CCAI Names Senator Mary Landrieu as Board of Directors President

MEDIA ADVISORY – DECEMBER 18, 2018

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CONGRESSIONAL COALITION ON ADOPTION INSTITUTE NAMES SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU AS BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec 18, 2018 – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) announced that former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has agreed to rejoin the Board of Directors and has been elected Chair.

During her three terms in the United States Senate, Senator Landrieu was known as the champion of adoption and children in need of families. She helped to establish and co-chair the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and, in that capacity, led dozens of congressional delegations both domestically and internationally that focused on child welfare and permanency for children.  In addition, she worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass significant and transformative legislation that has improved the process and outcomes for children in foster care here at home and for orphans around the world.

“We are thrilled that Senator Landrieu has agreed to rejoin the Board of Directors as Chair. There is no more qualified or passionate leader to help move CCAI into this next chapter,” said Susan Neely, CCAI Board Vice President and President and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers. “As an original founder of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Senator Landrieu championed the issues of adoption and vulnerable children with tireless dedication and helped elevate these issues in Congress in an unprecedented way. We are confident that she will continue to do so as CCAI Board President and we are so grateful for her willingness to serve in this capacity.”

“I am looking forward to working closely with our new Interim Director, our Board members, Advisory Board members, many donors and friends to continue the important work of CCAI in the years to come,” said Senator Landrieu.

With the addition of Senator Landrieu, Senior Policy Advisor for Van Ness Feldman, current CCAI Board of Directors are: Susan Neely of the American Council of Life Insurers, Russell Sullivan of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Brad Bondi of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Susan Hirschmann of Williams & Jensen, and Korie and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty.

“We welcome Senator Landrieu to a dedicated and talented board,” said Bethany Haley, Interim Executive Director of CCAI. “We truly look forward to the many ways we will benefit from her leadership, expertise and passion for the world’s vulnerable children.”

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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.

 For more information or to learn more about the work of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, visit www.ccainstitute.org or contact Bethany Haley at bethany@ccainstitute.org or 202.544.8500.

CCAI Names Bethany Haley Interim Executive Director

MEDIA ADVISORY – DECEMBER 18, 2018

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CONGRESSIONAL COALITION ON ADOPTION INSTITUTE NAMES BETHANY HALEY INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec 18, 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) announced that it has appointed Bethany Haley to the position of Interim Executive Director.

“Bethany brings deep experience and policy expertise in all of the issues that are at the core of CCAI’s mission, having served two Members of Congress and worked closely for years with our late Executive Director, Becky Weichhand. Through her years of helping to manage the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, she developed numerous key relationships in the child welfare community, both on and off the Hill, and is passionate about helping to facilitate bipartisan collaboration on behalf of children in need of families. She is the perfect leader to jump in and keep us moving forward,” said Susan Neely, CCAI Board Vice President and President and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers.

Prior to this role, Bethany worked on Capitol Hill for close to 12 years, first as a communications director and then as a senior policy advisor on domestic and international vulnerable children’s issues. In the latter capacity, working for two recent co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Bethany managed multiple international congressional delegations, hosted briefings and roundtable discussions for Members of Congress and staff, and coordinated bipartisan support for multiple legislative initiatives.

“I am so deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to carry on the vision and mantle of CCAI that was stewarded so well by my dear friend Becky Weichhand. CCAI’s mission is as urgent and relevant today as it ever was, and I am excited to join with the amazing staff who are equally committed to making family a reality for the many children still waiting,” said Bethany Haley, CCAI Interim Executive Director.

For 17 years, CCAI has been an established resource for the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Coalition on Adoption, the United States Congress’ caucus on adoption and permanency for children. 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 Angels in Adoption®, the Foster Youth Internship Program®, and 20/20 Vision delegations.

CCAI is governed by a Board of Directors whose members include Susan Neely of the American Council of Life Insurers, Russell Sullivan of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Brad Bondi of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Susan Hirschmann of Williams & Jensen, and Korie and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty.

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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.

 For more information or to learn more about the work of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, visit www.ccainstitute.org or contact Kate McLean at kate@ccainstitute.org or 202.544.8500.

A Message from CCAI on Becky Weichhand

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It is with great sadness that we share the news that our passionate and loving Executive Director, Becky Weichhand, has lost her valiant battle with cancer. She passed away on November 27, 2018 surrounded by family and some of her many friends. We have lost our vibrant leader and dear friend.

A celebration of life was held in Washington, DC on November 30, 2018 at Miracle Theatre. A taping of this service may be viewed here. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to CCAI in honor of Becky’s love, leadership and lifetime commitment to a family for every child. Donations may be made at ccainstitute.org/get-involved/donate

The Board of Directors is preparing an interim leadership plan. We will share an update with you soon. The Board along with the staff remain committed to CCAI’s mission. Becky is so deeply missed and we share in grieving the loss of a tremendous individual who touched the lives of so many, and will continue to do so through her legacy of love and grace.

If the CCAI Team can be of assistance during this difficult time, please email us at info@ccainstitute.org or call (202) 544-8500.