World AIDS Awareness Day: Considering HIV-positive orphans

aidsThe climate of international adoption is constantly changing and new challenges seem to continuously arise. Few know this better than our founders, Lily Nie and Joshua Zhong.

They founded CCAI in 1992 after seeing the devastating orphan humanitarian crisis that arose from China’s one-child policy firsthand. Since then, CCAI has grown to become the No. 1 ranked China adoption agency in the world by the CCCWA (China’s adoption authority) and has finalized close to 12,000 adoptions.

China is not the only country CCAI works with, however. Nie and Zhong have held tight to the belief that all orphan’s lives matter and CCAI has remained dedicated to assisting in adoptions in all ways ethically possible. CCAI maintains adoption programs for US citizens through Latvia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, offers home study services, has a robust charity program, and offers post adoption support indefinitely for adoptive families.

On this World AIDS Awareness Day, Dec. 1, 2016, CCAI asks for your consideration of HIV-positive orphans residing in Eastern Europe.

“Orphans in Eastern Europe are generally older children or children with special needs and can be harder to advocate for because their home countries often don’t allow for specific child advocating on social media,” said Allison Miner, CCAI’s Bulgaria, Latvia and Ukraine Program Coordinator. “Beyond these challenges, there is a larger percentage of children from Eastern European countries that have the HIV infection than children in other areas of the world.”

This is true to a staggering degree. Between 2001 and 2009, diagnoses of HIV in the Eastern European/Central Asia region grew by 66 percent, while globally the same measurement decreased by 17 percent, according to an article by the Sofia Echo.

The World Health Organization released a report stating Ukraine leads Europe in rates of infection, with 1.6 percent of the adult population infected with HIV or AIDS.

“Despite the advances in medical treatment since the ‘AIDS epidemic’ in the 1980s, many people are still very hesitant to consider adopting a child that is HIV-positive,” Miner said. “There is a heavy stigma around the infection, but it is important to consider the advances in medical technology and the treatability of the disease due to antiretroviral drugs. More than that, it is important to see these children as just that—children in need of loving families. It is heartbreaking to think that a child may not have a family because they have a disease beyond their control.”

CCAI asks for your support and consideration of HIV-positive orphans in Eastern Europe. If you are interested in learning more about adoption through CCAI’s Eastern European programs, please contact Allison Miner at 404-250-0055 x206.

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”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Hao/Holly

Hao is aDang Hao Hosting 2, typically, happy and playful little girl! Her hosting family has said that she adores her host siblings and loves getting to play with them any chance she gets. Blocks, books Legos, etc., whatever they have going she is very happy just to be playing!

“Hao’s favorite has been the baby dolls.  We have lots of dolls, and she loves them! We are so happy she loves the dolls!” said her host family.

She didn’t eat very much until about day 3, but her family thinks that could have been nerves of coming to a new place. After a few days she began eating very well; however, they were unable to ever detect which food was her favorite since she would eat anything.

She would do well in a structured family life with rules. She doesn’t like it when things don’t go her way, and there is no way to talk her out of it, according to her family. All that can be

Overall her family says she was a joy to have in their home. She smiled so much that it blesses all their hearts! She doesn’t understand too much, but does know how to receive love, and that is such a blessing!!18-DangHao (2)

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Hao, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HAO FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Tian

Wu Tian Ge (16)Tian is a curious and fun loving 10-year-old boy. He was a part of our Summer 2015 hosting program, and would love to have a family of his own! CCAI does not have much time left with his file. In just about 3 weeks, since he has yet to find his forever family, his file will have to be returned to the China. Please help us share Tian’s story so that he can find his family!

Tian is a very considerate boy. He has Tian Web Lg 1some deafness on one side, so you need to speak louder for him to be able to hear your instructions from a distance. He is fairly independent for his age with strong self-care abilities. He likes playing with wooden blocks, playingping pong, putting together jigsaw puzzles, looking at picture books, and singing and dancing. His favorite color is red, and he likes to eat fruit and meat (especially ribs!). Turtles are his favorite animal.

His host mother says this about Tian: “Tian may appear shy at first, but don’t let that fool you! He warms up quickly, and becomes an extroverted and enthusiastic boy. Words to describe his personality include: curious, active, conversational, and fun loving. He has many questions about how things work and life in America.He enjoys ping pong, tennis, drawing, painting, and especially building Legos. Although he has significant hearing loss, Wu Tian Ge (15)he enjoys music and singing. Also, he seems mechanically inclined with great interest in put things together, taking them apart, and anything electronic. He likes petting and holding our two cats. Tian is also used to siblings and enjoys spending time with them. As far as food, he loves noodles, meatballs, eggs, white rice, pizza, hamburgers, French fries etc. He is willing to try American foods, but doesn’t like cheese (except for Mac and Cheese!). He has a very healthy appetite and is generally willing to eat cooked veggies and even sliced cucumbers. Like any kid, he adores candy, gum, and ice cream (strawberry is his favorite).” Please help Tian find the family he deserves!

 

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”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Ke

Ke is a smart little boy who has yet to unlock his full potential! He gets along well with our other children, easily adapts to new environments, and loves being cuddled!

Zheng Min Ke Hosting 12.23.15This past week we have observed that his receptive language Zheng Min Ke Hostingis amazing.  He can understand anything spoken to him in his native language.  He can run and does so with a joyful spirit.  We have heard him say hello, goodbye, come here, dog, cat, and panda in mandarin.

Ke is potty trained and sleeps very well.  The boy loves food and is able to stop when he is full.  The one area that we see him struggle is his ability to initiate conversation. However, he can shake his head yes or no whenever we ask him a question.  He is an amazing child who really needs a family willing to explore his fullest potential!

