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!

The Connected Parent class 2016

2016 Connected Parent

Registration is now open for our class: The Connected Parent

Children with a history of trauma, abuse or neglect need a different type of parenting. The Connected Parent class will help families reach a deeper understanding of their reactions to their children’s behaviors while learning new tools to regulate their feelings so they can respond to their children’s needs. The Connected Parent is an 8 week class designed to:

• Help children heal 
• Develop secure attachments 
• Empower children to grow 
• Discipline effectively while maintaining a connection

The structure of the class is such that parents will receive instruction and support while their children participate in a separate group, also learning many of the techniques in an age appropriate manner.

Cost is $350/Family and registration covers two parents and two children ($50 per additional child; children’s class intended for ages 3-8)

Classes will be held at CCAI in Centennial, Colo. For more information or to register, contact Shelly Burkey at 303-850-9998 x22 or postadoption@ccaifamily.org.

HOPE FOR ORPHANS: RootedATX Conference

LOGOHas your adoption or foster care left you struggling? Our friends at Hope for Orphans know adoptive and foster families across America that are struggling with children with PTSD, neglect, hurt, and rejection in their past. Many of these families are in full crisis and their church or orphan ministry is not positioned to help. This is why they are excited to announce RootedATX, a conference that has been prayerfully designed for these families. We hope that you can join them on November 6 & 7 in Austin, TX as they seek to equip families to parent their children with the Gospel.

bridgeRooted ATX is presented by Hope for Orphans in partnership with the For the City Network and hosted by Austin Stone Community Church. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas at the Austin Stone Community Church West Campus Ministry Center located in Westlake Hills.

Speakers will include:

LIVE
• Dr. Larry Bergstrom M.D.: Mayo Clinic
• Jeremy Lelek P.hD.: President of the Association of Biblical Counselors

BY VIDEO
• Dr. Kevin Peck: Lead Pastor of Austin Stone Community Church
• Pastor Halim Suh: Pastor of Teaching and Theology at Austin Stone Community Church
• Dr. Paul Tripp: Pastor and International Speaker
• Voddie Bauchum: Pastor and Dean of the Seminary at African Christian University
• Jon Bergeron P.hD.: Clinical Psychologist
• Jill Minnix: Women’s Bible Teacher
• Robin Pennington: Hope for Orphans’ Co-founder

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Rooted Digital Resource Trailer from Hope for Orphans on Vimeo.

Post Adoption Center 8-week class series

We are happy to announce our Post Adoption Center‘s second 8-week class series offering of Parenting the Hurt Child!  Our first class will start September 3, 2013 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  All class sessions will be coordinated in tandem with our children’s nurture group!

Please join us for an incredible 8-week journey of growth and support!  This 8-week series will provide you with a lifetime’s worth of tools.  It cannot be missed!

Cost is $400 per family for the entire series.  For individual class pricing, please check the flyer.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 27, 2013.

Please contact Heather Diaz at postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information!

Family Testimonials

“My daughter used to say ‘I hate you’ to me every day, several times a day. Now she says it hardly at all. When she gets upset, instead of yelling and screaming, she takes a deep breath and says, ‘I need to be respectful’. This has been truly amazing.”

“We’ve already started using some of the principles we’ve learned in the parent’s and children’s classes, and averted 3 behavioral meltdowns in one day!”

“I think the way this class has helped the most is in helping me to see what my son needs the most, and helping to meet those needs. Seeing him through that lens has given me more appreciation for the fact that he doesn’t want to act that way, but he doesn’t know that he has other options. Thank you for that.”

Class Schedule

Basics of Infant and Child Attachment
September 3, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

When Attachment Goes Wrong
September 10, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Healing Attachment
September 17, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Empowering Principles
September 24, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Sensory Processing Disorder
October 1, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Correcting Principles 101
October 8, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Correcting Principles 102
October 15, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Applying Principles at Home: Family Nurture Group
October 22, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM

Celebrating a successful Post Adoption Camp/Conference!

