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

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”