As you may know, the “Shared List” is a CCCWA-maintained electronic and secure listing of adoptable Waiting Children with identified medical conditions, viewable by all China adoption agencies around the world. New files are added to the Shared List all the time, and while many of these children are matched sooner or later, others with more significant conditions or outdated files continue to wait… and wait… and wait… on the Shared List with little to no chance for a family.
Over the years these “waiting” children’s files have continued to accumulate, reaching upwards of 2,000 files, and most have not been updated since they were originally posted. Recognizing this challenge, the CCCWA has decided to give these children another chance by dividing some of their files among four US agencies (including CCAI) and charging these agencies with the task to obtain updated information and network with other advocacy groups to find forever families for as many children as possible.
CCAI has received over 400 files so far from the provinces of Henan, Jilin, Sichuan, Heilongjiang, Xinjiang, Liaoning, Zhejiang and Shaanxi. Right now we’re working hard to request and process updates as quickly as we can, and we’ll be posting their files on a rolling basis as new information is received. We are more than happy to share these “former shared list” children’s files and updates with any agency or qualified family, and we are absolutely willing to transfer a child’s file to another agency for a committed family. 🙂
We applaud the CCCWA’s diligent efforts to persevere in finding a loving family for these children who have been waiting for so long!
Many of you may remember the fundraiser we took part in to help raise money for a cornea transplant surgery for a wonderful little boy named Shu Wei back in May. With many prayers and donations, Shu’s host family was able to secure a right cornea transplant for Shu and the surgery was successful. Shu couldn’t stop smiling when he awoke from the surgery and could see for the first time.
Shu is now scheduled for his second surgery, Aug. 23, 2016, and needs your help again. His previous host mom Holly writes:
The hospital requires that funds for the surgery be PAID IN FULL by Aug. 16, 2016 and it is critical Shu has this surgery now because pathways from the retina to the brain are fully formed by age 8 (which he will be in November). In other words, without this surgery, Shu will never have sight in his left eye. During the procedure, surgeons also plan to continue construction on Shu’s right cornea, further enhancing his vision and making sure the retina isn’t starting to detach. Any and every donation is greatly appreciated. Shu is so special and such a wonderful child.
Please prayerfully consider how much you are able to give to help this precious child see out of both eyes!
To contribute by credit card, please fill out the donation form at www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.aspx, and type “Sight for Shu” in the ‘specific project’ area.
Checks can be sent directly to CCAI at 6920 S Holly Cir, Centennial, CO 80112 (please write “Sight for Shu” on the memo line).
“Adoption service would be meaningless if we do not reach out to the children left behind.” This has been the fundamental belief of CCAI co-founders Lily and Josh from day one when they launched CCAI in 1992. From the first truck-load of milk formula twenty-two years ago, to today’s seven Lily Orphan Care Centers and half a million dollar contributions ever year towards child care training, leadership development, foster care expansion, and educational and medical support; Each year, over 1,500 orphans lives are impacted through our charity outreach.
Our successful charity efforts would not be possible without our China Charity Team. Today, our CCAI CO Staff had the joy of finally meeting two of our China Charity staff, Lianzhi Shi and Yunzhan Chen! Both women joined CCAI in 2000 and have worked tirelessly ever since to bring healing and hope to orphans with special needs. They are the true life-savers and guardian angels. We were so honored that they were here to visit us for a short time. Lianzhi and Yunzhan’s contributions to CCAI and our charity efforts cannot be overstated. They are incredible!
Twelve CCAI families from Group 2326 who landed in Beijing on June 30 and July 31 were not only surprised by a rare blue sky and gorgeous weather, but even more so by a personal welcome from CCAI co-founders Lily and Josh! After a lot of hugs, pictures, and laughter, Josh gave a short speech of appreciation and welcome, thanking families for their heart and for making the tiring journey to meet their children. He offered to pray for the group and asked for God’s blessing and protection of each family during the rest of their incredible journey towards uniting with their dreamed child and finalizing their adoption.
Whenever possible, Josh and Lily always make concerted efforts during their business and personal trips to visit CCAI families adopting in China. “This is huge for us,” Josh says all the time. “It give us the opportunity to meet our families face to face and thank them personally for their love and support.”
CCAI has been blessed to send a group of adoptive families to China almost every week to unite with their children. Each working day, CCAI fulfills two orphans’ dreams for a forever family.
