#WelcomeHomeWednesday

Welcome home to the Wermager family who brought home their precious son in late January! It is always amazing to see the huge transformation these children make in such a short period of time!

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Reuben & Brittany share:

We are the Wermagers! Our journey to adopt started with a desire set in our hearts a few years ago watching families from our church adopt. In 2013 we decided to start a family completely unaware that we would have complications getting pregnant. After 2 years we were blessed with our first pregnancy, but at 35 weeks our son went to be with the Lord.

Amidst the devastation in July of 2015 I felt the push to pursue adoption. My husband and I took time to grieve and pray over the enormous decision to adopt and where to adopt from. Through prayer and our Orphans Chair Ministry group at church we decided to begin the process with CCAI on Dec 22, 2015. As the adoption progressed and our hearts were on the mend we were blessed again with our second pregnancy in May 2016.

In Aug 2016 we were matched with our son Ian. On Dec 26, 2016 (31 weeks pregnant) we met our son for the first time. As first time parents a flood of emotions ran through us! As the days progressed we experienced the unconditional love of parents and the satisfaction we had longed for. Reuben and I learned to manage a 18 month olds schedule and nap times based around our traveling requirement.

We are so thankful for the families we were paired up with to share wisdoms and encouragement daily. We have been home for three weeks and we have still been able to call upon our travel families for helpful tips on the time change, if they received paperwork and the new milestones are little ones are achieving.

Ian has grown leaps and bounds in the month he has been with us. Daily we get to experience all that he knows and the new things he is learning. We may not have been there for all the firsts but as the walls come down and he shows us his personality and abilities we get to cheer him on showing him how proud we are! The timing of everything sounds crazy as we will be welcoming our daughter in just one week, but it couldn’t have been more God ordained.

I was able to travel, we had a month home with him to let him settle and now he will have a playmate to grow up with. Thank you CCAI for all you have done and the amazing guides that held our hands, got us medicine, and even carried our baggage through the train station. There are so many unknowns but CCAI has you covered.

As a new parent, a parent that has lost a child and a first time traveler to China I would be happy to share any knowledge I have gained. Feel free to message me on Facebook.

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This week the Crouch family shares their amazing adoption story. Truly a picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures say it all!!! Kim writes:

“We were prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best, well, we got the best! It’s only been nine days since we claimed this little angel as our own, but it’s like she’s known us her entire life. It’s been such an easy, natural transition with her. She just fits and we are so in love with our girl! She’s better than anything we could have ever imagined. I don’t mean to sound naive, because I do realize we have some tough stuff ahead of us, but for now, we’re just going to bask in the bliss of this little girl we call Millie Joy. Her name could not fit her any more perfectly, because she is absolute JOY! I think it’s safe to say she’s settling in nicely. We simply could not be more smitten. This girl…It’s truly like watching my heart walk around outside of my body.”

Welcome Home Crouch Family – we couldn’t be happier for you and Millie Joy!

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JCCC Kicks off the Year of the Rooster!

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More than 1,000 CCAI families and friends gathered at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood on Saturday night to celebrate with CCAI’s Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) and usher in the Chinese New Year of the Rooster!  As always, the vibrant and talented JCCC dancers dazzled with their costumes and performances, from Mongolian and Tibetan folk dances to traditional Chinese lantern and long sleeve dances.  As a special treat, Wang Junru, a former Cirque de Soleil performer and winner of China’s Got Talent, astounded the crowd with her extraordinary acrobatic and contortionist skills.  CCAI was further honored to welcome our distinguished guest Mr. Hong Lei, Consul General from the Chicago Consulate, who gave a heartfelt speech praising the friendship of our two great nations.

If you missed the show, check out these amazing photos and video – Joshua Zhong, CCAI’s president and co-founder, made a special entrance as this year’s “Rooster,” and you can’t un-see this chicken dance!!

CCAI and JCCC extend our heartfelt thanks to all our wonderful performers, staff, volunteers, and families who made this year’s Chinese New Year celebration so special.  Your love and dedication is unmatched!

新年快乐,Happy New Year!!!

 

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LOCC Leadership Training

Since the opening of the first Lily Orphan Care Center in 2000, thousands of orphans’ lives have been impacted, and hundreds of care takers from all over China have received child-centered training that has ultimately elevated the overall orphan care standard in China to new heights! Today we are supporting seven LOCCs that make a difference every single day.

