Colorado mom saves thousands of children

Kelly E.

Lily Nie is a remarkable mother and advocate for children

Photo by Tanaphong Toochinda on Unsplash

Colorado mother Lily Nie, along with her husband Josh, have found homes in the US for more than 8,000 abandoned children. The Chinese children, mostly girls, have no options to live with extended family and many spend months or even years living in orphanages.

Lily and her husband started their agency, Chinese Children Adoption International (CCAI), in 1992 led by compassion for these vulnerable children.

"As more orphanages opened up to international adoption, Lily and Josh saw the dilapidated state of these state-run orphanages and the lack of training the staff received, particularly in regards to special needs children." --CCAI website

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Says her husband Joshua Zhong:

"The day we decided to open an adoption agency, September 15, 1992, I joked with my wife, Lily, that we needed to be prepared to take ten or twenty children into our own home in case some of the adoptions didn’t work out."

After having twins, they decided to adopt to complete their family.

But Nie wasn't finished yet. She created the Chinese Children Charity Fund, which raises money to care for children in Chinese orphanages and helps train orphanage workers. Then in 1996 she opened a school providing cultural support for adopted Chinese children and adults and also helped create organizations in Colorado and beyond focusing on emotional support for adopted children and their families.

Nie has also written about her experiences in her book: Bound by Love-- The journey of Lily Nie and thousands of China's forsaken children.

WOW... there are extraordinary people and there are EXTRA-ORDINARY people. Couldn't put the book down. This book is all the more special to me because it is the story behind the start of the adoption agency we used to bring our daughters to us."--Donna Michel-dow on Goodreads

Nie's compassion makes her a remarkable "mother" to the thousands of vulnerable children she has helped and a role model to the rest of us.


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