Nine Chinese students complete JCCC Immersion Camp

4I1A4003Two weeks ago, nine students between the ages of 11 and 16 boarded flights for a country they had never been to in hopes of learning from people they had never met. Since then, students of the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center’s Summer English Immersion Camp have worked to improve their English language skills and understanding of American culture.

“I can’t imagine doing what you all have done at your age,” Camp Counselor Kyle Botts told the students during the closing program in CCAI Family‘s main building. “I just want to say I’m so proud of you all. Communicating was very difficult when camp first started and this morning we were talking in full sentences!”

4I1A3955During the course of the two-week camp, students alternated between educational sessions on American culture topics like etiquette and holiday traditions and field trips.

“I loved the Museum of Nature & Science,” said Tin Tin, the oldest of the group. “They had a robot there. I had never seen technology like that before.”

Between the field trips and American food experiences, there seemed to be one other major component the campers were particularly thankful for: their host families.

“My host Mom always made me to feel at home,” said Tin Tin. “She even made mung bean soup, a traditional Chinese recipe for me. She liked it and will keep making it now, she says.”

4I1A3950Tin Tin also recounted the fun time he had with his family at the zoo and how they taught him how to dive on a swimming outing.

Before the camp concluded, I listened in during the class session on Halloween. When asked what the students would choose to dress up as, Tin Tin exclaimed, “Harry Potter!” and the class erupted with laughter.

The memories and friendships gained on this trip are sure to last the campers a lifetime.

To learn more about courses offered at JCCC, visit joyouscenter.org.

 

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Reaching out to Orphans Left Behind

Lianzhi & Yunzhan and CCAI CO Staff“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.

Josh and Lily introducing Lianzhi and Yunzhan

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!

 

2016 Summer Hosting Kids Are Here

2016 Summer Hosting Kids Are Here!

The wait is finally over!  Host Children in ChicagoAfter more than 16 hours of exhausting flights, 23 precious children from four orphanages have finally united with their anxious and exciting host families.

For all of the kids, this was their first flight and  they hand led it like pros!  The children will spend three weeks with their host families and will have the best summer vacation of their lives!Host families wait eagerly

The goal of Orphan Hosting is to share love with so-called “hard-to-place” older orphans so that they will also have the opportunity to experience family love and have incredible adventures.  For more information on how you can host an orphan in the summer or winter, please contact us at hosting@ccaifamily.org.

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Joyous Chinese Cultural Center Celebrates the Year of the Monkey!

Happy Chinese New Year, CCAI Family!!!

Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Lion DanceThis past Friday, February 6th, the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center ushered in the new Year of the Monkey with their annual Chinese New Year Celebration!  The beautiful event was attended by over 1000 family members and friends and featured breathtaking performances from our incredible (and incredibly adorable) JCCC dancers and actors (well done, Adult Chinese Language Class!), as well as a Chinese magician!

Chinese Level 8 Dance Class Performs Traditional Fan Dance

Opening up with an electrifying Lion Dance from the talented Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu students and closing with a heartwarming group sing-along to “The Ocean is My Homeland”, the unforgettable evening was yet another beautiful success.

We loved all of the fantastic performances and catching up with friends, old and new.  CCAI and JCCC wish you all a happy and healthy Year of the Monkey, brimming with blessings and delicious food!

Xin Nian Kuai Le!  Gong Xi Fa Cai!

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Wei

Li Shu Wei Hosting 10Wei is a very happy, giggly, and fun-loving 7-year-old boy! He was a part of our Winter 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family to call his own.

Wei is blind, but during his stay in the US he learned there may be some hope! His host family took him to see eye specialists, and discovered that he may be a good candidate for a cornea transplant. Unfortunately, Wei is running out of time to have this LIFE CHANGING surgery.

“Cornea transplants in cases such as Wei’s are generally not done after age 7, and definitely not after age 8.  As I understand it, after that many years of never having had an image form on the retina, the neurological pathways simply do not develop, and sight cannot be attained,” says his host mother.

Wei had a fun time in the US! His host mom noted that he was very shy and scared at first – he did not understand what was going on and was open about letting out his frustrations. Wei began to adjust and adapt as a couple of days went by. At first he did not want to take a bath and strongly protested, but after he learned what to expect, he jumped right in and swam around like a fish! He even developed a little routine: He knew that after dinner came bath time, and after a bath it was time for bed! He caught on to other household routines, too, and learned to help with some chores. After the first week he even started mimicking some English!

Li Shu Wei Hosting 7Wei’s favorite activity seemed to be sliding. At first it seemed scary and he did not want to try it at all, but after some encouragement and support from his host mother, sliding is the only thing he wanted to do!

His host mom says that Wei is a GREAT eater! He specifically enjoyed cereal, chicken noodle soup, and potato soup. He ate most everything that was put in front of him, but did not like raw carrots or sauteed mushrooms.

Wei prefers more basic, toddler-type toys over Legos or army men. He can only see a tiny bit out of one eye, and has to be holding an object right up to his face, so he loves toys with lights and that make sound. While with his host family he got to go to the dentist. He was such a good patient that he got to pick out a toy after his appointment. Wei of course chose a mini LED flashlight that changes color – he loved it!

