Adopteen Summer 2017 Recap

Adopteen’s 2017 summer programming closed out last weekend when both the Adopteen Wilmington leadership team and our Zhuzhou AGBOST landed home safely.  This year was an overwhelming success, and the summer passed in a whirlwind of beautiful memories and amazing new friendships.

Adopteen Colorado Camp-Conference 2017

In June, Adopteen came back to Colorful Colorado from June 21st-25th after a gap year in 2016.  Though it was our 6th (!) conference in Colorado, it was our very first time in downtown Denver, and we had a blast!  The highlight of camp was absolutely exploring 16th Street Mall, and packing every camper into a couple cars on the train to get there.  We also visited Water World, took part in some late night team competitions, cheered on our camp leaders in an…interesting…eating competition, and took part in workshops such as Adoption 101, Dance, Self-Confidence, and so much more.  We packed our Denver schedule full to bursting, and are so grateful to every camper that stuck it out with us and enjoyed every minute.  In all, Adopteen Denver brought us 74 campers with 12 camp leaders, representing 19 different states, 20 birth provinces, and 2 birth countries.

Adopteen North Carolina Camp-Conference 2017

July brought Adopteen Wilmington, with 70 campers and 8 camp leaders, representing 23 states, 15 birth provinces, and 2 birth countries.  In Wilmington, we had the chance to visit the beach and boardwalk area, as well as to explore downtown after an amazing ghost tour.  Though it was rainy most of the time, the area decided to give us a reprieve just in time for the last day of camp – our beach day!  We had an amazing time, and cannot extend enough thanks to the fantastic team at UNC, our local volunteers, and everyone that came – it’s always hectic bringing everything that we do out of state, and our team in Wilmington knocked it out of the park!

AGBOST Yueyang 2017

Of course,we would be remiss to not mention the entire month that Amy spent in China!  2017 was the first year that we have had two summer AGBOST trips, and as ever, it was an unforgettable experience.  Both trips were in Hunan, the first at Yueyang Social Welfare Institute from 6/28 to 7/8 and the second from 7/12 to 7/22 at Zhuzhou Social Welfare Institute.  Our travelers (48 total, with 18 from Hunan!)were amazing, embracing the call to service and together this year’s AGBOST brought in over $20,000 in donations for the Yueyang and Zhuzhou orphanages, which will go towards large capital improvements for the buildings.  Our travelers in Hunan became best friends with every kid they worked with, and we couldn’t possibly be more proud of them. (Check out the end-of-the-year CCAI Circle Newletter for more photos!)

AGBOST Zhuzhou 2017

Thank you to everyone that made our Summer 2017 such a success – we really, truly, could not have done it without each and every one of you.     In all, we met 129 new friends, while 83 of you decided to join us yet again.  We hope that every single one of you will hang out with us again in 2018, when we will celebrate our TEN YEAR anniversary.  Look out for announcements on our upcoming programs in October!  We miss you all and cannot wait to do it all over again.

~ Your Adopteen Team

Thank You CCAI Volunteers!

A huge thank you to all CCAI volunteers!

Volunteers have played a crucial role in the founding, growing, and success of CCAI since 1992. Today there are thousands of volunteers across the state and in several countries that are helping CCAI materialize its mission by giving their time and talent.

On April 22, CCAI had the opportunity to honor nine CCAI Volunteer of the Year who were nominated by the entire staff of CCAI. They are Claire Deskin and Felirose Dolor who serve on the leadership team of Adopteen, Karen DePriest for her tireless fundraising effort to support Lily Orphan Care Center, Rolland Douglass and Jackson White for supporting our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, Jean Rohrbach for her support in CCAI reaccreditation effort, Moya Smith for her leadership in operating the First Hug, Sandy Schwedt for her involvement in CCAI reunion planning, and Blair Whitaker for serving on CCAI’s Executive Board.

Congratulations to all the Angel of Love award recipients!

