What 2018 Brought Us — CCAI Circle 2018

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Our 2018 CCAI Circle Newsletter is finally out!  Read about all that 2018 brought us and learn about some exciting new happenings that 2019 has in store for our community! China’s changing policies, CCAI’s Eastern Europe and Taiwan program updates, amazing family stories, MyTaproot birth family search, our new The Park Adoption Community Center — It’s all here!

https://ccaifamily.org/Newsletter/Circle/Circle2018.pdf

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

CO Gives Day goal reached

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

With your passionate giving, we received an incredible $29,600+ in donations from #ColoradoGivesDay alone, beating last year’s numbers by over $10,000!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of our overwhelmed hearts, for choosing CCAI as one of your charities to support. In this season of giving, we know how tight money can be. Words cannot express our gratitude for such an amazing turn out!

Please continue sharing your CCAI stories with friends and family. As the year wraps up, we hope 2017 continues to shatter records in our passionate mission to support our families and the children still waiting for their own forever families.

Thank you.

Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Colorado Gives Day 2017

Today is the day!

Colorado Gives Day has arrived! No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in Colorado Gives Day and make your donation go further.

We would be honored if you would keep CCAI in mind when making donations through Colorado Gives, today. In our 25 years of service, CCAI has strived to provide a legacy of vital and unique support for orphanages, children, and families in our adoption community and beyond. This has been possible solely due to the generosity and passion of our donors.

Colorado Gives Day is a day that gives back to all the non-profits in Colorado. Every dollar you give goes further on Colorado Gives Day. For every donation, First Bank matches 10 percent up to $1 million!

Last year, you helped us raise an incredible $15,105 on Colorado Gives Day! Visit https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27901 today and help us make an even bigger impact this year!

So, invite your friends, invite your family, invite that stranger you met at the grocery store…invite everyone! With a little help from our friends, thousands of children’s lives will be changed for the better, forever!

Thank you 🙂

#TravelTuesday The Journey to Your Roots

Families were able to discover the wonders of China and learn about the history and beauty of their child’s homeland for the past week and a half. Ben’s dad shares their once of a life-time experience:

“It started out like most any other day, yet it was not an ordinary day. On this day Ben would be going back to his roots. Much like the day when we first went to China to expand our family with the addition of Ben, we would board a flight with bags in hand heading out on somewhat of an unknown experience, and yet this time it was to experience through Ben’s eyes the country he was born in, and the people whom he shares a heritage.

To say Ben was excited would be like calling the Great Wall a pile of bricks. Even though he had spent time learning about what he was going to see, it could never have had truly prepared him for what adventures and experiences he has now lived.

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The Heritage Tour is an amazingly well organized and thought our experience of a life-time as well as it is a fun-packed cultural taste that you could never get any other way. Every second of every day is so well planned, not only for learning and experiencing the rich and long heritage of the Chinese people, but it also has melded in just the right amount of time for the families, if you so desire, to adventure out and enjoy on your own in a safe way. What makes all this go so seamlessly is the fact that the Heritage Tours gives you truly a local taste of each city that you are in, but having someone from that city and culture be your local guide for each new location. What this brings is a true-life experience and insight that you could never receive any other way.

China has a vast history that could of course never be completely experienced in one tour, yet the Heritage Tour has taken us on a journey of a life-time that is so deep in culture and historical experiences from the Great Wall of China, to the amazing vastness of the Terra-Cotta Warrior museum, and from the playful warmth of the mountain side Panda reserve in Chengdu, to the majestic and beauty of the mountains of the Lijiang river boat cruise.

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This trip was not only a journey of a life time, it was a journey through a life time of the History of China that Ben will cherish forever.”

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Here is to a successful Spring 2017 Heritage Tour! Safe travels to all the families traveling back. #TravelTuesday

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!

2016 CCAI Thanksgiving Heritage Tour

img_3278A sudden cold front has settled in on Beijing, but it hasn’t dampened the excitement of the 35 children and parents who are travelling on our CCAI 2016 Thanksgiving Heritage Tour!

img_3280Bundled up, they have braved the Great Wall, Tiananmen square, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. The families then received a warm welcome at the CCCWA, where “matches” are made!

In addition to being thankful for warm coats, families are also bonding with each other and adoptees are able to reconnect with their place of birth. The next stops on their tour are Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors.

To learn more about CCAI Heritage Tours, please visit the Heritage Tour section of our website.

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Adoptees and Families Welcomed at the Great Hall

 

Adoptees and Families Welcomed at the Great Hall

Today, a group of 230 adopted children and their parents received a warm welcome at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China’s Capitol Hill.  Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs Mr. Li Liguo,  CCCWA Director General Zhang Shifeng, as well as a host of other Chinese high-level officials were excited to visit with the returning children and their families.  “I am overjoyed to see the happy smiles on your faces,”  the Minister told the children. “I truly want to thank all of you adoptive families.  Your boundless love has given new life to these wonderful children.”

China Minister of Civil Affairs Greets Adoptees and Thier Parents in the Great Hall

This event is a part of the Heritage Tour organized by the CCCWA and CCAI.  Since 2011, CCAI has organized over 1000 families and their children to travel on this incredible tour that allows adoptees to experience the best of Chinese culture, as well as visit their orphanages and caretakers.  What an awesome sight!

Recap Summer Heritage Tours, Open Registration for Spring/Summer 2016

11807690_10204764442491281_6981547028907480142_o from Cain familyWe had three remarkable heritage tours in 2015 so far with 479 travelers and we still have one more tour in the works in December (currently full)! Over 140 families traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Yangshuo for 10 incredible days while connecting with some of the richest parts of Chinese culture! They visited many famous sites including the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, a panda reserve in Chengdu, and the Li River in Guilin. The trip was jam packed with wonderful Chinese cuisine, tea sampling, shows highlighting traditional music and dance, as well as, quality time for the kids to bond and build friendships with each other.

11828775_10207381266555862_5935046050053198010_nWe are thrilled to announce the 2016 Spring and Summer Heritage Tour schedule! All China adoptees of any age travel FREE for in-China tours!

Spring Schedule: March 27-April 6, 2016
Summer Schedule: June 12-June 22, 2016 & July 17-July 27, 2016

Some incredible highlights of the 2016 tours are:

• China adoptees of all ages are FREE for in-China tours!
• Ten days and five spectacular cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin and Yangshuo.
• Visit the mystical CCCWA (formerly CCAA), climb the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City, be awed by the Terra Cotta Soldiers, hold a giant panda, cruise the poetic Li River, enjoy wonderful Chinese cuisine, and much more!
• Includes all in-China air 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 $2,199 per non-China adoptee adult (12 or older) and $1,699 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!

IMG_0568These tours are open to everyone: CCAI families, non-CCAI families, your friends or relatives. So please spread the word! Over the years our Heritage Tour family has grown to include adoptive families from countries other than the USA as well – 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!!!
Crystal Conley | Travel Dept. Specialist

CCAI Staff: Sheri Celebrates 1000th Group!

Here at CCAI, we like to celebrate as many milestones as we can — both personal and communal!  Today, on this beautiful First Day of Spring, our Travel Department Manager, Sheri, has officially worked with 1000 groups (3000+ families!)!!!

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Our Colorado office celebrated with a delicious red velvet cake and Sheri wanted to say a quick thank you to all of the amazing, loving, beautiful families who she has had the honor of serving in her journey with CCAI!