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FCC .聖路易時報 攜手合作 傳承弘提中華文化

FCC - Growing Up Connected

Families with Children from China St. Louis (FCC) is an organization of American families who have adopted children from China. Common to our families is the desire to actively integrate our children's Chinese culture into our family life so the children will grow up closely acquainted with - and proud of their Chinese heritage




November is...
National Adoption Awareness Month

Did you know?
More than 20 years ago, Massachusetts was the first state to make an Adoption Week Proclamation. The idea took hold on a national level in 1988 when President Reagan issued an Adoption Week Proclamation. Every president since has issued such a proclamation in November.

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Who We Are

Families with Children from China St. Louis (FCC) is an organization of American families who have adopted children from China. Common to our families is the desire to actively integrate our children's Chinese culture into our family life so the children will grow up closely acquainted with-and proud of their Chinese heritage.

Founded by a handful of families in 1996, FCC-St. Louis reflects the growing numbers of families throughout the United States with Chinese adopted children. FCC chapters are represented in most major U.S. cities and also in Canada and Britain. Chapters are independent from each other and are organized around local needs and resources. 

The mission of FCC St. Louis is to build a community of support for the healthy development of members' children through:

  • Educational opportunities for learning about Chinese culture and developmental issues specific to raising children adopted from China.

  • Children's and family activities to help all learn about Chinese culture.

  • Opportunities for socializing and networking among families in order to enable peer support and community building.

Preserving Our Children's Culture

Most FCC families knew little about their children's heritage prior to traveling to China. Being part of FCC builds upon what was learned on the trip so children come to know and appreciate the culture of their birthplace. Families are kept informed about cultural and adoption topics and events via the quarterly newsletter, FCC Connections, and with regular mailings. 

Additionally, FCC sponsors workshops and programs of interest to both parents and children. Several programs have proved popular over the years so now take place annually. They are: the Chinese New Year party with a silent auction featuring cultural items; the FCC Culture Day where children enjoy fun activities, adults attend informative sessions, and the entire group is entertained by Chinese performers; and the moon festival celebration. FCC welcomes the participation of Chinese Americans at its functions. FCC is currently recruiting volunteers-pre-teens, teens and adults-to work at this year's Culture Day tentatively scheduled in the beginning of June. Please e-mail Mary Simms at 636-458-3857 if you are interested in helping.

In addition to disseminating Chinese culture to FCC families, the organization serves as a support network for waiting families and provides the chance to socialize among families with similar interests. Informal gatherings allow waiting families to talk to adoptive parents about the journey on which they are to embark. Adoptive parents enjoy the opportunity to share stories and compare notes as the children play with each other.

FCC St. Louis continuously strives to cultivate relationships with members of the local Asian-American community which in turn enhances the children's knowledge of Chinese culture and language. The community has welcomed our children with open arms. These relationships add an invaluable dimension to the organization. Since building these connections strengthens the exchange and understanding between cultures...between people....FCC is glad to be publishing the column, "Growing Up Connected". This bi-weekly column will report on topics such as immigration laws affecting Chinese adoptions, cultural resources, the journey to China by local adoptive families, the parenting experience, integrating culture into the blended family, and Chinese adoption laws. 

Come visit FCC St. Louis at our website: www.fccstl.org

Anyone interested in becoming a member, or a friend of FCC member can call Nancy Mietzner at 636-527-3010. FCC, a nondenominational organization, is not affiliated with any specific adoption agency. Membership is open to families who have already adopted and those in the process of Chinese adoption and people wishing to support the organization. 




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