The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides. CCAI is unique in that each of their programs brings together policymakers and individuals with direct foster care or adoption experience. They have found that when policymakers hear direct experiences of those affected by orphan and child welfare policy, they become engaged in this issue and work to bring about legislative improvements in an effort to ensure each child has their right to a family realized.
CCAI was founded in 2001 by advocates of the world’s orphaned and foster youth. In founding CCAI, these advocates sought to match the commitment of members of Congress’ Adoption Caucus, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, with the information and resources needed to make the dream of a family a reality for every child.
Their vision is a world in which every child knows the love and support of a family.
Mission: The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving families and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family.
Their goals are to educate policymakers on issues related to adoption and foster care in an effort to remove policy barriers that hinder children from finding families. Realizing that policymakers have the power to overcome such barriers, CCAI aims to coordinate efforts to bring about change to foster care and adoption, while creating opportunities for awareness-building and information-sharing among U.S. and world officials.
CCAI educates and raises 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.
-Angels in Adoption - The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption™ Program honors individuals, couples, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families.
-Foster Youth Internship - CCAI's Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Program is a highly esteemed Congressional Internship for young adults who spent time in the foster care system.
-Congressional Resource Program (CRP) - Through its Congressional Resource Program (CRP), CCAI is an educational resource for information critical to adoption and foster care policy. Their forums and reports provide ideal opportunities for individuals with personal experience with adoption and foster care to communicate directly with policymakers in an effort to better serve children in need of families.
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