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
We are pleased to share with you the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) 2014 Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Report Shaping Tomorrow with Today’s Minds. In it, former foster youth share their personal experiences and creative federal policy recommendations that address … Continue reading
By Ashleigh Davenport; 2014 FYI Resident Assistant CCAI is excited to welcome the 2014 Foster Youth Interns (FYI’s) to Washington, D.C. to begin their summer interning on Capitol Hill. This internship provides individuals who have spent a significant amount of … Continue reading
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