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CCAI 2016 Year In Review

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With your support, 2016 proved to be a fantastic year for CCAI! Here are some of the most exciting highlights as we usher in the New Year:

• 467 orphans from five countries found their forever families!!!
• CCAI’s orphanage partnerships increased to 40 orphanages from four Chinese provinces
• CCAI’s charity arm, with the help of our trusting and generous donors, launched 60 projects and invested $903,000, touching the lives of 5,085 orphans
• CCAI’s Charity Team undertook 60 trips to 40 orphanages to provide child care training
• CCAI currently operates seven Lily Orphan Care Centers in China (visit www.ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Lily-OrphanCare to learn more about CCAI’s charity efforts)
• 47 older children from 9 orphanages participated in summer and winter hosting programs and had a wonderful time experiencing the love of a family
• CCAI was selected as one of four US adoption agencies to assist CCCWA in finding homes for nearly 2,000 extremely hard-to-place orphans. CCAI sent a team of ten professional photographers to China to photograph and film some of these hard-to-place orphans to help raise awareness
• 112 families (389 individuals, including 158 adoptees) participated in four China Heritage tours, including an invitation by the Chinese government to visit the Great Hall for a grand welcome ceremony
• 306 adoptees from 32 states participated in Adopteen‘s many events (Adopteen Camp-Conference and Retreats, Adoptstronauts Retreat, Adopteen and Adoptween Hangouts, and Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip – 2017 trip applications open now atwww.adopteen.org)
• Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) had a strong year with 210 students and welcomed over 2,000 K-12 students from 30 local schools to participate in 28 China Field Trips
• JCCC’s 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration had an attendance of 900+ (Tickets for 2017 CNY Celebration available now at www.joyouscenter.org)
• CCAI added a new Taiwan adoption program!

From Your Adopteen Team: Adopteen 2016 Summer Report

Adopteen’s 2016 summer schedule closed out with one last hoorah this past weekend with the 2nd Annual Adoptstronauts Weekend Retreat. This year has been an amazing journey for all involved, with exciting new developments and splendid fun had by all.

4I1A1788The summer’s first Adopteen Camp-Conference marked another important milestone – our first international conference!  From June 30-July 4, 2016, Adopteen explored the Great White North in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Though it was a smaller group at 4I1A1774just 37 campers (representing 15 states, 13 provinces and two countries ranging from age 13-21), we had all the fun of a bigger group, while also being able to take the time to bond more as a team. Campers had the chance to visit popular sites around the beautiful city of Vancouver during a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, as well as visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Workshops included History of Adoption, Self-Confidence, Dance, Friendship Bracelets, Tie Dye and Survival 101. Fantastic conversations were had, amazing milkshakes were drank, dancing and laughing happened and we’ll be missing Vancouver always.

4I1A2592As soon as we got back from Vancouver, it was time for the Summer Adoptees Giving Back–Orphanage Service Trip (AGBOST) in Anhui! This 10 day trip from July 13-23, 2016 was Adopteen’s fourth summer trip, and we brought 25 travelers along with two chaperones to volunteer for the children of Hefei City Children’s Welfare Institute.  Travelers ranged in age from 15-21 and represented 13 states and 10 provinces (with 7 coming from Anhui Province!). Before they even stepped foot in China, this group of travelers made AGBOST history with the most money ever raised for a province–over $9,000! This money was used to purchase 10 industrial washers, three widescreen televisions, and two large refrigerators. The remainder of the funds were dispersed amongst other Charity Fund 4I1A3705projects and orphanages in need. For five days–an entire work week–travelers volunteered with the children in the orphanage, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. As always, each child has made a lasting impression on all of our hearts that we will never forget. We are so thankful to the amazing staff at Hefei City Children’s Welfare Institute for their never-ending kindness and generosity.

4I1A4577Washington, D.C. and Georgetown University provided the perfect backdrop for an amazing week at the second Camp-Conference of the summer from August 37,2016.  70 campers representing 34 states, 16 provinces and 2 countries, ages 13-21 joined us for a hot, humid, spectacular time. We cruised on the Potomac to spend some valuable time with the riverside monuments, as well as visited the National Mall for a “choose your own adventure” style day with museums and sights galore. On campus, we played Adopteen’s version of Mario-Kart (balloons, all the balloons), had some friendly team competitions, 4I1A4591showed off our talents during the Adopteen Talent Show and hosted workshops including: Cooking, Ballroom Dancing, Self-Confidence, Personality Tests, Self-Defense, Tie Dye and Adoption 101!   D.C. was amazing–a very genuine and special thank you to our fantastic volunteers in the area is due. We could not possibly have done it without you!

