World Sight Day 2021

October is World Blindness Awareness Month and today is World Sight Day, designed to bring awareness to the spectrum of visual diversity. Please join CCAI in celebrating our precious adopted and waiting children who have vision differences!  

Read below about the Puls family, who adopted a son named Mo with low vision from Taiwan:

Adopting a child, especially a child with a specific need will change you. We adopted a child with a vision impairment two years ago. When we started the process, I thought the vision issue would be a bigger deal, but it’s not something that worries me anymore. The hardest part is watching my child work harder than his peers or struggle with more manageable tasks for other children. Having a blind or visually impaired child makes you see the world differently and allows you to notice things you may not have noticed otherwise. Communities have many resources, and local schools have assistive technology that can help children. Some great teachers and advocates want to help, so we’re not navigating alone. Our child has low vision, but his daily life isn’t impacted thanks to magnifiers and other technology. 

Adopting has changed our life for the better. Someone else’s story is now part of you, and you’re never the same. The world as you know it is a different place – a more important place, a more nuanced place, a more broken and yet beautiful place. And because of that, the wins and successes are super high. Blindness, low vision, or vision impairment do not equal a lower quality of life – it’s just different. As I watch my kid run on the soccer field, I don’t think about his vision impairment or fear for his future. I think about how my kid is thriving, happy, and healthy. I think about how lucky his teammates and coaches are to know him and how they’re learning tolerance, acceptance, and inclusion. I’m so thankful he is ours. We could have missed this, and instead, we get to live it. What a gift!

Mo is enjoying his new scooter!

If you are interested in adopting a child with a visual condition, please email us at mail@ccaifamily.org. If you would like to learn more about our Taiwan program, please email us at Taiwan@ccaifamily.org or click here.

If you would like to know more about World Sight Day or Blindness Awareness Month, click here.

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Too Cute Tuesday!- Checking in with the Robinson Family

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Meet the Robinsons! We introduced this beautiful family in March 2020 when they were waiting to adopt their sweet son Josh from Taiwan. Adoption touches some families in personal ways, and it changes the course of their lives forever. The Robinsons are one of those families. Rachel and Corey, who brought their son home nine months ago, witnessed the miracle of adoption firsthand through the adoption of their sisters and cousins during childhood. This spark set off a spectacular chain of events in their lives that would eventually lead them to their adoption 20 years later.¬†If you’d like to read their pre-adoption story, click¬†here.

Mom says (like any adoption) that “the time home has had its challenges, but Josh fits in perfectly with our family, and we cannot imagine our lives without him.” His English has soared with 90% understanding of what they say. Google Translate has become an app of the past! Thankfully, Josh still enjoys some TV shows and movies in Mandarin. They think it’s pretty remarkable that he can speak and understand two languages (we think so too)!

Rachel and Corey have discovered that Josh is notably athletic! They are thrilled to play soccer and basketball with him in the fall and spend some additional time hitting the slopes this winter. Their family savors being outdoors, fishing, playing games, cooking, and occasionally eating out at Hot Pot and McDonald’s. Josh attended summer school in America for the first time in June and adored it! He’s currently starting 1st grade this fall.

It amazes us to see how much the Robinson family has grown and transformed. This past year brought many adjustments in their lives, but they have transitioned better than expected in many ways. Their faith is more robust, as they have seen God’s hand in the adoption process. The adoption training has come in handy, and Rachel says that their parenting skills have grown as they learn what works best for Josh. Above all, they are thankful to those who showed him love in Taiwan before they could have their new son in their arms forever.

If you would like to learn more about adopting from Taiwan, please click here or email us at taiwan@ccaifamily.org.