Q: I’m a new adoptee in the community & would like to know how I can begin to get involved?
A: There are several methods by which all CCI members are able to be involved in the adoptee community. Here at CCI, members have access to all our free programs ranging from social media to in person get togethers. The amount of involvement you would like to have in the CCI community is up to the discretion of each member.
Q: I’m an adoptive parent in the community & would like to know how I can begin to get involved?
A: Adoptive parents role in the CCI community is minimal. Adoptive parents are able to join the main CCI Facebook group but are prohibited from commenting unless the adoptee has stated that they will allow all members to comment. The purpose for limiting parents involvement in CCI is to give adoptees the chance to lead within their own community. We would also very much appreciate adoptive parent donations to CCI through PayPal to continue to provide programs and services well into the future. Donations will go towards maintaining the website and paying for upkeep.
Q: How can I become involved in CCI leadership?
A: Each year the CCI board will accept applicants & host interviews for those that seek to fill open positions on the CCI board. Please see the CCI Board Member website page for further information on how to apply.
Q: I am a chinese adoptee interested in beginning a birth parent search. How do i start? Can you help me with a birth parent search?
A: We are currently in the works for a comprehensive Birth Parent Search Resources packet, but in the meantime, visit our interim Birth Parent Search Guide by clicking here. It will offer a number of strategies that Chinese adoptees have used to search for biological relatives, and it is up to you to decide which method works best for you. Unfortunately, we do not currently offer Birth Parent Searching services outside of online resources by the community.
Q: Why are so many of our programs online?
A: The short answer is because we started as an online organization because that was the first medium available for us to connect on a global scale! Also, in many ways, technology is the mode of life for our generation.
But for a longer answer, sometimes, there isn’t a local Chinese Adoptee community to meet up with in person. Often, it can feel isolating and scary when you think no one can relate to what you are going through. While we acknowledge that one of the greatest things about the adoptee community is its diversity and that no two adoptees have the same circumstances, we believe that we do often share similar issues and topics for which exchange and dialogue may be beneficial. For that, we offer adoptees a chance to immerse themselves in the international Chinese adoptee community online; an opportunity to offer and receive support through personal connection and open discussion; a platform to exchange resources, stories, and hope no matter where you are located. CCI also hopes to amplify Chinese adoptee voices and move the dialogue forward on the future of the Chinese adoptee community and on issues relevant to our members, and the best way to do this is by drawing together the full power of all Chinese adoptees, no matter the location. We are creating a community where we have the power to share our future and make our own contributions to the world.
Q: Why is CCI China-specific? (In other words, why does CCI feel the need to distinguish from the greater international adoption community?)
A: Recently, there has been a movement within the international adoptee community to move beyond country-specific groups towards universal adoptee groups, because there was a feeling of being silo-ed in when, really, we share so much in common with all adoptees. We whole-heartedly support this movement and acknowledge the value in bringing adoptees together, no matter what country they are from. However, at the same time, we also believe there is still a place for country-specific groups. While there is so much we can learn from the greater adult adoptee community, we believe that there are also aspects of being a Chinese adoptee that may be difficult for even other international adoptees to resonate with or give advice on, particularly in connection with the specific economic, social and cultural factors within China that led to large numbers of international adoptions. For instance, because of the illegality of having multiple children, many families may have resorted to abandoning children, many of whom were girls, in public places or at the gates of orphanages in hopes that they would be taken care of, rather than following procedure to give up the child through the government or through an agency. For this reason, whereas many Korean adoptees may request access to documents from their agency with which to search for biological family, most Chinese adoptees know neither the identity of our birth parents nor have a paper trail from the orphanage or the agency through which we were adopted, changing the nature of the search in critical ways. In this sense, CCI gives us a space to discuss and reflect on particular aspects of our experiences that may differ in important ways from the rest of the global adoption demographic.
A China-specific group can also add insight into the peculiarities of living, working, studying, and/or traveling in China for those adoptees who are interested in visiting.
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