CCAI’s MissionThe Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) educates and advocates to raise awareness of the needs of children without families. By convening policymakers, issue experts and individuals with direct foster care or adoption experience, CCAI works to ensure that every child knows the love and support of a family.
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At CCAI, we believe that one child without a family is one child too many. Right this very minute, more than 100,000 children in the United States’ foster care system are waiting to be adopted. Last year, nearly 30,000 foster … Continue reading
By Athena Madison All I have ever wanted was to be adopted. I have been in and out of the foster care system since I was eight years old. My mother passed away when I was seven and my father … Continue reading
CCAI Executive Director Kathleen Strottman’s Statement Regarding Supreme Court Decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl “Through my work with current and former foster youth, I have learned that having a strong sense of one’s culture, heritage and identity is … Continue reading
CCAI Angel in Adoption, Rebecca Vahle, is an Adoption Liaison at Parker Adventist Hospital where she works on the Family to Family Adoption Support program. We asked Rebecca to write about why she decided to start this initiative and her … Continue reading
As a boy, renowned author Robert Louis Stevenson lived on a hillside in Scotland, his family’s home overlooking a small town below. Robert was intrigued by the work of the old lamplighters who went about with a ladder and a … Continue reading
Tennis legend Arthur Ashe once said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” I have always loved this quote and have tried to make the sentiment behind it part of the mission and work of … Continue reading
This morning, former CCAI Foster Youth Intern (FYI), Talitha James, testified before Congress at the hearing Letting Kids Be Kids: Balancing Safety with Opportunity for Foster Youth. Below is Talitha’s testimony, which speaks to the importance of normalcy for children in … Continue reading
I remember well how I learned that when it comes to the welfare of a child, a single committed person can make a difference. I was in my first year at law school, having just left my Jesuit Volunteer work … Continue reading
CCAI was honored to host a delegation of Guatemalan judges, child welfare administrators and social work professionals for a judicial and administrative child welfare training tour in the United States in April 2013. We invited these individuals to participate in … Continue reading