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Ke, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “KE FROM WINTER HOSTING”

 

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: He

Dang He Hu Hosting -LookingHe is a friendly and interested little boy who wants to check out his world. His host family says that in his first week with them, he spent most days exploring his new world. He likes simple, younger child activities since he is only 5. He has played with Legos and magnetic letters, drawn with pens and crayons, pushed toy shopping carts around filled with food cartons, and helped put away laundry. He also likes playing in the bathtub.

During his first few days in the hosting program, he ate a lot and wanted to have food around and in his pockets all the time! This stopped by his third day and he ate closer to normal amounts of food. He will eat a few bites of something and then move on to other foods. He especially likes fruit! At night, he falls asleep very quickly if host mama is there beside the bed. He wakes up 2-4 times each night crying to go to the bathroom, but he does not always go when taken to the bathroom. He goes to sleep around 8 and wakes up around 8.

Dang He Hu Hosting - LegosHe’s so sweet and funny and we want so much to help him — we love him already, and he’s easy to love. All of that makes it exciting and rewarding and special. But it’s also challenging – for us it has been a return to having a toddler in many ways — a clingy toddler who has lots to say but whom we cannot understand. His particular habits of multiple night wakings and extreme car sickness add to the complexity, although they don’t take away from how attached we have become to him.

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting He, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HE FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Hui

Hui’s personality is quiet and reserved until she is comfortable with her surroundings.  Then she really blossoms and becomes open and very friendly!!  She is happy to go along with whatever her host family has planned. She enjoys active play and playing with children her age. Hui gets along very well with others and shares toys easily.

Even though she has cerebral palsy, she is able to walk independently, though it is a little unsteady.  She needs help with stairs, getting into/out of the car, etc.  She is able to assist in dressing herself, using the restroom, and bathing, but is still unable to do these independently just yet.  With some assisting devices—rails/bars in tub, a lower toilet, etc. she may be able to take on these tasks independently!! She is able to feed herself well.  She is quickly learning new skills and words while staying with her host family and they are very impressed with her.  She appears to be a quick learner when someone spends time with her.

After her family visited an orthopedic specialist the doctor’s opinion was that her condition would greatly improve with ongoing and consistent physical therapy. Hui also had her teeth cleaned and was an absolutely fabulous patient!

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Hui, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “HUI FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Min

Pu Min Juan Hosting 12.22.15 (3)Pu Min Juan HostinMin quite a special young lady! Her nannies say she is usually always in a good mood and would really enjoy the opportunity to find a mom, dad and even siblings to call her own!

She is a very active girl, according to her host family she is a tough girl and won’t let her spinal malformation get in her way at all!

“She will run, jump, and play just like any other kid her age!” says her host mom. “One day we took her to the park and she was even helping the younger children up and down the slide! She is always very bright and cheerful.”

Pu Min Juan Hosting 12.22.15 (4)Min is also really enjoying being with her host family during the Christmas season. She hasn’t hesitated to partake in the best traditions the holidays has to offer. From baking cookies to writing her letter to Santa, Min is full of the holiday spirit.

She especially enjoys drawing, singing and playing with dolls. She likes animals and would love a day at the zoo! She likes to play with children of her same age and her friends would describe her as friendly, playful and open. She really has enjoyed getting to play fun games, like UNO, with her host siblings.

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Min, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “MIN FROM WINTER HOSTING”

HOSTING ADVOCACY PROFILE: Niu

Fan Xiao Niu Hosting 1Starting from when we picked up our “hosting son” at the airport, we’ve had been non-stop fun. This is a wonderful child. My kids love him! We unfortunately are unable adopt right now, so we are hosting to advocate, and Niu is a wonderful addition to a family! I even had to have a cry session with my 10-year-old daughter today when she offered to leave the family so Niu could be our fifth child!! He maintains eye contact, shows zero signs of aggression, defiance, or impulsiveness, there is no inappropriate attention or affection. He accepts attention and affection appropriate for a 13-years-old. He would be a great son for someone who has not adopted before as well as those who have many kids in their home.

He needs someone to act fast though, in August of 2016, Niu will turn 14-years-old and become too old to be adopted! We would just love for him to find his forever family.

Fan Xiao Niu ReadingHe is a typical 13-year-old boy who would love to have a dad to do snowball fights with and a mom to help him go shop for new clothes. He would love a dog like our German Shepherd who never sleeps anywhere but by the front door, decided to sleep at the foot of Niu’s bed! He has played with her for hours, groomed her and given her much love. He does great with younger, as well as older kids, but would love to have an older brother. We even have taken him to the local barbecue pit for lunch. He definitely doesn’t have a problem with American food.

123He has been a dream here. He is kind, gentle, patient and loving toward my children, and in turn they adore him. After getting him home from DIA, our 4th graders had a Hand Bell Concert at school. Niu was invited to come along and after a minute of thinking he accepted the invite with a smile. He was a real trooper sitting through three different Hand Bell songs that made absolutely no sense to anyone, especially him. He was attentive and clapped unlike any other 13 year-old boy would do at his younger sibling’s concert

He loves to read and finished all 5 books of the Percy Jackson Series in a day and a half! Anytime we cross paths in the house he has the biggest grin, waves, and happy “hello’s” to share with me. All my other children call me mom but he has picked up mommy as my title and it breaks my heart every time I hear it, which is frequently. This 13 year old is so tender of heart and wants a mom and dad to love him so much.

If you or someone you know would like more information about adopting Niu, please contact us at waitingchild@ccaifamily.org or call us at 303-850-9998 and ask to speak with the waiting child department. Please let us know you are inquiring about “NIU FROM WINTER HOSTING”