CCAI Reaches Monumental Milestone!

Today, February 28, 2017, CCAI reached the incredibly monumental milestone of 12,000 adoptions!!!

12,000 Adoptions!

From Lily and Josh’s 200-sqft basement in September 1992 and the first child coming home on Easter Sunday 1994, CCAI has been making history one child at a time over the past nearly-25 glorious years.  We give thanks to all our amazing CCAI families who believed and continue to believe in us and entrust us with the incredible blessing to be a part of their families; to the thousands of volunteers across the country who have and continue to faithfully support CCAI’s life-changing mission with time and money; and, most of all, to each and every adopted CCAI child for their unbreakable will to meet life’s toughest challenges and conquer daily adversity with courage, determination and grace.

Do numbers matter?  Absolutely!  Because each number represents a beautiful and precious life, and it symbolizes victory and hope.  Today, we celebrate 12,000 adoptions while keeping those hundreds and thousands of orphans still waiting, in our hearts.  Our mission has just begun and it will not finish until the last orphan in the world has found their forever family!!

CCAI 2016 Year In Review

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With your support, 2016 proved to be a fantastic year for CCAI! Here are some of the most exciting highlights as we usher in the New Year:

• 467 orphans from five countries found their forever families!!!
• CCAI’s orphanage partnerships increased to 40 orphanages from four Chinese provinces
• CCAI’s charity arm, with the help of our trusting and generous donors, launched 60 projects and invested $903,000, touching the lives of 5,085 orphans
• CCAI’s Charity Team undertook 60 trips to 40 orphanages to provide child care training
• CCAI currently operates seven Lily Orphan Care Centers in China (visit www.ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Lily-OrphanCare to learn more about CCAI’s charity efforts)
• 47 older children from 9 orphanages participated in summer and winter hosting programs and had a wonderful time experiencing the love of a family
• CCAI was selected as one of four US adoption agencies to assist CCCWA in finding homes for nearly 2,000 extremely hard-to-place orphans. CCAI sent a team of ten professional photographers to China to photograph and film some of these hard-to-place orphans to help raise awareness
• 112 families (389 individuals, including 158 adoptees) participated in four China Heritage tours, including an invitation by the Chinese government to visit the Great Hall for a grand welcome ceremony
• 306 adoptees from 32 states participated in Adopteen‘s many events (Adopteen Camp-Conference and Retreats, Adoptstronauts Retreat, Adopteen and Adoptween Hangouts, and Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip – 2017 trip applications open now atwww.adopteen.org)
• Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) had a strong year with 210 students and welcomed over 2,000 K-12 students from 30 local schools to participate in 28 China Field Trips
• JCCC’s 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration had an attendance of 900+ (Tickets for 2017 CNY Celebration available now at www.joyouscenter.org)
• CCAI added a new Taiwan adoption program!

Season’s Greetings and Thank You from Our LOCC’s

As the year draws to a close with the warmth of the holiday season, our amazing Lily Orphan Care Center children and nannies would like to wish our incredible families and donors a very happy holidays.  They sure know how to get into the holiday spirit!

Thank you for your dedicated support of our LOCC’s and CCAI’s orphan care mission this year and every year!  We are endlessly grateful.  This year, CCAI supported 60 orphan care projects at a cost of $903,000!  If you would like to donate to our Children Charity Fund to help support our continuing orphan care efforts, please visit https://www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.

 

 

Shared List buzz

As you may know, the “Shared List” is a CCCWA-maintained electronic and secure listing of adoptable Waiting Children with identified medical conditions, viewable by all China adoption agencies around the world. New files are added to the Shared List all the time, and while many of these children are matched sooner or later, others with more significant conditions or outdated files continue to wait…  and wait… and wait… on the Shared List with little to no chance for a family.

