Heart Connection Team in Zhengzhou

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What is better than spending a week serving and loving orphans in China?  That is exactly what is going on in Zhengzhou Orphanage this week, where a team of seven CCAI Heart Connection volunteers (adults and children) are spending their week with a group of orphans with special needs!

Heart Connection is a new ministry opportunity with the aim of connecting hard-to-place orphans with caring families to help advocate for their adoption.  We are thrilled for this first group of volunteers and cannot wait to witness the beautiful journeys that Heart Connection will surely bring to the children and volunteers alike!

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Happy Reunion

Jilin Province is in the far northeast of China with a relatively small orphan population.  To help older orphans experience the love of family, CCAI invited nine children from Jilin last December to join our hosting program.  Ty and Mindy fell in love with the boy they hosted.  His name was Milo and, with a lot of prayers and guidance, Ty and Mindy made the decision to adopt and become Milo’s forever family.  In record time, they completed their adoption process, traveled to China last week, and finalized their adoption of Milo yesterday!  God is so good!  Milo is the first child to be adopted from Jilin Province through the hosting program.

Seven more families will be on their way soon to bring their hosted children home later this year.Happy Jilin Reunion

Celebrating Birthday with “Mom”

Jiaming was one of the 29 orphanage children who came to the USA through CCAI’s hosting program in December 2015.  Jiaming’s host parents, Susan and Ron, fell in love with him and decided to bring him home permanently.  Sadly, the adoption process takes time.  Not wanting to wait, Susan and her daughter Cara took a volunteer trip  last week to visit Jiaming and celebrate his 10th birthday!  Jiaming smiled from ear to ear and felt like a super star!

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When Susan and Cara visited Jiaming’s classroom, his teacher asked everyone, “Who is your best friend?”

Each kid raised their hands and shouted out the names of their best friends.  When it was Jiaming’s turn, Jiaming walked over to Susan and gave her a great big hug. “My mom is my best friend.”

We are changing lives, one orphan at a time. <3

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Shi

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Hello CCAI families! Here is your weekly dose of cute – please meet Shi! He is 9 years old. Shi had the opportunity to participate in our Winter Hosting Program 2015.  He loved living with his host siblings, and would really love to have his own siblings some day! Please share his story to help this sweet boy find his family!

Here is what his host family shared with us:

Chang Shi Yan Hosting 8“Shi is a typical boy – he loves to play basketball and with matchbox cars. The only thing he dislikes is arts and crafts. Currently, he is running around the house with a flashlight hunting for monsters under our beds. He doesn’t let his skull abnormality keep him from participating in games. As the Nerf darts were flying around the house, he went and put on his helmet before I told him to. He is not a picky eater. He will choose healthy foods over sweets. Our dentist praised his teeth brushing habits, and Shi had no cavities. He loves to take bedtime baths. He sleeps well and dresses himself.

Shi is a sponge! He was able to pick up English so quickly! We are a family of 12 and within one week the clever boy knows all our English names.  He is a sweet boy with a good temperament and he really loves hugs! He is sensitive boy with just a pinch of naughtiness added. He is always curious and up for any challenge. He likes to run with the older boys and when they are tired of playing he is content to play with our 6 year old daughter. Shi is so bright! He is able to look at directions and build complicated Lego 1_Shi_web_picture_3figures without any help!

Shi would be a wonderful son and brother in any size of family. He can be a snuggle bunny and we have fallen in love with him!”

Shi’s host family is willing to talk with families that are seriously interested in adopting him! Please ask the Waiting Child Department for more information.

 

Shi is a Special Focus child, meaning he can be matched to a family either with or without a dossier in China and may also be accepted along with another child! He is diagnosed with Head and chest malformation, poor development of right clavicle, and missing parietal bone. Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Shi!

Visit http://ccaifamily.org/WaitingChild/Waiting-Child-Profile.aspx to see more children waiting for their forever families.

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Kun/Quinn

 

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It’s time for another Too Cute Tuesday! Meet Kun (you might also recognize her as Quinn from Journey of Hope!) This silly, fun-loving 10-year-old girl always has a smile on her face. Please help us share her story so that she can find her forever family!
Kun likes to sing and dance, and she sure likes to talk too! She has learned to express her needs and takes the initiative to say “hi” to visitors and play games with the younger children. Quinn also comforts other kids when they are sad by sharing her own toys. She can help nannies with chores and loves to help others.

