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”

FEATURED FAMILY: Luke’s Christmas Suit

Luke (15) has been asking us for a suit since we adopted him 16 months ago. It’s been his heart’s desire. He wears dress shirts, bow ties, and all manner of fancy clothes all of his own accord. His daddy in contrast, wears mostly jeans, even to church, just like all the other men in Colorado. It’s a casual kinda town we live in.

Here’s the thing. Suits are pricey, and Luke’s extremely tiny, unlike even an average 10 year old, it’s surprising how small his waist and arms are. …Getting him a suit is a whole ‘thing’ and we are growing him. Plus, he’s in 6th grade, where is he going to wear this suit? We’ve been gently dragging our feet on the whole suit thing, but have heard about how happy it would make Luke – heard about it A LOT.

So, this Christmas we searched and searched and found one at a phenomenal price, Rodger’s mom altered it with the skill of an experienced tailor and one of Luke’s biggest wishes came true.

It was the last Christmas present he opened. I wish I could describe the, “Yes!” and the down pumping of his fist with joy well enough. Imagine the reaction of a player making the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl.

He came to both Rodger and I that night separately and said both times, “I appreciate the suit. I know other kids don’t like wearing suits, but I do. I don’t know why. I’ve always wanted one, even in the orphanage.” If you know Luke, saying this many words in one sitting is more precious to us than anything.

Christmas is all about Jesus. Giving a child who had almost nothing just a little over a year ago his heart’s desire – that’s ALL to God’s glory. I can’t think of a much better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Adoption – you slay my heart over and over with your precious, excruciating, love for these boys I would never thought I could have.

  • By AMY SCRIVEN (Luke’s Mom)

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Hang

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Hang is such a sweet, helpful and well behaved 10-year-old boy. But he doesn’t have much time left with CCAI. In just about 3 weeks, since he has yet to find his forever family, his file will have to be returned to China and his chances of ever being placed in a loving home will greatly diminish.

Hang participated in our Summer 2015 Hosting Program and his family says he was happy to help clean, cook and wash dishes. As host time continued, he learned to enjoy himself and would spend hours playing basketball, riding his bike outside and building with legos, playing with play-dough and drawing on a magna doodle! He was very curious about his surroundings and liked to check everything out. He was very respectful of the his host family’s home and host siblings.

“If he needed to be corrected, he would try and do better and wanted to show that he was making the right choices,” says his host family.

He enjoyed participating in new activities and during hosting he visited a water park, zoo, aquarium and playgrounds. Large crowds and noises did not bother him. He can communicate verbally very well, but he cannot read or write yet.

Dang Zi Hang 7.21.14 (5)“He was anxious to learn and learned to write several English letters while visiting as well as learning to count in English and use several English phrases. By the end of hosting, he communicated many of his needs in English.”

He will thrive in a family who has the time to help him catch up with social skills and education. A family will earn extra points with him if they love to cuddle! His special needs were a non-issue during hosting. He happily took his medications for Epilepsy and did not show any seizure activity. He also visited the eye doctor and needed glasses because he is slightly near sighted. He was very cooperative at the dentist and eye doctor. Wonderful boy who still has a lot of “little boy” in him!

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

CCAI Georgia Reunion at Zoo Atlanta

A big THANK YOU to all the families who braved the weather on Saturday and joined us at Zoo Atlanta!

The rain let up just as the zoo opened and we all had such a ball!! We enjoyed seeing each and every one of you – some of you newly home and some of you home with your precious children for years. It was great connecting with everyone again!

Here are a few images from the day! Please feel free to share your images with us and let us know in the comments below and how much fun you had with us at the Zoo!

Orphan Sunday Nov. 8, 2015

Every day there are children around the world going to sleep at night without knowing the love of a family. They aren’t able to maintain a firm grasp on the possibility of a brighter future. This Sunday, you can give them the hope they need.

Please join us on Sunday at Bear Valley Church in Lakewood (8 AM to 12:30 PM) or Cherry Hills Community Church (12 PM to 2 PM) in Highlands Ranch in recognition of Orphan Sunday on Nov. 8th. Together, we can give orphans a voice, and a chance to find their ‪‎forever family‬.

If you would like to hold an Orphan Sunday event at your church, or would like to talk about how you can start an Orphan Ministry, please contact us at application@ccaifamily.org for more information!

Rong Finds His Family

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Late last week, after months of trying to find our little friend Rong his forever family, our Waiting Child Team was nearly complete with the process of gathering his information so they could return it to China. Just prior to hitting send … the phone rang.

On the line was a family asking about Rong! They said that they had seen his profile on CCAI’s website and knew it was to be returned soon with several other child files, and hoped they weren’t too late. They said they prayed for them all, hoping each would find their family, and they just had to ask about Rong. And they made it in the nick of time!

Zheng Jian Rong 10.21.15 (2)With just one day to make a decision before the Waiting Child team would be required to officially send his file back to China, the family went like mad calling all specialists they could. It wasn’t until the sign they had been asking for arrived in the form of a DING on their computer which was an email from the Waiting Child team! They had sent the family some new information as well as a slew of new images and a new video.

“When we saw his video, that was it, we knew he was our son,” they said. “We knew it was right because of the peace that came over us after the decision had been made.”

Zheng Jian Rong 10.16.15 (7)They also added that after introducing his picture to their four children, their 8-year-old daughter said, “I’m so happy that we are going to be his family. I’m so happy we got him.”

Congratulations to Rong and his new forever family! We couldn’t be happier for you all and wish you all a safe and peaceful remainder to your journey!

**If you have a story you would like for us to feature during “FEEL GOOD FRIDAY” please send it to socialmedia@ccaifamily.org and maybe you’ll see it on our blog one Friday!

CCAI Co-Founder Joshua Zhong to Appear on Denver’s KLVZ Radio

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CCAI President and Co-founder Joshua Zhong sits with Jennifer Chase, host of the “Reinvention Radio Show” on KLVZ Radio dial setting 810 AM.

To honor National Adoption Month coming up in November, and to celebrate families through adoption, CCAI co-founder and President Joshua Zhong will be the guest during tonight’s Reinvention Radio Show with host Jennifer Chase on Radio 810 AM KLVZ at 6:00 pm. Tune in and hear Josh share his personal story about his road to founding CCAI, learn about CCAI services and how through all this, 12,000 orphans lives that have been changed forever.

LISTEN LIVE (Wednesday Oct. 21st at 6:00 pm)
RADIO: dial setting 810 AM – KLVZ
ONLINE: www.810klvz.com

** KLVZ will replay the interview with Josh Thursday, October 22nd at 10:00 am