TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Qin

Website Profile Card QinHappy Too Cute Tuesday! This week we’d like to introduce you to little Qin (sounds like ‘chin’).

Little Qin is 3 years old. She is a lively toddler who loves to play and smile. She likes to watch TV and play with her toys, but her favorite activity is playing hide & seek with her friends and nannies. She is curious and will go to touch things that she is interested in, but she is very obedient and listens to her foster mother when she says “no.” She can say “mama” and is trying to say other words. She tries to imitate what her foster mother says and will babble, though most of the time adults cannot understand her. Qin can sit and crawl, but can only stand and walk with support for now. Her caretakers say she is a wonderful little girl who has a bright future ahead of her – she just needs to find a family that will help her grow stronger!

ZhouQinYing (24)Qin is a Special Focus child, meaning she can be matched to a family either with or without a dossier in China and may also be accepted along with another child! She is diagnosed with Brain Damage and Developmental Delays. Please call 303-850-9998 or email waitingchild@ccaifamily.org for more information about Qin!
Visit http://ccaifamily.org/WaitingChild/Waiting-Child-Profile.aspx to see more children waiting for their forever families.

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Ning

Happy Too Cute Tuesday! This week we’d like to introduce Ning.

8 year old Ning is really an amazing kid! He is a part of a special education program, and Guo Ning Bo 2is doing very well. His nannies say that his comprehension, language organization abilities, and expression are all very good. He is able to express his own opinions and is capable of understanding adults. Ning loves to learn, especially about art, math, and music.  He has learned to count from 1 to 20, and can write Arabic numerals from 1 to 10. Ning likes to sing children’s songs and dance, but art is his true passion. One time his teacher gave him a watercolor paint brush as a reward for good behavior in class. He was so excited that he went back to his room and started painting…all over the wall! Even though he drew on the wall, the nannies say they had no choice but Guo Ning Bo 1to praise him – his painting was truly very good! He is known as the “Little Artist,” but never brags about it. He would rather help encourage and teach the other children!  He likes to feel like an older brother. Please help this truly amazing kiddo find his forever family!

Ning 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 Poor Brain Development.

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

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

Adoptions from Asia … Our Twenty Years of Adventure – and Love

wheelerfamily2014It was in the mid 1990’s when I first heard about the baby girls being abandoned in China; and my heart was so deeply touched. I traveled to China in 1996 to get my baby, Rebekah, who was 8 months old and very malnourished. She was in a loving but very overcrowded orphanage where many of the children were likewise undernourished. It was mid-winter and many of the children were sick.

judypatrickandrebekahOnce I returned home with Rebekah, I told my husband, Patrick, what I had seen. We both felt led to adopt another child but we couldn’t go back to China due to the adoption center in Beijing being reorganized and only childless couples could adopt at that time. An adoptive parent told me to look at Vietnam. Right away we saw our Seth, who was 8 months old, but he had a special need. He was born with a cleft lip and palate which was still unrepaired. My husband, Patrick went to Vietnam to get him in 1997. We saw how correctable with a few surgeries it is. Outpatient surgery is all that is needed to repair the lip and to repair the palate a child is in the hospital only 1 or 2 days.

judyandpatrickandsethThen the door opened up for us to go to China in 2000. Patrick again traveled and brought home a 15 month old baby boy who also had an unrepaired cleft lip and palate. What touched our hearts is after we accepted him our agency told us that nobody would have adopted him if we hadn’t. He is now 17 in the Gifted Program in high school, takes college classes and makes top grades in his advanced classes. His dream is to be a neurologist someday for he says the human brain fascinates him.

We later brought home Annalise from China in 2002. She too was cleft affected. Later, Andrew came home from China in 2004. Likewise, he was cleft affected as well. Then Luke came home in 2006 from China, also cleft affected.

