New Job Posting: Adoption Community Center Programming Coordinator

CCAI is proud to announce that in Fall 2018, we will unveil a brand new and first of its kind adoption community center.  This center combines CCAI’s current post-adoption programming of Adopteen, Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, MyTaproot, and Heritage Tours all under one roof, while also creating an expansive and ambitious slate of brand new programming for the entire adoption community.

With a new adoption community center comes a new job opportunity!

Location: Centennial, CO
Job Title: Adoption Community Center Programming Coordinator
Supervised By:   Community Center Development Manager
Type: Full time
Start Date: Immediate
Salary: $35,000

Company Information: CCAI Adoption Services, a nonprofit organization, has been working in the interest of abandoned Chinese children since 1992, and has since expanded our mission to other parts of the world as well. More than 12,000 children have been placed through our adoption programs and tens of thousands more have been reached through the Children’s Charity Fund, providing food, clothing, medical care, education, training and foster care for those children still waiting in orphanages. Additionally, CCAI fosters a legacy of support throughout the adoption journey with post-adoption resources provided through Heritage Tours, Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, and Adopteen, creating an adoptee community that extends far beyond adoption.

Job Description: This is a full-time position working mainly in non-cultural programming at the adoption community center for the adoption community at large.  This position will work closely with the Development Manager and Director to develop and implement new programming and curriculum at the center for adoptees, adoptive parents, friends, and the local community, and will be responsible for ensuring that all events at the center run smoothly.  This position should be very comfortable communicating with and leading individuals of all ages, both individually and in large groups, as this position will be the face and emcee of the center at the majority of non-cultural events.  This individual should be highly motivated, self-directed with excellent organization and time management skills.  This position is best suited for an adoptee or adoptive relative who has extensive knowledge of the current adoption conversation landscape, as well as a strong belief in and desire to advocate for the growth and cultivation of the adoption community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required
  2. Personal connection to adoption (adoptee, adoptive relative, etc) strongly preferred
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Skilled in professional communication in the office setting, and ability to communicate effectively with parents and adoptees of all ages
  4. Proficient in computer use: Familiar with Microsoft suite, Google Drive – experience with databases preferred
  5. Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  6. Strong leadership skills; comfortable and capable overseeing a team and providing direction
  7. Strong knowledge and connection to the national adoption community and strong belief and passion for adoption and adoptive families
  8. Must be willing and able to work a non-traditional work schedule: fulfillment of Program Coordinator responsibilities will require working often on weekends and nights, and occasional travel

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Together with Development Manager, develop and implement curriculum for non-cultural community center programming and events
  • Act as the on-the-ground leader and emcee of all non-cultural community center programming and events
  • Oversee daily operations of non-cultural programming and events
  • Seek out and maintain relationships with volunteers, interns, and contracted staff to assist in execution of programming
  • Procurement of curriculum and programming materials
  • Act as supervisor of all non-cultural volunteers, interns, and contracted staff, including obtaining payroll and HR information for various contractors and fulfilling volunteer verification and clearance requirements if needed
  • Assist the Development Manager with fundraising and grant writing as needed

COMPENSATION:

This is an exempt, full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, paid holidays, and 401K.  Salary is non-negotiable and job cannot be done remotely.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter addressing the specific requirements of the position to Adam Alberti-Powell at adam@adopteen.org with subject title Program Coordinator Application.

University of Nebraska Family Studies Department Pays CCAI a Visit

Last Thursday, a group of 30 undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Family Studies Department paid CCAI Headquarters a visit!  The group (dressed in their best!) took a tour of CCAI and spent the afternoon learning about internship opportunities at CCAI as well as career opportunities in the field of adoption.  CCAI Director of Adoptions, Judy Winger, and CCAI’s Domestic Program Coordinator, Sheila King, hosted the fantastic group and provided more information about adoption than their hearts could handle in hopes that these students will consider a career in adoption in the future!

CCAI Texas Families Celebrate with Houston China Consulate

On Tuesday April 10, 2018, CCAI Texas local families were invited by the Houston China Consulate to attend the performance With Love From China, featuring the Beijing Inner Voice Art Troupe Co. Ltd.  Performers consisted mainly of youth with a range of different disabilities. Eleven families joined in the heartwarming and inspiring evening that ended with a special appearance by our Consul General of China Ambassador Li greeting the families and sharing his joy in visiting the children adopted from China that were present for the event!  It was a fantastic evening!

Georgia Tech China Care Club

Did you know that Georgia Tech’s China Care Club provides activities for adoptive parents and their children every month?  Their mission is two-fold: to give special needs Chinese orphans the opportunity for a better life and to empower youth through direct humanitarian service.  Individual China Care clubs host regular playgroups for adopted Chinese children and their non-adopted siblings.  Some clubs may even offer mentoring opportunities.