Happy Thursday, CCAI Family. 🙂
Jilin Province is in the far northeast of China with a relatively small orphan population. To help older orphans experience the love of family, CCAI invited nine children from Jilin last December to join our hosting program. Ty and Mindy fell in love with the boy they hosted. His name was Milo and, with a lot of prayers and guidance, Ty and Mindy made the decision to adopt and become Milo’s forever family. In record time, they completed their adoption process, traveled to China last week, and finalized their adoption of Milo yesterday! God is so good! Milo is the first child to be adopted from Jilin Province through the hosting program.
Seven more families will be on their way soon to bring their hosted children home later this year.
Jiaming was one of the 29 orphanage children who came to the USA through CCAI’s hosting program in December 2015. Jiaming’s host parents, Susan and Ron, fell in love with him and decided to bring him home permanently. Sadly, the adoption process takes time. Not wanting to wait, Susan and her daughter Cara took a volunteer trip last week to visit Jiaming and celebrate his 10th birthday! Jiaming smiled from ear to ear and felt like a super star!
When Susan and Cara visited Jiaming’s classroom, his teacher asked everyone, “Who is your best friend?”
Each kid raised their hands and shouted out the names of their best friends. When it was Jiaming’s turn, Jiaming walked over to Susan and gave her a great big hug. “My mom is my best friend.”
We are changing lives, one orphan at a time. <3
More than 160 civil affairs officials and orphanage directors and managers from the entire Henan Province joined the two-day domestic and international adoption training conference, April 6th – 7th. The important 2016 Henan Annual Adoption Training focused on the well-being and permanency of orphaned children living in the orphanages and other care facilities. CCAI Co-Founders Lily and Joshua, as well as CCAI’s China Charity Director Xia, and three wonderful CCAI parents Suzanne, Rich, and Blair had the opportunity to provide in-depth training in child care, adoption procedure, and post adoption, as well as share the beautiful lives the children and families are living around the world, and express our appreciation for Henan’s partnership in saving lives.
Henan’s officials are all greatly moved by the incredible adoption stories shared by our families and truly appreciate the love that adoptive families shower upon all the children. It was a beautiful conference.
Twelve CCAI families finalizing their adoption in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, got a surprise visit from Chinese Civil Affairs Minister Li Liguo, the highest-level official in charge of China’s national civil affairs, including international adoption.
Minister Li spent time shaking families’ hands, hearing their adoption stories, and discussing the medical conditions of each of the newly-adopted children. “I have the ultimate respect for those of you who are adopting a child with special needs,” the minister told a family. “It is a very special kind of love.”
According to Henan officials, this is the first time ever, since China opened its doors to international adoption in 1992, that a Chinese Civil Affairs minister has visited adopting families and children at the time of registration and presented the Adoption Registration certificate – a historic event that clearly shows the central government’s support for international adoption.
Minister Li has been an important advocate of international adoption and a longtime friend of CCAI co-founders Joshua Zhong and Lily Nie. In 2007 CCAI’s Chinese Children Charities became the first U.S. charity registered in China, thanks to the minister’s support and approval.
Illinois’ current adoption laws make the already difficult and time-consuming process to adopt internationally even more so. In the majority of states, once a family’s home study is written by a licensed social worker, they are free to move on to the next step in bringing their new child home. However, in Illinois, as well as in a handful of other states, the home study must first be approved by a state agency. The difference is that in other states, the system is functional and while it does add a little time, things keep moving. This is not the case for Illinois, where approvals are done by one person, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator. By assigning the approval process to a single person, the approval process takes longer and is also subject to the biases of the person holding the position. There have been many instances of families being required to provide extensive additional documentation in addition to an already positive home study. Currently, wait times for home studies to be approved are running at least five weeks in Illinois.
The citizens of Illinois have a chance to change this unnecessary and time-consuming step! An adoption reform bill, HB 3079, is slated to be heard by the House Committee on Adoption on Thursday, March 26. An amendment (choose the link to amendment 001 at the top of the link to the full text of the bill) has been added to remove the position of the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator as well as the need for home studies to be approved by the state. If this is passed, IL families with approved home studies written by licensed social workers could move immediately to submitting the I-800A!
In order for the committee to approve the bill to be submitted to the IL House, WE need to let them know that we support this bill. Please call or write you Adoption Committee members before Thursday to voice your opinion and do your part to help children join their families sooner.
Adoption Committee members: http://ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=1590&GA=99
Thank you to Elizabeth Curry for writing this article and spreading the word. Please visit http://www.ordinary-time.blogspot.com/ to read more about the issue.
To ensure that more children with medical needs can find a loving family, China has announced a new set of adoption qualifications. Requirements regarding prospective parents’ ages, marital status, medical conditions, finances, and more, have all been modified and relaxed! Read more about it —> Qualifications
Please help us spread the great news so more orphans will find their forever families!