We found out that Vietnam – which had been closed for Americans to adopt – had reopened in 2007. Seth really wanted a sibling from his country. I went to Vietnam in 2007 to bring home our almost 4 year old, Caleb, who was also cleft affected. In again, in 2008, I went to Vietnam to get our baby, Jordan, who had had no surgeries on his bi-lateral cleft lip and palate. I remember getting a lot of stares but it didn’t bother me for he was a baby and he didn’t know.

judyandpatrickwithdanielAfter bringing Jordan home, we felt we were too old for babies or toddlers. I started seeing that the older children kept waiting and waiting for families. My heart was so touched. I went to China in 2010 to bring home our 11 year old, Jacob who did not have a special need except for his age. And in 2012, I went back to China to bring home 10 year old Daniel, who had a repaired cleft palate.

At the time, we felt our family was complete with 10 children from China and Vietnam.’ In 2014 we were very humbled and honored when our U.S. Congressman selected us for an award called, “Angels in Adoption”. We traveled to Washington D.C. to receive this award with our children.

I had always been an advocate for orphan children on Yahoo groups. However, for about 2 years I stopped being an advocate. I felt that I had to start advocating again. I joined Facebook in April 2015 of this year. I clicked on anybody to join who had a heart for orphans needing the love of families.

judyandaaronThen, one day in May of this year – 2015 – I saw an “aging out ” boy in China. According to China’s law, once a child turns 14, he/she can never be adopted. I advocated so hard for him but nobody came forward to adopt him. I called several agencies to get their opinion. They told me that there wasn’t enough time to bring him home before he turned 14 on Oct. 25, 2015. Then I called CCAI, an agency in Colorado, which told me that they would try to help bring him home. I had my FB friends to rally around me, and a wonderful agency and social worker, CCCWA in Beijing, to expedite the process, and an “angel” USCIS officer, Brenda Langewisch, who was wonderful in expediting their approvals.

I had a social worker who told me that we could bring home 2 children home, so I saw a 12 year old boy who had wanted a family of his own for many years.

On October 5 of this year, my 15 year old daughter (who was 2 when she came home from China) and myself left for China to bring home our two sons. After I did their adoption process in 2 different provinces we went to Guangzhou to get their Visas at the U.S Consulate. I adopted our Samuel 2 weeks before his 14th birthday. After we arrived home and landed on U.S soil, according to Hague adoptions, our sons were U.S citizens!!! We feel so blessed to have Samuel and Aaron in our family. And, as with the other children in our family, they are adjusting well to their new family, and their new lives in America.

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

TOO CUTE TUESDAY: Jin

Happy Too Cute Tuesday! This week we’d like to introduce you to this adorable youngster Jin!

Jin is a very quiet, reserved child that rarely cries or makes trouble and loves to listen to music. Jin has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Currently, Jin is unable to crawl and roll over and often times has trouble sitting up for long periods of time. He is working on controlling his head as well as responding to the music that he listens to and he sleeps sound throughout the night. Help Jin find his forever family! Please help us find his forever family and share his story!

He 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! Jin is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Heart disease.

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

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

HOPE FOR ORPHANS: RootedATX Conference

LOGOHas your adoption or foster care left you struggling? Our friends at Hope for Orphans know adoptive and foster families across America that are struggling with children with PTSD, neglect, hurt, and rejection in their past. Many of these families are in full crisis and their church or orphan ministry is not positioned to help. This is why they are excited to announce RootedATX, a conference that has been prayerfully designed for these families. We hope that you can join them on November 6 & 7 in Austin, TX as they seek to equip families to parent their children with the Gospel.

bridgeRooted ATX is presented by Hope for Orphans in partnership with the For the City Network and hosted by Austin Stone Community Church. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas at the Austin Stone Community Church West Campus Ministry Center located in Westlake Hills.

Speakers will include:

LIVE
• Dr. Larry Bergstrom M.D.: Mayo Clinic
• Jeremy Lelek P.hD.: President of the Association of Biblical Counselors

BY VIDEO
• Dr. Kevin Peck: Lead Pastor of Austin Stone Community Church
• Pastor Halim Suh: Pastor of Teaching and Theology at Austin Stone Community Church
• Dr. Paul Tripp: Pastor and International Speaker
• Voddie Bauchum: Pastor and Dean of the Seminary at African Christian University
• Jon Bergeron P.hD.: Clinical Psychologist
• Jill Minnix: Women’s Bible Teacher
• Robin Pennington: Hope for Orphans’ Co-founder

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Rooted Digital Resource Trailer from Hope for Orphans on Vimeo.