Over the years these “waiting” children’s files have continued to accumulate, reaching upwards of 2,000 files, and most have not been updated since they were originally posted. Recognizing this challenge, the CCCWA has decided to give these children another chance by dividing some of their files among four US agencies (including CCAI) and charging these agencies with the task to obtain updated information and network with other advocacy groups to find forever families for as many children as possible.

CCAI has received over 400 files so far from the provinces of Henan, Jilin, Sichuan, Heilongjiang, Xinjiang, Liaoning, Zhejiang and Shaanxi. Right now we’re working hard to request and process updates as quickly as we can, and we’ll be posting their files on a rolling basis as new information is received. We are more than happy to share these “former shared list” children’s files and updates with any agency or qualified family, and we are absolutely willing to transfer a child’s file to another agency for a committed family.  🙂

We applaud the CCCWA’s diligent efforts to persevere in finding a loving family for these children who have been waiting for so long!

10 days to raise $15K for “Sight for Shu”

Many of you may remember the fundraiser we took part in to help raise money for a cornea transplant surgery for a wonderful little boy named Shu Wei back in May. With many prayers and donations, Shu’s host family was able to secure a right cornea transplant for Shu and the surgery was successful. Shu couldn’t stop smiling when he awoke from the surgery and could see for the first time.

Shu

Shu is now scheduled for his second surgery, Aug. 23, 2016, and needs your help again. His previous host mom Holly writes:

The hospital requires that funds for the surgery be PAID IN FULL by Aug. 16, 2016 and it is critical Shu has this surgery now because pathways from the retina to the brain are fully formed by age 8 (which he will be in November). In other words, without this surgery, Shu will never have sight in his left eye. During the procedure, surgeons also plan to continue construction on Shu’s right cornea, further enhancing his vision and making sure the retina isn’t starting to detach. Any and every donation is greatly appreciated. Shu is so special and such a wonderful child.

Please prayerfully consider how much you are able to give to help this precious child see out of both eyes!

To contribute by credit card, please fill out the donation form at www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.aspx, and type “Sight for Shu” in the ‘specific project’ area.

Checks can be sent directly to CCAI at 6920 S Holly Cir, Centennial, CO 80112 (please write “Sight for Shu” on the memo line).

 

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!

 

Josh and Lily Paid a Surprise Visit to Families in Beijing

Twelve CCAI families from Group 2326 who landed in Beijing on June 30 and July 31 were not only surprised by a rare blue sky and gorgeous weather, but even more so by a personal welcome from CCAI co-founders Lily and Josh!  After a lot of hugs, pictures, and laughter, Josh gave a short speech of appreciation and welcome, thanking families for their heart and for making the tiring journey to meet their children.  He offered to pray for the group and asked for God’s blessing and protection of each family during the rest of their incredible journey towards uniting with their dreamed child and finalizing their adoption.

Josh and Lily visit with families in Beijing

Whenever possible, Josh and Lily always make concerted efforts during their business and personal trips to visit CCAI families adopting in China.  “This is huge for us,”  Josh says all the time.  “It give us the opportunity to meet our families face to face and thank them personally for their love and support.”

CCAI has been blessed to send a group of adoptive families to China almost every week to unite with their children.  Each working day, CCAI fulfills two orphans’ dreams for a forever family.

Happy Thursday, CCAI Family. 🙂

CCAI Texas Family Reunion Registration NOW OPEN!

CCAI Texas Family Reunion
Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX
Cost: $5 per person ($20/family max)
Optional: $5-6 per plate catered lunch, zoo admission $9 ages 13+, $6 ages 4-12

Our families in Texas are hosting a Family Reunion at the end of summer and we are so excited!! Families are invited to meet at Pecan Bottoms Pavilion in Cameron Park (just outside the zoo) starting at 9:00 AM. There is a playground and splash pad near the pavilion and we will have games and lunch, and then go to the zoo as a group!

We cannot wait to meet all our Texas CCAI families!

Please contact Beth Kimmel with questions or for more info: robandbeth1997@gmail.com

You can also join the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1056681707707669/

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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