A Mother’s Love

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Tales from the Zhumadian Lily Orphan Care Center

 There are some “mothers” who cherish and care for children not of their own blood, yet offer the world’s greatest maternal love.  Today let’s go into the Zhumadian Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC) to catch a glimpse of the daily lives of its nannies and children.

In the LOCC, there is a boy named Cai Kun, who was born on January 22, 2019, and abandoned shortly after birth.  When he arrived at the orphanage, he weighed only 1.3 kg (less than three pounds) and was a premature low-birthweight baby.  Because of his poor condition, he had to go to the hospital right away for treatment.  He was treated in the hospital for nearly two months before his condition had stabilized enough for him to be discharged.  He entered the LOCC in April 2019, weighing only 2 kg (4 lbs 6 oz).  His body was so thin; we could barely hear his cry.  Pale and weak, there was no light to his eyes.  Even his breathing had a sharp wheezing sound.  His weak resistance made him extremely susceptible to fall ill.  He could drink only a tiny bit amount of milk at a time, so we fed him very slowly and carefully.  Still, sometimes he would choke and spit up his milk all over us.  We would hold him in our arms and look into his eyes, with worry in our hearts.

We nannies all said: “This child is so small, with no way to tell us his needs.  We can’t let him waste what precious strength he has to cry.  He must rely on us, on everyone’s careful attention.” So with this thought in mind, all the nannies paid close attention to his expressions, carefully trying to figure out his needs.  Despite having many children to care for, the nannies checked on him every hour, day and night.  Whenever Cai Kun made a sound, a nanny would rush over to change or feed him.  Whatever it was he needed, the nannies would pick him up and gently comfort him back to sleep, fearful that his crying could suffocate him.

With the nannies’ great care and love, Cai Kun’s condition slowly improved.  We started to see life come into his eyes and a bloom grow on his cheeks.  His crying also got louder!  Now he can roll over, lift his head, and do his best to creep forward.  Best of all, he now weighs 6 kg (over 13 pounds)! Every day, when he sees his nannies come to work, he gives them a great big smile.  Nothing could make us happier than to see those big changes in this tiny little boy.

The LOCC staff often says, “Taking care of a baby under three months old is the most tiring work.”  These little babies, especially preemies, constantly need to be fed, checked on, and carefully watched.  As parents know, it’s exhausting both physically and mentally.  However, although the work is demanding, it is these smallest children who have the biggest changes.  When we as nannies see them growing stronger, with rosy cheeks and smiles on their faces, all of our exhaustion vanishes into thin air.  For the nannies, love is never a request; it is not an exchange of equal value, but giving it is a heavy responsibility.  The LOCC children may not have “mothers,” but they have the same maternal love.

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Look at the difference that the loving care and nurture of an “LOCC Mother” can make in a child’s life….

Cai Kun, September 2019

CCAI Support China Social Workers Development

China SWS Training

China’s orphan care is coming to a new stage with the government’s call to build a Social Worker System. On February 24th, CCAI Director of Adoption Judy Winger and social worker Moya Smith flew to Wuxi, China to provide a five-day training to orphanage social workers from orphanages across China. From child care history theories, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, foster care family management, to team building and field experiment, Judy and Moya spent hours teaching, engaging, and challenging social workers on how to build a child-centered system and environment.

CCAI co-sponsored the social worker training financially, a charitable investment that will no doubt impact many orphans’ lives!

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Colorado Gives Day is Here!

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Today is Colorado Gives Day and thousands of people in our community and across the state will show their support for the causes close to their heart.

We would be honored if you would keep CCAI in mind when you give on this special day. No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in Colorado Gives Day and make your donation go further.


This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund increases the value of every dollar donated proportionally. This means, when you donate to CCAI through Colorado Gives, your money will go even further! Even better, you can still specify where you would like your gift to go, such as toward a favorite program like JCCS or Adopteen, or 100% to our charity efforts around the world!

Thank you for your passionate support.


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Joshua Zhong & Lily Nie

What 2018 Brought Us — CCAI Circle 2018

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Our 2018 CCAI Circle Newsletter is finally out!  Read about all that 2018 brought us and learn about some exciting new happenings that 2019 has in store for our community! China’s changing policies, CCAI’s Eastern Europe and Taiwan program updates, amazing family stories, MyTaproot birth family search, our new The Park Adoption Community Center — It’s all here!


Kids Helping Kids: Marabella’s Annual Fundraiser

For 11-year-old Marabella, the best Christmas gift is not something for herself, but for those orphans still living in orphanages who are without the loving care her adoptive mom and dad have constantly showered upon her.  How she helps? An Art Exhibition her parents and sibling have been organizing every December for the last five years.  Marabella and her sisters are passionate about art and they create beautiful art throughout the year for this meaningful annual event.  Every year, Marabella selects CCAI as her charity to receive all the money she raises through the art exhibition!