This month, Georgia Tech China Care Club will be hosting another playgroup on Sunday, March 11th, from 2-4 PM in the Center Street Activity Room. They will be watching an episode from a well-known Chinese cartoon and then teaching the kids lessons from the cartoon.  If you would like to RSVP, please follow the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnuKkO5rpmJCxTmfL7ap1PfKCMEE-tVkYfStc5wdO4PQGfBA/viewform

Kids Helping Kids: Marabella’s Annual Fundraiser

For 11-year-old Marabella, the best Christmas gift is not something for herself, but for those orphans still living in orphanages who are without the loving care her adoptive mom and dad have constantly showered upon her.  How she helps? An Art Exhibition her parents and sibling have been organizing every December for the last five years.  Marabella and her sisters are passionate about art and they create beautiful art throughout the year for this meaningful annual event.  Every year, Marabella selects CCAI as her charity to receive all the money she raises through the art exhibition!

Marabella with her faithful supporters and CCAI co-founders, Lily and Josh

With the help of CCAI’s Children Charity Fund, 100% of Marabella’s donations go directly toward purchasing much needed supplies for orphanage children in China.  Thank you, Marabella, for your passionate and beautiful investment in making a difference and changing lives!

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

CO Gives Day goal reached

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

With your passionate giving, we received an incredible $29,600+ in donations from #ColoradoGivesDay alone, beating last year’s numbers by over $10,000!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of our overwhelmed hearts, for choosing CCAI as one of your charities to support. In this season of giving, we know how tight money can be. Words cannot express our gratitude for such an amazing turn out!

Please continue sharing your CCAI stories with friends and family. As the year wraps up, we hope 2017 continues to shatter records in our passionate mission to support our families and the children still waiting for their own forever families.

Thank you.

Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Colorado Gives Day 2017

Today is the day!

Colorado Gives Day has arrived! No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in Colorado Gives Day and make your donation go further.

We would be honored if you would keep CCAI in mind when making donations through Colorado Gives, today. In our 25 years of service, CCAI has strived to provide a legacy of vital and unique support for orphanages, children, and families in our adoption community and beyond. This has been possible solely due to the generosity and passion of our donors.

Colorado Gives Day is a day that gives back to all the non-profits in Colorado. Every dollar you give goes further on Colorado Gives Day. For every donation, First Bank matches 10 percent up to $1 million!

Last year, you helped us raise an incredible $15,105 on Colorado Gives Day! Visit https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27901 today and help us make an even bigger impact this year!

So, invite your friends, invite your family, invite that stranger you met at the grocery store…invite everyone! With a little help from our friends, thousands of children’s lives will be changed for the better, forever!

Thank you 🙂

CCAI In-China Staff Training Was a Blast

CCAI co-founders, Josh and Lily, returned yesterday from their bi-annual In-China Staff Training, just in time for Thanksgiving!  Our China staff are our unsung heroes and, really, the secret to our success.  Every training is a blast as Lily and Josh review new policies and practices, in addition to re-energizing the team with some laughter and team bonding.  Our fantastic Rita, George, Cecilia, Rebecca, and David were also all presented with the CCAI Angel of Love Award!

CCAI Southeast Reunion was a Blast!

The best kind of birthday is the birthday that never ends 😁
This past Saturday, we continued our 25th Anniversary celebrations with our Southeast Reunion in Atlanta, GA (just in time for National Adoption Month)! It was a fantastic event, blessed with perfect weather and even more perfect company. Thank you to all the families who made it to our fun day at Zoo Atlanta!  Let’s do it again!

Family Voices: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth! Children with Down Syndrome are often overlooked in adoption, but as many of our CCAI families will tell you, these kids bring so much love and joy into our lives!

Right now there are over 400 children with Down Syndrome on the Shared List hoping to find their forever families. We talked with 2 CCAI families that have adopted kiddos with Down Syndrome to see how these children brighten their lives!

Lora, momma of 2 beautiful girls with Down Syndrome, says:

“What is so special about children adopted with Down syndrome? My answer is that they are delightful. Delightful in their joy and exuberance. Our two girls with Down syndrome came home this last spring from China through CCAI. While I knew that our girls were beyond precious from their photo and video updates, I had no idea how much joy they would bring to our home. They very quickly blended right in with the rest of the family, and are pretty much adored by us all.

Their expressions, their responses, and their affection are so genuine and uninhibited. Their unbridled joy tends to rub off on whomever they are around. Not that they don’t have their own moments, because they can be stubborn and have good and bad days like everybody else. Truly, though, they are little rays of sunshine in our home.”

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Next, we talked to Meg, momma of 2 boys with Down Syndrome! She made this incredible video last year to talk about what their day-to-day life looks like:

Children born with Down Syndrome are loving, capable kids who can lead healthy, social, and happy lives. Are you considering the adoption of a child with Down Syndrome? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Waiting Child Program for family references. SO many families would love to share their stories with you!