures. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 products with intermediate Excel skills desired. Experience with Access and Accounting software a plus.

The Accounting Assistant is responsible for coding and processing accounts payable and various check requests as needed, making electronic deposits, posting cash receipts to accounting system, processing credit card payments, ACH and wire transaction, along with assisting families in the adoption process by tracking grants and applying payments, along with other duties as assigned by the Accounting Manager.

This is a full-time salaried position with Medical, Dental and matching 401K benefits.

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Accounting Manager Nancy Byington at accounting@ccaifamily.org.

Application deadline: 9/4/2015

CCAI 2015 Midwest Reunion

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Over the weekend CCAI co-founders Joshua Zhong and Lily Nie were able to join more than 300 members of the CCAI family for the 2015 CCAI Midwest Reunion in Dublin, OH! These parents, children and other family and friends came from across 15 different states to celebrate the incredible gift of adoption, and the important impact being a family has had on all of us.

The reunion had fun planned for all ages, and thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers, led by the incomparable Georgette Poeppelmeier, the day was a huge success! There were great family games, that awesome jumping castle, face painting, funny balloon animals, delicious food and ice cream, and so many more great activities for the families to participate in.

Josh and Lily were beyond thrilled to be able to join the families and see how well all the children have grown up over the years, some having “Gotcha Days” dating back as far as 1995 while others were just a few weeks ago. Josh and Lily were so happy they were also able to say thank you to each and every parent for giving their children the loving homes they always deserved and for their continuing support for CCAI and orphaned children around the world.