Job Posting: The Park Program Assistant

The Park Adoption Community Center exists to cultivate an open and nurturing dialogue around adoption to help the adoption community connect, build, and flourish. As it stands, The Park combines CCAI’s existing post-adoption support programming of Adopteen (youth programs for adoptees, ages 13+), AdopTween (youth programs for adoptees, ages 9-12), Xpress Yourself (therapeutic programming for adoptees, ages 7-12), Joyous Chinese Cultural School (cultural programming for ages 3-18), Connected Parent (parenting support programming), MyTaproot (birth relative search services), and Heritage Tours with exciting new community engagement opportunities such as parent book clubs, community support groups, educational workshops, and travel coordination in the hopes of being a comprehensive resource center for all who have been touched by adoption.

Location: Centennial, CO
Job Title: Program Assistant
Supervised By:  Director of Operations
Type: Part-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Salary: $14/hour

Company Information: CCAI Adoption Services, a nonprofit organization, has been working in the interest of abandoned Chinese children since 1992, and has since expanded their mission beyond China. More than 12,000 children have been placed through CCAI’s 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 manifested in The Park Adoption Community Center, creating a support community that extends far beyond adoption.

Job Summary: This part-time position is 20-25 hours per week, Monday – Friday. The Park Adoption Community Center is looking for a passionate, highly-organized, and highly-motivated Program Assistant to join our team. This is a part-time position working closely with all staff members, volunteers, and patrons at The Park. The Program Assistant will assist programming staff with event preparation, communication coordination, and procurement of materials to ensure all programs run smoothly and that patrons are receiving quality support. Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, organized, and comfortable communicating with the community through email, phone, and in person. Individual should be highly motivated, self-directed with excellent organization and time management skills, as well as a strong advocate for the growth and cultivation of the adoption community.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required
  • Personal connection to adoption (adoptee, adoptive relative, etc) strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in computer use: familiar with Microsoft suite, Google Drive – experience with databases and WordPress preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Strong knowledge and connection to the adoption community and strong belief and passion for adoption and adoptive families

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as first point-of-contact for all patrons and vendors
  • Manage The Park calendar
  • Originate and oversee all administrative processes
  • Collect and maintain documents for all The Park programming
  • Maintain and organize The Park program inventory
  • Collect and deposit fees for all The Park programming
  • Setup and takedown of all The Park events
  • Assist in maintaining order and cleanliness of all The Park facilities including classrooms, bathrooms, storage rooms, and community areas as needed
  • Ship and maintain inventory for The Park shop
  • Assist as needed for The Park events and programs
  • Act as supervisor as needed for The Park volunteers


How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter addressing the specific requirements of the position to Amy Zhong at amy@theparkcenter.org with subject title: “[Last Name] Program Assistant Application.”

DU Communications Class Partner with CCAI

DU and CCAI

Dr. Suter’s 10:00 Senior Communications elective course at the University of Denver has partnered with CCAI for their community collaboration projects for several years now and it is always a fantastic experience.  This year, the students worked with CCAI’s Waiting Child, Dossier, The Park Adoption Community Center, and Joyous Chinese Cultural School teams to provide vital support in their programming!  From classroom painting to developing waiting child profiles, the DU seniors were invaluable to CCAI’s daily work to fulfill our mission. We cannot wait for more future collaborations!

Thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Suter and our fantastic volunteers for their partnership and support!

CCAI All Staff Training

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On October 11, 2018, the entire CCAI Colorado office attended a half-day training to help better understand how to provide trauma-informed care for our families, our children, and ourselves!  The event was presented by DrDSC02198. Gizane Indart , Executive Director of Denver Child Advocacy Center (DCAC),  and Jessica Gershwin, LCSW, Med., a bilingual child & family therapist at DCAC.  Dr. Gizane Indart is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s and is a ChildTrauma DSC02197fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry.  Jessica is also a registered yoga teacher for children and adults, and she regularly incorporates mindfulness, breath-work, and movement in her therapy with clients.

CCAI staff enjoyed spending the morning learning more about trauma, resiliency, mindfulness, and self-care strategies. Through learning how to better support ourselves, we hope to continue to provide the best and most meaningful service and support for our families and children.

 

 

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!

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 Colorado Gets in the Halloween Spirit!

We had a pumpkin decorating competition!

Winner for Scariest Pumpkin: Fluffy the Three-Headed Dog (Adopteen)
Winner for Silliest Pumpkin: Three Sisters (Dossier Dept)
Winner for Most Creative Pumpkin: Unicorn (Benzir, Travel Dept)
Winner of Participation Award: Hi, My Name is Thomas (Shanley, Waiting Child Dept)

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.

Host Children in Denver