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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On January 13, 2014, Congressional Quarterly (CQ) highlighted the “Children in Families First” bill in an article entitled A Treaty’s Orphans. CQ Weekly interviewed CCAI Executive Director, Kathleen Strottman, regarding the bill. Click here to read the article.
CCAI Report – What Barriers Remain: Areas of Needed Adoption and Foster Care Reform in the 113th Congress
CCAI REPORT RELEASE What Barriers Remain: Areas of Needed Adoption and Foster Care Reform in the 113th Congress This coming Saturday, November 23rd, we will celebrate National Adoption Day and approximately 4,500 adoptions of children in foster care that will … Continue reading
In April of this year, at little girl named Daria, who would have turned 3 in May, died from an undiagnosed heart ailment in her orphanage in Nizhny Novgorod, a city about 250 miles east of Moscow. While the death … 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
Three months after I became CCAI’s Executive Director I received a call from a frantic mother whose son’s orphanage, Casa Quivera, had been raided by the Guatemalan authorities the night before. The raid, she was told, was a part of … Continue reading
Today’s guest blog post is written by Dustin Haley, a CCAI 2013 intern, University of Texas undergraduate student, and former foster youth. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is rolled out, many former foster youth will have increased availability for … Continue reading
Following the January 22, 2013 Russian Supreme Court Letter on Implementation of Federal Law No. 272-FZ, CCAI has continued to work closely with Members of Congress and our partners inside Russia. In situations like these, CCAI’s priority is to ensure … 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
Note: This article originally appeared in The Chronicle of Social Change. While the nation bemoans a “gridlocked” Congress and Comedy Central’s Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both Presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I … Continue reading
CCAI’s Foster Youth Interns (FYI) have released a report, “Hear Me Now.” In it, the former foster youth share their personal experiences as well as policy recommendations to address child welfare issues, including: Use of psychotropic medication among foster youth, … Continue reading