Photo Essay: An Inside Look at the 2015 Angels in Adoption™ Program


CCAI’s Angels in Adoption™ Program consists of three days of events in Washington, D.C. where those who have made an extraordinary contribution in the lives of children through adoption or foster care are celebrated by Members of Congress.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2015 Angels in Adoption™ Program!

CCAI kicked off the Angels in Adoption™ activities with a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building!
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chair, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), spoke to Angels in Adoption™ honorees at the Senate Congressional Breakfast.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chair, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), celebrated the Roland Family’s recent adoption at the Senate Congressional Breakfast.
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CCAI Advisory Council Member, U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), congratulated his constituents, the Lightner Family, at the Congressional Luncheon.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chair, U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), congratulated Angels in Adoption™ honorees Bruce and Denise Kendrick for opening their hearts and home to children in need of a loving family.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with Angels in Adoption™ honorees during Hill Day.
2015 Angels in Adoption™  Gala Red Carpet! Left to Right: Becky Weichhand, Jack Gerard, Claudette Gerard, Erik Barrus, Korie and Willie Robertson.


Gala emcee’s Willie and Korie Robertson shared from their hearts: “We are honored and humbled to be a part of the Angels in Adoption™ Gala again this year. Adoption has been a huge blessing to our family and we want to do all that we can to support adoptive parents and help children in need find their forever families.” (Korie’s new book “Strong and Kind” releases on October 19th.)
CCAI Executive Director, Becky Weichhand, spoke about CCAI’s mission of children in families. “The  Angels in Adoption™ Program is an opportunity to share the story of the heroes who have helped children in U.S. foster care and orphans around the world realize their basic right to a family.”
Foster Youth Intern Alumni, Erik Barrus, received a hug from his adoptive dad, Craig Barrus. During the Gala, Erik shared his story of being adopted at age 18 out of foster care. CCAI surprised Erik on stage by flying in Craig from his home in Montana. “My parents gave me the gift of family, as well as a chance at a bright future–things I didn’t have growing up and didn’t even think were attainable. Being part of a family was something I always hoped for, but never thought was possible for me to have. I honestly was not sure that I was worthy of such a beautiful gift.”


Emmy nominated actress, Connie Britton’s acceptance speech. “I can’t imagine anything that would mean more to me than receiving this award.”
Singer and actress, Rachel Crow received her Angels in Adoption™ award from Congressional Coalition on Adoption Co-Chair U.S. Representative Trent Franks. “I am motivated to see that each child feels loved and important and is given the opportunity to find a stable, loving home that will enable them to pursue their talents and dreams – just like I was.”
Rachel Crow invited all who had been in foster care or adopted to join her on stage as she sang “Fight Song.”




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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.

One thought on “Photo Essay: An Inside Look at the 2015 Angels in Adoption™ Program

  1. It was truly a honor to be there and be able to share in the events, and to be able to share with others about the event. In particular, I was touched at the Gala when one of your interns shared his story about growing up in group home care and then being fortunate to find a permanent home (through adoptions) to call home. And, to have his adoptive father be there to share the experience unbeknownst to the intern was extra special. His response was precious. I continue to re-tell the story and emphasize the value of “home” for the children growing up in a State’s care. Thank you.

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