Li Shu Wei Hosting 16Wei’s host family says that he is generally a very sweet, happy child who would do wonderfully with lots of individualized attention, structure, and loving boundaries.

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting WEI, 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 “WEI FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Huang

**PLEASE NOTE: Huang is the child in the orange t-shirt in the video. The other child is not available for adoption.

3-WuHuangJia (2)Huang is a sweet 12-year-old boy who enjoys painting, coloring, writing, running, soccer, and jump rope. He was a part of our Summer 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family to call his own! Unfortunately, CCAI does not have much time left with his file. In about 2 weeks, since he has not yet found a family, we will have to return his file to China. Huang turns 13 this month – giving him only 1 year before he “ages out” of his eligibility for international adoption. Please help Huang find his family!

Huang Web Lg 2Huang has post operative cleft lip and palate and ptosis. He says he has a few special friends and likes to play blocks with them. His favorite toys are yo yo’s and remote control cars. Huang is presently in 2nd grade. His favorite subjects are gym and art, and his favorite color is blue. He thinks he’d like to be a policeman when he grows up, and the only thing he’s afraid of is elephants!

His host family says this about him: “He has a gentle spirit and is very helpful around the house. He very smart and learns quickly. His favorite activities include swimming in a lake, tubing, and watching fireworks for the fourth of July. He has learned how to ride a bike and loves it! He enjoys playing outside a lot, climbing trees and digging in the sand. He liked the local library activity where he could create things. He doesn’t enjoy a lot of people or riding in the car very long. He likes to know what the next activities and meals are. Huang was very fun to have as a part of our family this summer.

3-WuHuangJia (5)He loves to figure out how things work and to create new things. He clearly has an artist/engineer’s mind. He does beautiful Chinese calligraphy and notices details in many things. He has an excellent memory for things he has seen (movies, where objects go in the house, etc.)

He was gentle with our four-year-old son, and knew well how to care for him and negotiate sharing/trading toys with him, although (as a typical twelve-year-old) he would get frustrated with the copying and sometimes needed to play with peers. He loved hugs and snuggles from our son, but had a harder time with physical affection from adults.

Huang loves noodles, meat, pickled vegetables, and anything spicy. He doesn’t care for sweets (except for candy), bread or sandwiches. Food is very important to him and he can eat a lot when he likes it. He expressed some interest in learning to cook himself.”

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting HUANG, 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 “HUANG FROM SUMMER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Tian

Wu Tian Ge (16)Tian is a curious and fun loving 10-year-old boy. He was a part of our Summer 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family of his own! CCAI does not have much time left with his file. In just about 3 weeks, since he has yet to find his forever family, his file will have to be returned to the China. Please help us share Tian’s story so that he can find his family!

Tian is a very considerate boy. He has Tian Web Lg 1some deafness on one side, so you need to speak louder for him to be able to hear your instructions from a distance. He is fairly independent for his age with strong self-care abilities. He likes playing with wooden blocks, playingping pong, putting together jigsaw puzzles, looking at picture books, and singing and dancing. His favorite color is red, and he likes to eat fruit and meat (especially ribs!). Turtles are his favorite animal.

His host mother says this about Tian: “Tian may appear shy at first, but don’t let that fool you! He warms up quickly, and becomes an extroverted and enthusiastic boy. Words to describe his personality include: curious, active, conversational, and fun loving. He has many questions about how things work and life in America.He enjoys ping pong, tennis, drawing, painting, and especially building Legos. Although he has significant hearing loss, Wu Tian Ge (15)he enjoys music and singing. Also, he seems mechanically inclined with great interest in put things together, taking them apart, and anything electronic. He likes petting and holding our two cats. Tian is also used to siblings and enjoys spending time with them. As far as food, he loves noodles, meatballs, eggs, white rice, pizza, hamburgers, French fries etc. He is willing to try American foods, but doesn’t like cheese (except for Mac and Cheese!). He has a very healthy appetite and is generally willing to eat cooked veggies and even sliced cucumbers. Like any kid, he adores candy, gum, and ice cream (strawberry is his favorite).” Please help Tian find the family he deserves!

 

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”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Ke

Ke is a smart little boy who has yet to unlock his full potential! He gets along well with our other children, easily adapts to new environments, and loves being cuddled!

Zheng Min Ke Hosting 12.23.15This past week we have observed that his receptive language Zheng Min Ke Hostingis amazing.  He can understand anything spoken to him in his native language.  He can run and does so with a joyful spirit.  We have heard him say hello, goodbye, come here, dog, cat, and panda in mandarin.

Ke is potty trained and sleeps very well.  The boy loves food and is able to stop when he is full.  The one area that we see him struggle is his ability to initiate conversation. However, he can shake his head yes or no whenever we ask him a question.  He is an amazing child who really needs a family willing to explore his fullest potential!

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Ke, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “KE FROM WINTER HOSTING”