Marabella with her faithful supporters and CCAI co-founders, Lily and Josh

With the help of CCAI’s Children Charity Fund, 100% of Marabella’s donations go directly toward purchasing much needed supplies for orphanage children in China.  Thank you, Marabella, for your passionate and beautiful investment in making a difference and changing lives!

Christmas Greetings from Our LOCC’s!

Happy holidays from our LOCC staff and the amazing kiddos we work with every day! May your season be bright and merry and your hearts be warmed in the company of loved ones, near and far.


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With your passionate giving, we received an incredible $29,600+ in donations from #ColoradoGivesDay alone, beating last year’s numbers by over $10,000!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of our overwhelmed hearts, for choosing CCAI as one of your charities to support. In this season of giving, we know how tight money can be. Words cannot express our gratitude for such an amazing turn out!

Please continue sharing your CCAI stories with friends and family. As the year wraps up, we hope 2017 continues to shatter records in our passionate mission to support our families and the children still waiting for their own forever families.

Thank you.

Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Colorado Gives Day 2017

Today is the day!

Colorado Gives Day has arrived! No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in Colorado Gives Day and make your donation go further.

We would be honored if you would keep CCAI in mind when making donations through Colorado Gives, today. In our 25 years of service, CCAI has strived to provide a legacy of vital and unique support for orphanages, children, and families in our adoption community and beyond. This has been possible solely due to the generosity and passion of our donors.

Colorado Gives Day is a day that gives back to all the non-profits in Colorado. Every dollar you give goes further on Colorado Gives Day. For every donation, First Bank matches 10 percent up to $1 million!

Last year, you helped us raise an incredible $15,105 on Colorado Gives Day! Visit https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27901 today and help us make an even bigger impact this year!

So, invite your friends, invite your family, invite that stranger you met at the grocery store…invite everyone! With a little help from our friends, thousands of children’s lives will be changed for the better, forever!

Thank you 🙂

An Update from Our CCAI Charity Team in China!

Our CCAI Charity team is off to a great start in 2017 – here’s an update on just a few of the projects we’re completing to kick the year off in China!

YiBin Diapers


In YiBin, our adorable kiddos are celebrating their annual massive delivery of diapers! This delivery is funded by a wonderful donor that has given to our Charity Fund since 2006!  Amazing!

Christy’s Legacy of Hope

Every year, Karen DePriest and Christy’s Legacy of Hope donates to CCAI’s Charity Fund to purchase clothes, blankets, educational toys and more for orphanages in need in the Henan province. So far this year, the kids in 4 Henan orphanages are ecstatic to receive puzzles, blocks, and shirts courtesy of Christy’s Legacy of Hope!  We are so proud to partner with Karen and her amazing organization.

Christy’s Legacy of Hope was founded in memory of the late Christy DePriest Wright. You can read more about Christy’s Legacy of Hope and their inspirational story at www.christyslegacyofhope.com.






Anonymous Donor in YeXian










In YeXian province, a donor that wishes to remain anonymous made a very generous gift that allowed the orphanage there to purchase an incubator. This gift was made in honor of a loved one that passed away, and all that she asked was that it goes where there is the greatest need.  YeXian sees many premature babies that are very difficult to care for, and an incubator can be life-saving in many instances.  This was truly a blessing!

Kickee Pants




Through happy and very fortuitous circumstance, CCAI was connected to Kickee Pants, an organization that specializes in clothes for infants and toddlers. This organization made an incredibly generous donation to our program in the form of 4,300 items of clothing spread out to 24 different orphanages in China!  Wow!  On top of donating this clothing, they even provided the shipping from the U.S. to China!  We were blown away by the kindness of this organization, and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Very special mention must be made to our amazing orphanage and Charity staff in China, who took the time once these packages arrived to individually inspect each piece of clothing and distribute them accordingly. We are forever grateful to have an amazing staff to partner with in our mission to serve the orphans of China.



Did you know that our Charity team can plan special birthday celebrations for the children in China? If you have a child waiting to be adopted, or are sponsoring a child, check with our Charity staff to see if we can plan a special event for your little one.  It is easiest for us to do a celebration for any child that is currently in a Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC), but we can always check with other orphanages, as well.









Our Charity team continues their diligent work every day in pursuit of serving the beautiful children of China. Annually, the CCAI Children’s Charity Fund spends over half a million dollars in service to this mission, funded by all of the amazing individuals and families that hold China’s orphans in their hearts.

If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life today, give our Charity team a call at (303) 850-9998 x. 17 or email charity@ccaifamily.org to discuss helping a project in need or creating a new project dear to your heart.