Today, February 28, 2017, CCAI reached the incredibly monumental milestone of 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!!
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!
More than 160 civil affairs officials and orphanage directors and managers from the entire Henan Province joined the two-day domestic and international adoption training conference, April 6th – 7th. The important 2016 Henan Annual Adoption Training focused on the well-being and permanency of orphaned children living in the orphanages and other care facilities. CCAI Co-Founders Lily and Joshua, as well as CCAI’s China Charity Director Xia, and three wonderful CCAI parents Suzanne, Rich, and Blair had the opportunity to provide in-depth training in child care, adoption procedure, and post adoption, as well as share the beautiful lives the children and families are living around the world, and express our appreciation for Henan’s partnership in saving lives.
Henan’s officials are all greatly moved by the incredible adoption stories shared by our families and truly appreciate the love that adoptive families shower upon all the children. It was a beautiful conference.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the CCAI gentlemen presented all of the CCAI ladies with beautiful roses!
Happy International Women’s Day from us to you. We are so blessed to be able to work alongside such incredible women who constantly and persistently imbue such love and light into every day as we continue on this incredible journey of bringing families together! And to all of the mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and nannies we have been so lucky to know — We celebrate you, today and every day!
A global forum for World Without Orphans welcomed more than 500 delegates from 70 countries on February 11, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The four-day conference brought Christian leaders and orphan care organizations together for the first time, to launch a movement for a world without orphans. CCAI’s co-founder and president Joshua Zhong was privileged to attend the conference and witness a global enthusiasm to de-institutionalize orphan care and to seek permanency for all orphaned children. For more information please visit www.worldwithoutorphans.org.
CCAI co-founder Josh and Lily had the privilege to be invited as honored guests of the prestigious Tsinghua University’s Global MBA program to talk about their charity effort in China and share their insight about the challenges China is facing in orphan care.
Established in 1911, Tsinghua University is ranked as the top higher learning institution in mainland China, alongside Beijing University. It is consider China’s MIT and has produced countless well-known scientists and politicians, such as its current President Xi Jinping.
CCAI President and Co-founder Joshua Zhong sits with Jennifer Chase, host of the “Reinvention Radio Show” on KLVZ Radio dial setting 810 AM.
To honor National Adoption Month coming up in November, and to celebrate families through adoption, CCAI co-founder and President Joshua Zhong will be the guest during tonight’s Reinvention Radio Show with host Jennifer Chase on Radio 810 AM KLVZ at 6:00 pm. Tune in and hear Josh share his personal story about his road to founding CCAI, learn about CCAI services and how through all this, 12,000 orphans lives that have been changed forever.
LISTEN LIVE (Wednesday Oct. 21st at 6:00 pm)
RADIO: dial setting 810 AM – KLVZ
** KLVZ will replay the interview with Josh Thursday, October 22nd at 10:00 am
During their recent trip to China, CCAI co-founders CEO Lily Nie and President Josh Zhong paid a special visit to our recently expanded Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC) in Zhengzhou and thanked our dedicated staff and volunteers for their hard work and passion.
CCAI’s first LOCC opened its doors in 2000 to “offer a child-centered model” that aimed to transform the orphan care system and quality in China. During the past 15 years, hundreds of care-takers from all over China have received systematic training through our LOCC’s and thousands of orphans’ lives have been impacted!
You can be a part of this life-changing effort by sponsoring an orphan or care-taker. For more information about sponsorship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL PROVINCIAL TRAINING A HUGE SUCCESS
Before CCAI’s partnership with Henan province began, Henan had the lowest number of adoptions in the country and the quality of care was low. Thanks to the leadership and development training CCAI has provided, Henan province now ranks second in the country for international adoptions! Over 2,000 orphans’ lives have been forever changed through international adoption and many more orphans have been impacted through CCAI’s orphanage partnership charity projects.
On April 7th and 8th, 118 provincial-, city- and county-level officials responsible for orphan care gathered in Zhengzhou to exchange information, share ideas, establish a network, and hear adoptive families’ moving testimonies.
During the meeting, Joshua shared with participants about the life, education, and medical care of adopted children from Henan Province and Lily gave a comprehensive report of our 2014 Henan-CCAI Partnership. Lily also shared with orphanages leader all of the exciting accomplishments and goals our partnership has achieved this past year. CCAI adoptive mom, Jennie Nation, also gave a moving testimony of her personal adoption journey and graciously answered many questions from very appreciative officials!
An orphanage director share, “Her story is truly touching and we are so happy our children are being so loved in their new families.”
We thank CCCWA and the Henan government for their continued support of our relentless efforts to bring hope, healing, and homes to children with special needs.
JOSH AND LILY VISIT WITH CCAI FAMILIES IN SHANGHAI
Lily and Josh give an update on CCAI’s projects to families in Shanghai.
An important part of Josh and Lily’s domestic and international trips has always been to thank CCAI families, friends and supporters, as well as greet our CCAI children. On April 11th, a group of enthusiastic CCAI families and their children gathered at Suzanne and Tim Calton’s beautiful house to welcome Josh and Lily.
Josh and Lily got a chance to spend some quality time with our CCAI family and friends in Shanghai!
Josh and Lily gave a report on CCAI’s charity efforts in China and thanked everyone for their support of CCAI and its mission. They also answered families’ questions about adoption and volunteer opportunities.
Josh, Lily and all of the CCAI staff want to give a huge and special thank you to Tim and Suzanne for hosting everyone at their home and for making the gathering possible.