Kun was hosted in the US this last Winter as a part of our Winter Hosting Program! Kun’s host family shared some of their favorite things about her with us:

Dang Yi Kun Hosting - eating“Kun is a cheerful, cuddly girl who loves to giggle and be silly and loves attention.  She is definitely a girly girl and likes having her hair brushed (and to brush others) nailpolish and chapstick, and the prettier the dress the better.  She loves playing with shape puzzles, building toys (like legos and magnetic shapes) and especially play-doh.  She LOVES to sing and could never get enough of swing dancing with one of us in the living room.  She enjoys chores and took it on herself to do things like sweep, wash windows, break down boxes, and fold clothes – she has an amazing work ethic.  She has good self care skills – can bathe (though I stayed with her at bathtime) and dress herself and can go to the bathroom on her own.

Dang Yi Kun Hosting - sledI feel she was very timid and a bit scared when arriving but left fearless.  She was very scared of our two dogs at first – to the point that she couldn’t even look at them (we kept them confined by a baby gate in another room at first).  But halfway through her stay she really warmed up to them, and really seemed to enjoy being around them and feeding them.  Also at mid visit she just took that attitude with everything else – and threw herself into every activity from sledding to sleigh rides to horseback riding.  It was neat to see her petting one of the big draft horses just a week after she was terrified of a dog.”

Please help us find Kun’s forever family!

HOSTING ADVOCACY POST: Luo

LUO NEEDS YOUR HELP – PLEASE SHARE HER STORY! This sweet girl is almost 14, and we need to find her a family before she ages out of her eligibility for international adoption in June!

Luo is a beautiful 13 year old girl. She is able to take care of herself very well, and even helps some of the other MinLuoYan (2)children when she can. Luo’s nannies say she is very strong and brave – it doesn’t matter how far she has walked, or how tired she gets, she will continue. When she walks she will sometimes become unsteady and fall over, but she gets up quietly each time. Her nannies say it makes people admire her strength and will power.

Luo had the opportunity to be hosted in the US as part of our Summer 2015 Hosting Program. She had an amazing time here, and for her, the experience confirmed that she DOES want a family and DOES want to be adopted! Luo’s nannies told us that she has been dreaming of finding her forever family ever since she returned home from hosting. She has watched several of her friends be adopted and often asks her nannies “When is it my turn?”

MinLuoYan (3)Luo’s host family loved having her in their home, but was unable to adopt her. They shared some of their favorite things about Luo with us:
“She is so smart, always wanting to read and learn new things. She tried very hard to teach us Chinese, and she was so eager to learn as much English as possible. And my (host Mom) Chinese was the worst, and we would all end up rolling in laughter.

She is a very talented artist. She loves to draw and paint. She loves music and would sit and play our piano and sing. We loved hearing her beautiful, sweet voice flowing through our home. Her spirit just lit up our home and she has deeply touched our hearts.

Luo always helped around the house. She is very organized and tried to keep us organized. She is very independent, and takes care of herself. She takes care of all of her hygiene and grooming needs herself.

Luo has some difficulty walking long distances, but she absolutely loves going and seeing new things. She doesn’t let anything slow her down. She was always ready for the next adventure.”

Please help this brave girl find her forever family!

 

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”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Hao/Holly

Hao is aDang Hao Hosting 2, typically, happy and playful little girl! Her hosting family has said that she adores her host siblings and loves getting to play with them any chance she gets. Blocks, books Legos, etc., whatever they have going she is very happy just to be playing!

“Hao’s favorite has been the baby dolls.  We have lots of dolls, and she loves them! We are so happy she loves the dolls!” said her host family.

She didn’t eat very much until about day 3, but her family thinks that could have been nerves of coming to a new place. After a few days she began eating very well; however, they were unable to ever detect which food was her favorite since she would eat anything.

