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)

AdopTween Cooking Class

Good1 Good2 Good3 Good4This past Saturday, the AdopTweens got a special treat – Sticky Fingers Cooking Events taught everyone how to cook!

We learned how to cook Tofu Piccata with herbed pasta bundles, and for desserts we made healthy milkshakes and orange gingerbread french toast roll-ups!

It was delicious, and we had tons of fun! We take a short break from AdopTween in January, but stay tuned when we come back in February!

For more info on Adoptween, contact Adam at adoptween@adopteen.org

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!