Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Names New Director of Policy


For more information contact Allison Coble at or 202-544-8500



 WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2015 – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), partnered nonprofit to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), is pleased to welcome Christen Krzywonski Glickman as the organization’s Director of Policy. She will lead CCAI’s government relations, education and advocacy strategies in domestic and international child welfare, permanency and adoption policy.

 “My primary goal is to expand CCAI’s impact among policymakers and the child welfare community by working together on nonpartisan policies to improve the lives of children,” said Christen Glickman, CCAI Director of Policy. “With the stalwart leadership of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chairs, I am confident that we will continue to eliminate policy barriers that hinder children from finding forever families.”

 Prior to joining CCAI, Glickman most recently consulted independently on childhood trauma, child welfare, and education policy. Christen previously advised Senator Evan Bayh – a former member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption – on issues affecting children and families, including intercountry adoption. She also served as Legislative Director for Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas when he was a State Representative.

 As part of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, Glickman was instrumental in the “Protect Our Kids Act of 2012,” which created the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Glickman helped prosecutors across the country with difficult child maltreatment cases and assisted Members of Congress with legislative analysis on various child maltreatment topics as Staff Attorney for the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

 “Christen is a longtime friend of CCAI since her days working with Senator Evan Bayh. She continued to stay involved in our work as a volunteer year after year. Her commitment to CCAI is a tremendous gift, and we are honored that she has joined our team. Christen’s policy analysis expertise and collaborative approach to improving children’s policy are extraordinary,” said Becky Weichhand, CCAI’s Executive Director.

 Glickman was also a Graduate Public Interest Fellow at the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, and earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she represented children involved with abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency cases and was awarded for her pro bono work. Glickman is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Texas.

 For fourteen years, CCAI has been an established resource for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, the United States Congress’ caucus on adoption and permanency for children. The CCA is the largest bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Member organization and works to engage Members of Congress on issues pertaining to children in need of permanency, and domestic and international child welfare, as well as to advocate for every child’s right to a safe, stable and loving family. CCAI works to provide federal policymakers with the information and resources needed to make the dream of a family a reality for every child through its core programs, including the Angels in Adoption™ Program, the Foster Youth Internship Program™ and 20/20 Vision Delegations.


 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.

 For more information or to learn more about the work of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, visit or contact Allison Coble at or 202.544.8500.