She would do well in a structured family life with rules. She doesn’t like it when things don’t go her way, and there is no way to talk her out of it, according to her family. All that can be

Overall her family says she was a joy to have in their home. She smiled so much that it blesses all their hearts! She doesn’t understand too much, but does know how to receive love, and that is such a blessing!!18-DangHao (2)

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Hao, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HAO FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Huang

**PLEASE NOTE: Huang is the child in the orange t-shirt in the video. The other child is not available for adoption.

3-WuHuangJia (2)Huang is a sweet 12-year-old boy who enjoys painting, coloring, writing, running, soccer, and jump rope. He was a part of our Summer 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family to call his own! Unfortunately, CCAI does not have much time left with his file. In about 2 weeks, since he has not yet found a family, we will have to return his file to China. Huang turns 13 this month – giving him only 1 year before he “ages out” of his eligibility for international adoption. Please help Huang find his family!

Huang Web Lg 2Huang has post operative cleft lip and palate and ptosis. He says he has a few special friends and likes to play blocks with them. His favorite toys are yo yo’s and remote control cars. Huang is presently in 2nd grade. His favorite subjects are gym and art, and his favorite color is blue. He thinks he’d like to be a policeman when he grows up, and the only thing he’s afraid of is elephants!

His host family says this about him: “He has a gentle spirit and is very helpful around the house. He very smart and learns quickly. His favorite activities include swimming in a lake, tubing, and watching fireworks for the fourth of July. He has learned how to ride a bike and loves it! He enjoys playing outside a lot, climbing trees and digging in the sand. He liked the local library activity where he could create things. He doesn’t enjoy a lot of people or riding in the car very long. He likes to know what the next activities and meals are. Huang was very fun to have as a part of our family this summer.

3-WuHuangJia (5)He loves to figure out how things work and to create new things. He clearly has an artist/engineer’s mind. He does beautiful Chinese calligraphy and notices details in many things. He has an excellent memory for things he has seen (movies, where objects go in the house, etc.)

He was gentle with our four-year-old son, and knew well how to care for him and negotiate sharing/trading toys with him, although (as a typical twelve-year-old) he would get frustrated with the copying and sometimes needed to play with peers. He loved hugs and snuggles from our son, but had a harder time with physical affection from adults.

Huang loves noodles, meat, pickled vegetables, and anything spicy. He doesn’t care for sweets (except for candy), bread or sandwiches. Food is very important to him and he can eat a lot when he likes it. He expressed some interest in learning to cook himself.”

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting HUANG, 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 “HUANG FROM SUMMER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Tian

Wu Tian Ge (16)Tian is a curious and fun loving 10-year-old boy. He was a part of our Summer 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family of his own! CCAI does not have much time left with his file. In just about 3 weeks, since he has yet to find his forever family, his file will have to be returned to the China. Please help us share Tian’s story so that he can find his family!

Tian is a very considerate boy. He has Tian Web Lg 1some deafness on one side, so you need to speak louder for him to be able to hear your instructions from a distance. He is fairly independent for his age with strong self-care abilities. He likes playing with wooden blocks, playingping pong, putting together jigsaw puzzles, looking at picture books, and singing and dancing. His favorite color is red, and he likes to eat fruit and meat (especially ribs!). Turtles are his favorite animal.

His host mother says this about Tian: “Tian may appear shy at first, but don’t let that fool you! He warms up quickly, and becomes an extroverted and enthusiastic boy. Words to describe his personality include: curious, active, conversational, and fun loving. He has many questions about how things work and life in America.He enjoys ping pong, tennis, drawing, painting, and especially building Legos. Although he has significant hearing loss, Wu Tian Ge (15)he enjoys music and singing. Also, he seems mechanically inclined with great interest in put things together, taking them apart, and anything electronic. He likes petting and holding our two cats. Tian is also used to siblings and enjoys spending time with them. As far as food, he loves noodles, meatballs, eggs, white rice, pizza, hamburgers, French fries etc. He is willing to try American foods, but doesn’t like cheese (except for Mac and Cheese!). He has a very healthy appetite and is generally willing to eat cooked veggies and even sliced cucumbers. Like any kid, he adores candy, gum, and ice cream (strawberry is his favorite).” Please help Tian find the family he deserves!