The 2nd Annual Adoptstronauts Weekend Retreat, our final event of the summer, was a beautiful and relaxing overnight in the mountains of Colorado and a perfect cap to the season. This was a quick opportunity for our adoptee friends over the age of 18 to meet up with one another and connect for the year.  Attended by eight adoptees age 18-24 and led entirely without Adopteen staff (huge thanks to Claire Deskin and Jenny Trenchard, who coordinated the entire event!), the night was full of good food, conversation and a dash of Adopteen fun.

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Thank you again to everyone that made 2016 special for Adopteen. We made huge strides and cannot wait to get started on yet another year of life-changing programs and meaningful fun. Look out for our entire calendar of events for 2017 by the end of September, including:

  • the 2nd Annual Adopteen Fundraiser
  • Adopteen Midpoint
  • Adopteen Camp-Conferences
  • AGBOST
  • Adoptstronauts
  • 2016-2017 AdopTween!

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AdopTween Went Rollerskating!

AdopTween Denver, CO

Both AdopTween Denver, CO and AdopTween Grand Junction, CO spent their Saturday afternoons rollerskating!  It was a wonderful, happy time and we had a blast!

AdopTween Goes to Skate City

Our next AdopTween Hangout will be May 14th for both Denver and Grand Junction.  Please email adoptween@adopteen.org for more information and to sign up!

Adopteen 1st Annual Dance Marathon Fundraiser Raises Over $4,000

Adopteen Thanks Their Donors

Our young friends at Adopteen held their first-ever Adopteen Dance Marathon Fundraiser last Saturday. Why? Adopteen is starting an Adopteen Scholarship Fund to help provide financial support to adoptees who wish to attend Adopteen’s incredible programs, but are unable to afford the registration fees!  From their website:

Adopteen Leadership has committed to dancing 12 hours straight in the efforts of raising money for the Adopteen Scholarship Fund!  Since 2008, Adopteen has held 42 events nationwide for over 800 adoptees.  It has been an amazing ride so far, but we know that there are many more who have not been able to participate in our awesome events simply due to financial constraints.  We want to help with that!

In a given year, Adopteen holds 6 major events: Adopteen Midpoint Retreat, Adopteen Camp-Conferences (2), Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trips (2), and the Adoptstronauts Expedition.  Totaled together, these 6 events cost $2,800 per person.  We want to be able to provide at least two full scholarships to all of these events!

That means $5,600 a year.  So we’re dancing.  Our goal is $5,600.  If we reach it?  Amazing.  If we don’t?  We will provide as many partial scholarships as we can with the funds we raise!  This is happening, friends!  Donate and support our amazing programs!

Dance and Donate!

After dancing for 12 hours straight, the Adopteen Crew raised a Grand Total of $4,500! Although short of their goal, it was an incredible response and Adopteen will now be able to provide four partial scholarships and possibly a few smaller grants for 2016! Amazing job, Adopteen!

Adopteen will be holding this Adopteen Dance Marathon Fundraiser every February and hopes that friends and families and neighbors alike will join them in this great endeavor.

Yay, better lives!

Visit www.adopteen.org for more information about Adopteen and to donate.

 

AdopTween Cooking Class

Good1 Good2 Good3 Good4This past Saturday, the AdopTweens got a special treat – Sticky Fingers Cooking Events taught everyone how to cook!

We learned how to cook Tofu Piccata with herbed pasta bundles, and for desserts we made healthy milkshakes and orange gingerbread french toast roll-ups!

It was delicious, and we had tons of fun! We take a short break from AdopTween in January, but stay tuned when we come back in February!

For more info on Adoptween, contact Adam at adoptween@adopteen.org

First AdopTween Hangout of 2015

This past Saturday, AdopTween kicked off its 2015-2016 program It was great to see so many new friends and to be reunited with just as many old ones. Tweens and their teen mentors took a spin outside their comfort zone and had a conversation about how to deal with uncomfortable situations, while also playing amoeba soccer, twinsies badminton, and improv games. We had a blast, and can’t wait for the rest of this year’s programs, which will include learning how to cook, making our own masks, and going to the zoo!

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