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!

Birthday with Mom

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: Cai

 


Cai needs your help! He is aging out of his eligibility for international adoption in JANUARY 2017!

Cai is an outgoing, charming, happy, friendly, and adventurous young man! He had the opportunity to be hosted in the US as a part of our Winter 2015 China Hosting Program. His host family has been absolutely amazing in advocating for him! They were able to take him to doctors appointments, to the zoo, and even gave Cai his first birthday party ever! Please be sure to watch the video they made of Cai’s adventures. His host family is also willing to talk with families who are seriously considering adopting him!

From Cai’s Host Family:

“Cai is awesome! The naughtiest thing he did was he kept going up to bowling lanes and going over the line to hear the foul buzz. It was the only time he didn’t really listen and it was hard when we were laughing with him:) Seriously, he is a smiling bundle of joy.

Cai likes to play, is extremely happy, and has little fear. He would be a great addition to a home with younger children because he cares for them and giggles while he plays. I would say from our experience he is very intelligent and age appropriate. He is a bit immature compared to other American 13 year olds but would fit in a 4th grade classroom with great ease. His strengths are his ability to overcome his disability with ease. He is very independent and friendly. He is accommodating and pleasant to all around him.

We believe Cai needs a family. There is not a certain criteria that a family needs to meet- he is so adaptable and will find his place no matter how big or small. He deserves to keep smiling and learning. In regards to his disability, he overcomes it every step of the way.

Cai is curious because there are so many things he has not experienced due to his time in the orphanage, however he does not act like an institutionalized child. We never saw attachment issues, inappropriate behaviors, or learning disabilities present themselves. He is helpful with other kids, yet he knows how to be a kid himself.

There is a twinkle in his eye and so much love in his heart

His future has no limits; all he needs is a family to cheer him on and accept his love.”

SongWangCai (5)

2016 Henan Annual Adoption Training a Huge Success

2016 Henan Training

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.

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Lai

It’s Tuesday, and we have a little cutie pie that we’d like to introduce! Meet Lai – he is 2 years old and will celebrate his 3rd birthday next month. Please share to help us find this happy, smiley little guy his forever family!

Lai is shy, especially around strangers, but once he warms up he is quite the little charmer! His nannies say that he is “full of wisdom and has his own unique views.” Normally at play time, if a child takes another’s toy, there will be tears and screaming. Lai has his own approach – instead he will walk over and take his nanny’s hand, and will show them what happened.

Compared to other children, Lai’s intelligence is normal. He participates in an early education class and follows his teacher’s instructions very well. Even though Lai has bottom and genital malformations, along with a leg malformation, he can walk independently, go up and down stairs by himself (while holding the hand rail), and can freely change between crawling, sitting, standing, etc. Lai is truly 1 in a million! Please help him find his family so that he can continue to grow!

Lai 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 Tailend Duplication Malformation. Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about this Lai!

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

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Shi

Chang Shi Yan Hosting 2 for web

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

 

Dang Yi Kun Hosting - eating 3

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!

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Jun

Happy Too Cute Tuesday! Please meet Jun – a smart and friendly 8 year old who is looking for his forever family!

ZhangJun  (4)ZhangJun  (3)Jun is currently studying in the special education class and is doing well. His nannies say that he is ahead of some of his classmates in school, and that he is able to express himself very well through language. Jun likes listening to music and playing at the sand table in his classroom. He gets along well with other children and is helpful and polite toward his nannies. Jun can manage most tasks on his own – he can eat alone and go to and from school alone, though his motor development is a bit delayed. Jun has a bright future ahead of him – please help him find his forever family so he can continue to grow!

Jun 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 Club Feet and An Upper Limb Deformity.

Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Jun!

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

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”