Young Adult Adoptee Panels

By popular demand, and in collaboration with the Adoptive Parents Council, CCAI’s teen branch, Adopteen, is thrilled to announce:

Young Adult Adoptee Panels
CCAI Headquarters
Saturday, October 19th
Morning – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Afternoon – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Suggested donation: $20 per individual or $35 per couple

ALL proceeds will go towards supporting Adopteen’s various programs!

An amazing panel of young adult Chinese adoptees, ages 16-23, are eager to hear your questions and to provide you with some very helpful insight into their thoughts and experiences as adoptees!  This is an invaluable opportunity to help bridge the gap of communication that so often plagues parent-child relationships, not just regarding questions on adoption but also in preparation for your child’s formative teen years as you support them and help them grow into young adulthood.

ALL are welcome!  It will be an amazing conversation.

To RSVP, please email amy@chinaadopteen.org with your name, # of attendees, and which time slot you will be attending. Or simply show up! 🙂

Donations (in cash or check) will be collected upon arrival.

We hope you will join us for this exciting event!

For more information about Adopteen, please visitwww.chinaadopteen.org or check out their Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/ilikeadopteen!

2013 National Adopteen Camp-Conference Another Huge Success

CCAI’s teen program, Adopteen, just wrapped up their 6th annual National Adopteen Camp-Conference this past weekend, saying, “see you next year!” to 100 teens from 24 different states!

From their website (www.chinaadopteen.org):

The 2013 National Adopteen Camp-Conference came to an end this past Sunday and we had to say goodbye to 98 new friends. We’re still recovering, but haven’t been able to wipe the smiles off our faces!  This was the largest Adopteen Camp-Conference we’ve had in our 6 1/2 years of craziness and it was absolutely amazing!

Thank you to everyone for helping us make this past week so memorable. We had such a blast! Host familes, you all are our heroes. Thank you so much for actually volunteering to have a teenager (or two or three!) in your house for 5 days! You are a rare, magical bunch and we love you.

To all our camp volunteers and workshop teachers and to all our wonderful supporters who let us use their facilities throughout the week, thank you for helping us make some crazy, important memories.

Adopteen 2013 is coming to an end, but don’t wrap it up just yet! We have some very exciting announcements coming up in September that you may want to keep an ear on. Something about AdopTween and a Midpoint… 😉

So there you have it!  We can’t wait to see what Adopteen has up their sleeves next!

You can keep up with all things Adopteen by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the good ol’ fashioned website.  To join their Mailing List, simply email info@chinaadopteen.org!

Adopteen Camp-Conferences are open to all Chinese adoptees, ages 13+ and Adopteen’s Adoptees Giving Back Service Trip is open to all Chinese adoptees, ages 15+.

Adopteen 2012 Atlanta, GA was a huge success!

It’s been a week since Adopteen 2012 in Atlanta, GA ended with unwanted goodbyes and confused parents wondering what we had done to their kids.  We of the sleep-deprived, rug-burned & bruised community salute the parents and want to thank you, the teens, from the bottom of our exceptionally gigantic hearts for deciding that we were worth your while!  We know how painful it is to take time away from what little we have of our precious summer vacations and we are honored to have been a part of yours.

Adopteen 2012 was an experience of a lifetime and we owe it all to the 74 of you who came out to hang out.  You all made the 5th Annual Adopteen Camp-Conference the largest one yet, coming from 17 different states, and, thanks to several Facebook frequenters, we now have 2000+ photos proving that it all actually happened! If you don’t have a Facebook, don’t worry!  Here’s a link to hundreds more pictures from Adopteen 2012!

For those of you who weren’t fortunate enough to spend some quality time with us, here’s a quick run through.  In four days, we managed to fit in a ridiculous amount of fun at Dave & Buster’s, Six Flags White Water, Stone Mountain Park, and an overnight stay at the Georgia Aquarium.  Seriously, guys.  We slept at the aquarium!! We were nerding out. We also celebrated 9 birthdays with two large cakes (mmm, cake) and a fun night of crazy games (parents, you would shake your heads), henna tattoos, dance, food, and even a photobooth!  We don’t want to brag, but we’re pretty great at having a good time…

HUGE thank you’s go out to our incredible heroes; Karen Worrall, Luanne Billstein, Lorrie Backer and all the many gracious volunteers who helped make Adopteen 2012 such a success!  And to the parents who entrusted us with your teens for four mysterious days — We cannot thank you enough!!

Thank you to the 2012 Adopteen Teen Committee members for helping with setup and takedown and everything in between!  You know we love and appreciate you all so very much.

Cheers to another successful, magical Adopteen camp-conference!  You really outdid yourselves this year.  Here’s hoping for many more incredible years to come!!!

Remember to check in on us every month for new updates and announcements!  We’re also on Facebook and Twitter so don’t be a stranger!

Much Love,

Adopteen

 

Adopteen in Atlanta, Georgia July 19-22, 2012

Adopteen is hosting another yearly conference, this year in Atlanta, GA!  This will be the sixth national conference, and the Adopteen Team is SO excited!

Here is a little bit about Adopteen:

We hold week-long regional and national camp-conferences around the United States throughout the year for teens who were adopted from China.

Adopteen [uh∙dop∙teen] noun.

1. Chinese adopted teens chillin’ like villains in teen-organized events.
2. NOT just another cultural camp teaching you how to write “love” in Chinese.
3. A real life experience with the coolest people you’ll ever meet (assuming you’ll never meet the Men In Black).

Wait wait wait. A camp organized by teens, for teens, you say? What could possibly be better?!? Our thoughts exactly.

Proud of who we are and where we come from. Excited about where we’re going. We are here to have a good time.

Don’t bother with what agency you came home through. Come hang out with us!

Established in 2007 by Art Zhong and Amy Zhong, Adopteen held its first National Adopteen Camp-Conference that summer.

For more information about Adopteen, you can peruse the website at  www.chinaadopteen.org. Also make sure to like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ilikeadopteen and to follow them on twitter at www.twitter.com/Adopteen

Photos and stories will be coming soon!  Here’s to a safe, fun and inspiring conference.