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FCA 2018 Travel Grant

Adoption is a Lifelong Journey…

For the 5th year, FCA will offer a $1,000 grant to help members offset the costs of culturally enriching activities.  We have expanded the opportunities we will fund this year.  The FCA board feels that these experiences are valuable milestones along an adoptee's life journey, as an individual and as part of a family.

Opportunities

Our grant funds one of several opportunities: Heritage Travel to China, with any of the Heritage travel companies;  a domestic Adopteen conference - http://adopteen.org/; Family Culture camp, to include Family Chinese Language Camp at Concordia - http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org; Heritage Camp for Adoptive Families - http://www.heritagecamps.org/chinese.html.

Terms & Rules

The adoptee her or himself, or the adult for a heritage trip, will complete the simple application. The application process assumes financial need. The application is the first step, and qualifies the applicant to be chosen at a random drawing. FCA Board members are ineligible.

The applications are available (see below), and must be received postmarked January 31, 2018.  The recipient will be chosen at random at the February 11th Chinese New Year event. 

After receiving the grant and completing the travel within 18 months, the recipient is obliged to share the details of the trip, in an essay and in a presentation to the FCA community within a reasonable time frame.

GRANT APPLICATIONS; please click to download application.  Questions?  Email president@fcamidwest.com

 


Our two previous recipients share their experiences:

CHINA, 2014

Kila Panchot

Last year I received the Heritage Travel Grant from FCA. My mom and I used it to travel to China through Red Thread Tours during the winter of 2014. I can honestly say that my trip was one of the best in my life. As an adoptee, this trip was my first time returning to China, and without the grant I would not have been able to have made all of the great memories.

The trip was a fantastic experience filled with life changing moments. Over the two weeks we visited Beijing, Xian, Changsha, my orphanage city of Youxian in Hunan Province, and concluded the tour in Shanghai.   My favorite experience was walking through the bustling Muslim Street Market in Xian. When you stepped into that street, you became completely immersed in the Chinese culture and felt entirely a part of it. It was like the equivalent of the Minnesota State Fair in China. Almost a year later, my mom and I still reminisce on this memory.

The most touching part of the trip was the orphanage city visit. Every adoptee has imagined the moment in their head; the moment you discover where you were born and spend the first year(s) of your life. Everyone was so loving and welcoming. They truly made me feel at home.

 I will never forget that visit and everyone that I met. My entire trip gave experiences that I could not have dreamt of, and provided a first hand idea of my true culture, adoption, and a reason to be proud of who I am.

 

ADOPTEEN, 2015 San Diego
Alex
Benham

If you are an adoptee - especially an Asian adoptee like me – lots of more words may come to mind when you hear the word Adoptee, words like: "happy,” “sad,” “angry,” “confused,” and “thankful”.  If they do, that is OK. It’s perfectly normal, and you are not alone. 

This was confirmed to me this past summer at the annual
Adopteen Conference/Camp which I attended because I was awarded a scholarship from FCA.  I quickly decided that this “camp” was amazing. During the day we had excursions,  (a trip to the San Diego Zoo) and a beach day. Throughout the late afternoon we participated in activities― makeup techniques, photography,
cooking, and talks about the history of adoption. The evenings turned into a big slumber party with 80 people all of whom have one
huge,life-shaping thing in common― adoption.

For a majority of the time it was all fun and games, but for a few hours one evening we got serious. We talked about what it’s like to be adopted. This was something that’s absolutely beautiful and ONLY adoptees get to be a part of. Everyone had to be present, but only participated to the extent of his or her own comfort level. There were tears, but lots of laughter, too. But, most importantly, there was a support system.
We learned that although everyone has a different story, we have a great
deal in common. If somewhere in our lives there was an emotion or a comment or and event that made us uncomfortable― well, others had similar feelings and experiences. We are not alone. I wish I had gone to this event when I was younger.

Parents, If this article did not sell your kids on attending this conference, just make them go anyway. They will experience a magical bond among those who attend unlike anything that they have ever experienced before.

You can read about the Adopteen program online at  http://adopteen.org/

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