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.”
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!
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)
CCAI’s Midwest Reunion was a great success! Thank you SO VERY MUCH to Julie, our CCAI KY director, and Kentucky CCAI Family APC for putting on such a fun family reunion this past weekend!
Held at a beautiful farm site, the weather was perfect and over 300 people showed up for the festivities — several families driving 8+ hours to get to the Reunion! Lily and Josh were thrilled to see so many new families who had adopted within the last year, as well as many old friends.
Thank you to everyone who attended! Lily and Josh has such a fun time
Celebrating 12,000+ Children and 25 Years
Thank you to all the families who traveled from near and far (and all the many more who were with us in spirit!) to spend such a joyous and emotional evening with Mama Lily and Papa Josh! Celebrating over 12,300 adoptions and thousands more lives changed by the courage and passion of CCAI’s co-Founders, your love and support were felt so fully this weekend. Our hearts have been filled to the brim
Enjoy this photo of Lily and Josh with some of our children who attended Saturday evening’s inspiring event — so many that we couldn’t even fit them all on stage!
Congratulations to Chinese Children Adoption International on 25 years of incredible service to the children of the world and the families who have been changed by them! I have personally witnessed Lily’s passion for child aid through her invaluable work on my Childcare Facilities Licensing Advisory Committee. Thank you, Joshua Zhong and Lily Nie, for your tireless work and passionate dedication to the abandoned children of China, Haiti, Latvia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and the United States. Congratulations, again, CCAI. Cheers to 25 years and 12,000 children!
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shared a quick welcome message at CCAI’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Colorado Convention Center, Saturday night, September 16th. His welcome message preceded a reading of his gubernatorial proclamation by CCAI Chairman of the Board, Paul Rady, that established September 16, 2017 as, hereto forth, CCAI Day for the State of Colorado.
The Governor’s proclamation can be read here.
Centennial, Colorado, September 12, 2017: Chinese Children Adoption International (CCAI) is honored to announce Governor John Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial proclamation of “CCAI Day” on September 16, 2017. The Governor’s proclamation is heralding CCAI’s 25th Anniversary and its’ extraordinary placement of over 12,000 orphans, along with its’ incredible and unlikely journey to become the #1 ranked Chinese-focused adoption agency in the world via the amazing dedication, passion and leadership of Lily Nie and Joshua Zhong.
On September 16, 2017, over 1,500 attendees will celebrate CCAI’s 25th Anniversary at the Colorado Convention Center, emceed by Colorado’s Aaron Harber (Broadcaster of the Year) and commemorate Lily Nie’s and Joshua Zhong’s lifelong work and legacy. From the most humble beginnings in Maoist China to touching the lives of over 75,000 orphans in China, Haiti, Ukraine, Latvia and Bulgaria via adoption and support programs, Joshua and Lily’s story is one of incredible achievement as well as a personal and business inspiration in and for Colorado.
“I am honored that our life’s work and passion has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children, one child at a time. Our team at CCAI has an unparalleled commitment to help every child and family that we can reach and I am so thankful for their dedication and efforts,“ said Lily Nie, CEO and co-founder of CCAI and Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inductee. Lily also spearheaded the creation of nine “Lily Orphan Care Centers” in China to improve and sustain the lives of Chinese orphans via specially trained staff and care, providing medical needs and using charitable donations to make the impossible, possible.
“We started CCAI in our 200 square foot basement in 1992 and I had no idea we could or would come this far. Families are the essence of our society and every child deserves one; it has been an indescribable privilege for me to be part of this meaningful mission,” explained Joshua Zhong, President and co-founder of CCAI. “I am grateful for the opportunity and for our staff, our charitable donors, our families, and children who have made this milestone a reality.” Joshua also has been instrumental in establishing the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center in Colorado, providing post adoption services, creating the Adopteen program, and forging key China relations to facilitate the placement of over 12,000 orphans.
Through their unwavering drive, unshakeable integrity and unparalleled work ethic to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children, Lily and Joshua have created an unprecedented movement that has positively — and indelibly — changed the trajectory of thousands and thousands of lives, both in Colorado and across the globe. CCAI Day on September 16, 2017, is a celebration of personal and professional achievement for all Coloradoans and people around the world.
Founded by Joshua Zhong and Lily Nie in 1992, CCAI is a non-profit 501c3 charity recognized by the U.S. federal government, accredited by the Hague Accreditation, and licensed by the social service departments of Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky and Wyoming. CCAI exists to find loving and permanent home for abandoned children, to offer humanitarian assistance to orphans left behind, and to provide cultural and emotional support to adopted children and their families. For 25 years CCAI has been working with Chinese, Haitian, Ukraine, Latvia and Bulgaria governments and has found permanent home for over 12,300 orphans. CCAI is ranked the #1 China adoption agency in the world.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Crystal Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list “Travel Assistant” in the subject line of the email. Thank you so much!
ANNOUNCING THE 2018 HERITAGE TOUR SCHEDULE!
We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Spring and Summer Heritage Tour schedule! All China adoptees of any age travel FREE for in-China tours!
Spring Schedule: March 18-28, 2018
Summer Schedule: June 10-20, 2018 & July 15-25, 2018
Join us for this once in a lifetime chance to discover the wonders of China and learn about the history and beauty of your child’s homeland! You’ll see the Great Wall and Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors outside of Xi’an, visit a Panda reserve, cruise on the Li River and even visit where your adoption journey began…the CCCWA!
Some incredible highlights of the 2018 tours include:
- China adoptees of all ages are FREE for in-China tours!
- Ten days and five spectacular cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo.
- Includes all in-China air/train tickets and ground transportation, hotels, park entrance tickets, and most meals during the dates mentioned for each tour (Panda hugging in Chengdu costs extra).
- All of this for $2,099 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,599 for non-China adoptee children.
- Optional visit and tour to your child’s orphanage is available before or after the main tour (additional costs apply).
Online registration is available on our website at www.ccaifamily.org/heritagetour for all three tours!
Note: In order to benefit from the free Chinese adoptee in-China tour package:
- Adopted Chinese children must travel with their own parent(s).
- Each adoptive couple (both traveling) can bring up to three Chinese adoptees
- Each single parent can bring up to two Chinese adoptees
These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives. So please spread the word – the more the merrier! If you are a FCC chapter member in your area, please help us get the word out to FCC communities. Thank you!!!
For any questions about the upcoming 2018 tours, please feel free to email email@example.com or call 303-850-9998 x48.
We look forward to helping your family plan an amazing trip back to China!
This summer JCCC hosted 61 students total at our Chinese Immersion Summer Camps! There were four camp sessions total, spanning from June 21 to July 28. We had campers come from as close as Denver to as far as Wyoming. Camp activities included Chinese-style morning exercises, Chinese cooking, and integrated Mandarin learning through words phrases and songs. Each 5-day camp went on a field trip to the Pacific Ocean Marketplace, followed by a dim-sum lunch at Kings Land Chinese Seafood Restaurant. Each camp was concluded by a final performance for the parents, where campers showcased everything they learned. The final performances consisted of many performances such as dancing to the famous Chinese pop song “Little Apple,” reciting Chinese poems, and performing a Chinese fan dance. We had so much fun with all of our campers, and hope to see them all and many more next year!