 To take advantage of computer technology and to provide in-depth personalized service to each child in our LOCCs, CCAI conducted a Database Training for all LOCC leaders on January 19, 2017. CCAI’s IT Director Thomas spent quality time introducing the new system, answering questions, and getting feedback. Our team is extremely excited to have this new tool in place to serve our precious children. 

At the training, CCAI presented the Angel of Love Award to Lianzhi and Yunzhan, two dedicated staff members who have worked with us for more than 16 years. We also recognized the Zhengzhou LOCC Team for their excellent performance and accomplishments.

Thanks to Xia, CCAI’s Charity Director, for tirelessly leading our charitable efforts in China. CCAI is truly making a huge difference in children’s lives every single day.

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CCAI Becomes one of the First Foreign NGOs to be Recognized in China!!

 On January 1, 2017 China’s Administrative Law for Foreign Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Activities in China came into effect. This law requires all foreign NGOs to register a Representative Office in China and to be approved by China’s Ministry of Public Security for all charitable activities conducted within China.

CCAI opened its Representative Office in Beijing in 2007. We were actually one of the first organizations from the USA and amongst all U.S adoption agencies to register as a Charity in China. Our massive charitable involvement in the lives of orphans and our impeccable record has won us strong support from governmental agencies at all levels.

On January 23rd, The Public Security Bureau in Beijing organized a televised ceremony to issue a ‘Charity Authorization Certificate’ to CCAI, as well as 19 other foreign NGOs, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is wonderful news and further assurance to all families who have put their trust in CCAI’s Waiting Child Adoption Program and our Charitable Projects such as the orphanage partnership program, older orphan hosting program, Lily Orphan Care Centers, and mission outreach trips. Most of all, this is a blessing to the children still waiting in our partnership orphanages. 

We are truly honored to serve you and be a part of your life-changing and family-building journey.

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CCAI Ushers in 2017 with a Big Bang!!!

2017Eighteen wonderful families completed the adoptions of 21 precious children in the first two weeks of 2017. That means 21 lives are changed forever as a result of the courageously loving act of these incredible families. God is continuing to shower His blessing upon our CCAI team, our passionate adoptive families, and the precious children who are dreaming of a beautiful place call home.  Welcome Home Groups 2385, 2386 and 2387!!!

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We want to extend the warmest ‘Welcome Home’ to Groups 2383 and 2384 who just arrived home last week!!!

This week’s adoption story was sent to us by the Jones Family who brought home two children on this trip! The family writes:

“It’s hard to believe that we have only been home ten days! We have come so far in such a short amount of time. We adopted two children from China, Isabella is 5 and Colton is 2. We are “older” empty nesters and just remembering all the joys and challenges of parenting again.

We were the only parents in our group adopting two children together. We always felt that we were bringing up the rear no matter where we were. All the families with our group were so helpful and knew we were struggling with backpacks, strollers, blankets and coats getting on and off buses, planes and trains. During our trip from Zhengzhou to Guangzhou we had to experience the airport for the first time with two very young children. We definitely learned a lesson about making our way through an airport carrying way too much stuff all the while my daughter shouting “niao, niao!!!” which I quickly learned meant I have to go to the bathroom now!

I have a daughter that is 24 and my son is 19 so when we decided to adopt two children, I thought no problem I know how to do this! However, time has a way of making you forget all the needs of young kids. Toddlers are messy, demanding and want to do everything the other family members are doing – including going to the bathroom! Our daughter has a vision impairment and that has also brought challenges navigating the terrain. It’s all slowly coming back to me, how to take care of two young kids but my body keeps reminding me I am not 20 something anymore!

We had a rough start coming home with sleeping on a regular schedule. I reached out to other adoptive moms for advice. Sunlight and melatonin seemed to be the theme. Unfortunately in Illinois there is a lack of sunshine to help regulate their internal clocks. We were up at 12:00 am to 7:00 am and had our days and nights mixed up. It’s amazing the things parents can come up with to do at these hours of the night. I had my first Wal-Mart trip for needed groceries at 3:00 am and I have to say it was a very pleasant experience.

Next week brings lot of appointments with Doctors, Dentist and our School District to navigate the medical and educational needs of our children. But for now we are just enjoying being home and discovering all the things that being an American can offer.

At 10 days we are celebrating many firsts and a new normal. We are on a regular schedule! We are trying new foods. We are meeting new friends and family. Our house is a disaster, dishes and laundry are not always done and that’s ok. We are a family. We love each other and we would not have missed all of this for all the tea in China!”

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