FEATURED FAMILY: Luke’s Christmas Suit

Luke (15) has been asking us for a suit since we adopted him 16 months ago. It’s been his heart’s desire. He wears dress shirts, bow ties, and all manner of fancy clothes all of his own accord. His daddy in contrast, wears mostly jeans, even to church, just like all the other men in Colorado. It’s a casual kinda town we live in.

Here’s the thing. Suits are pricey, and Luke’s extremely tiny, unlike even an average 10 year old, it’s surprising how small his waist and arms are. …Getting him a suit is a whole ‘thing’ and we are growing him. Plus, he’s in 6th grade, where is he going to wear this suit? We’ve been gently dragging our feet on the whole suit thing, but have heard about how happy it would make Luke – heard about it A LOT.

So, this Christmas we searched and searched and found one at a phenomenal price, Rodger’s mom altered it with the skill of an experienced tailor and one of Luke’s biggest wishes came true.

It was the last Christmas present he opened. I wish I could describe the, “Yes!” and the down pumping of his fist with joy well enough. Imagine the reaction of a player making the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl.

He came to both Rodger and I that night separately and said both times, “I appreciate the suit. I know other kids don’t like wearing suits, but I do. I don’t know why. I’ve always wanted one, even in the orphanage.” If you know Luke, saying this many words in one sitting is more precious to us than anything.

Christmas is all about Jesus. Giving a child who had almost nothing just a little over a year ago his heart’s desire – that’s ALL to God’s glory. I can’t think of a much better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Adoption – you slay my heart over and over with your precious, excruciating, love for these boys I would never thought I could have.

  • By AMY SCRIVEN (Luke’s Mom)

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Hang

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Hang is such a sweet, helpful and well behaved 10-year-old boy. But he doesn’t have much time left with CCAI. In just about 3 weeks, since he has yet to find his forever family, his file will have to be returned to China and his chances of ever being placed in a loving home will greatly diminish.

Hang participated in our Summer 2015 Hosting Program and his family says he was happy to help clean, cook and wash dishes. As host time continued, he learned to enjoy himself and would spend hours playing basketball, riding his bike outside and building with legos, playing with play-dough and drawing on a magna doodle! He was very curious about his surroundings and liked to check everything out. He was very respectful of the his host family’s home and host siblings.

“If he needed to be corrected, he would try and do better and wanted to show that he was making the right choices,” says his host family.

He enjoyed participating in new activities and during hosting he visited a water park, zoo, aquarium and playgrounds. Large crowds and noises did not bother him. He can communicate verbally very well, but he cannot read or write yet.

Dang Zi Hang 7.21.14 (5)“He was anxious to learn and learned to write several English letters while visiting as well as learning to count in English and use several English phrases. By the end of hosting, he communicated many of his needs in English.”

He will thrive in a family who has the time to help him catch up with social skills and education. A family will earn extra points with him if they love to cuddle! His special needs were a non-issue during hosting. He happily took his medications for Epilepsy and did not show any seizure activity. He also visited the eye doctor and needed glasses because he is slightly near sighted. He was very cooperative at the dentist and eye doctor. Wonderful boy who still has a lot of “little boy” in him!

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting HANG, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HANG FROM SUMMER HOSTING”

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Min

It’s Too Cute Tuesday! We’d like to introduce Min – He is 1 year old and ready to go home to his forever family!

Min is an introverted anMin Web Larged quiet little guy. He does babble to himself, but doesn’t try to imitate sounds quite yet. When he is happy or trying to get the nannies’ attention he will make little “en en” sounds. He loves playing with toys, both on his own or with his foster family, and smiles and giggles when being teased or tickled. Min does have trouble hearing, but as long as you speak loud enough he will turn his head when he hears his name. He reacts when adults speak to him and is able to differentiate between his nannies and unfamiliar people. He loves to be outside and is very curious about the world around him.

Min is a Special Focus child, meaning he can be matched to a family either witZheng Min Zi 10.9 (2)h or without a dossier in China and may also be accepted along with another child! He is diagnosed with Brain Damage, Microtia, and a Facial Malformation. Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Min!

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