First of all, please help us celebrate the 13 families winding their way through airports today to bring home 15 children!  We are so excited to welcome home these families and their precious children.

This past weekend we hosted our first post adoption camp/conference, Parenting the Hurt Child, and it was a great success!  While the parents focused on intensive training in Trust Based Relational Intervention®, the kids joined for a camp-style weekend of learning, games, group work, and play.  We hope families went home with tools to help their children grow!  One parent shared, “I love this class.  I wish there was more!  If you want to improve your parenting skills, take this class!”

Are you interested in a similar class?  Stay tuned for our next 8-week session ofParenting the Hurt Child,planned for this fall. The class is open to all families, whether they adopted through CCAI or not, who are interested in learning more about working with children who have difficult pasts.

Post Adoption Center Condensed Class Offering

We are happy to announce an additional offering of our Post Adoption Center class, Parenting the Hurt Child! The class will be offered as a camp/conference on June 14-15 from 9AM-4PM each day. The class will cover the same information as our 8-week course, and also offer the children’s nurture group!

We hope this shortened version is more accessible to families unable to commit to the longer 8-week program, or unable to make it to our office each week. Cost is $400 per family and the REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 3, 2013.

Please contact Heather Diaz at postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information!

Conclusion of First Post Adoption Center 8-week Course

Our Post Adoption Center wrapped up the final week of our 8 week class, Parenting the Hurt Child. It was a great success!  Some of our favorite feedback we have received about our pilot run:

“Our son is sleeping better than he has since we adopted him 3 years ago!”

“My daughter used to say, ‘I hate you,’ to me every day, several times a day.  Now she says it hardly at all.  When she gets upset, instead of yelling and screaming, she takes a deep breath and says, ‘I need to be respectful’.  It is an amazing feeling.”

“I underestimated what my kids could do and how well they can behave when they are given the tools they need.”

“We’ve already started using some of the principles we’ve learned in the parent’s and children’s classes, and averted 3 behavioral meltdowns in one day.”

“My daughter and I both loved the classes and it has truly helped us a lot at home.  We’ve had a lot of fun working together to use everything we’ve learned.”

We are thrilled about the feedback and so glad families are finding support and help through our new program!

Registration for our next 8-week session, beginning June 4th, 2013, is NOW OPEN. The deadline to register is May 27th, 2013.

Please contact Heather Diaz at postadoption@ccaifamily.org for more information.

CCAI Collaborates with University of Denver’s COMM 3900

For their Winter Quarter, the University of Denver’s COMM-3900 class partnered with CCAI for their Community Engaged Research Project (CRP).  Together with Dr. Beth Suter, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, students worked with CCAI’s Director of Adoptions, Judy Winger, and Domestic Adoption Program and Parent Training Coordinator, Sheila King, to develop concise training presentations and compile valuable research-based articles.  The students did an amazing job and we were thrilled with the results!

Image Source: DU 2013 Spring Newsletter

This rewarding partnership was recently featured in DU’s Spring Newsletter.

In the words of one student: “…this is the first time I felt that all my work has had a tangible purpose. Instead of focusing my education around myself and my needs, I was motivated to learn because I knew it could benefit the families served by CCAI. Talk about heart-warming, life-affirming.”

Heart-warming, indeed!  You can read the rest of the feature at http://www.du.edu/ccesl/media/documents/newsletters/2013_pg_spring_newsletter.pdf.  You’ll find Dr. Suter’s awesome students on Page 6.

Thank you COMM-3900 for your hard work and passion!  We were honored to work with you.

PAC Now Accepting Registration for Next 8-Week Session!

The PAC is now accepting registrations for their next session of post adoption classes, Parenting your Adopted Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to the Hurt Child!

The next session begins June 4th, and will meet each Tuesday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  For a full class schedule and more information, please visit the Post Adoption Center webpage, under CCAI’s Support and Resources!

We look forward to learning with you!

Here are some photos from our most recent PAC class:
Celebrating Our First Post Adoption Center Class
Post Adoption Center’s First 8-Week Course Going Great