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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Category Archives: Foster Youth Internship
CCAI would like to take a moment to honor the tens of thousands of social workers who dedicate their lives to protecting our world’s most vulnerable children. We also will continue to fight for the policies and programs social workers … Continue reading
CCAI Foster Youth Intern’s Congressional Report leads to FAFSA Fix at the U.S. Department of Education
During her summer in Washington, D.C., CCAI Foster Youth Intern (FYI) Maurissa Sorensen brought to light a troubling problem surrounding higher education and foster youth in the United States. In the 2012 Foster Youth Internship Report, Hear Me Now, Maurissa … Continue reading
Giving Thanks By Kathleen Strottman Despite the daunting winter weather, today millions of Americans will take to the roads, the air and the rails to travel home in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. I cannot think of a better example … 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
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
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Holiday Newsletter is available here. Highlights include: National Adoption Day 2012 CCAI/CASA Holiday Wish List Program Kathleen Strottman: All I want for Christmas is a Family for Every Child CCAI Field Visit to Columbus, Ohio … Continue reading
As if graduating from Harvard isn’t impressive enough, former CCAI Foster Youth Intern (FYI) Maurissa Sorensen has yet another impressive accolade to add to her portfolio: Legislative Change Agent. Each year the FYIs produce a legislative report in which they … Continue reading
In celebration of National Adoption Month, CCAI asked former Foster Youth Intern, Ashley Lepse, to share about the day the judge and her family finalized her adoption. “Can I hit it again?!” I asked the judge as I held the … Continue reading
Like most Americans, I spent today reflecting on the many blessings in my life. Not the least of which, is my family with whom I enjoyed today’s Thanksgiving feast. Yet, this is also a day where I stop to reflect … Continue reading
In a special live edition of FamilyLife Today, hosts Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine interviewed two former CCAI Foster Youth Interns, Chey Gethers and Mary Lee. Chey and Mary spoke about their lives in the foster care system, the struggles … Continue reading