As CCAI’s signature public awareness program, ANGELS IN ADOPTION™ provides Members of Congress an opportunity to honor an individual or entity that has enriched the lives of foster children or orphans. These unsung heroes hail from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and represent the wide spectrum of individuals involved in the adoption and foster care process. Since the program’s inception in 1999, over 1,600 “Angels” have received this honor. Angels are invited to attend a Washington, DC awards ceremony, press conference, and evening gala given in their honor.
Through its CONGRESSIONAL RESOURCE PROGRAM, CCAI strives to be an educational and informational resource for the 200 Members of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. Regular newsletters, briefings, press conferences and round tables provide ideal opportunities for experts and advocates to communicate with interested policy makers about the barriers that hinder children from realizing their basic right of a family.
The 20/20 VISION PROGRAM is a public-private partnership which exists to increase positive dialogue and the exchange of information among private sector individuals, foreign and domestic government officials, and Members of Congress. Over the last eight years, CCAI has organized delegations to Los Angeles, Florida, China, Romania, Russia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Uganda, and India, and has hosted leaders from around the globe in our nation’s capital. Relationships made and lessons learned through these hands-on interactions continue to inspire the work of CCAI and its Members.
The FOSTER YOUTH INTERNSHIP (FYI) PROGRAM provides talented college students who have spent their formative years in foster care an opportunity to intern in a Congressional office for a summer. The FYI program instructs these young adults in how best to bring their unique perspective and resilient spirit to bear as advocates for the needs of other waiting children. The FYI Alumni Network now represents over 90 former interns who have used their FYI experience as a foundation for a wide variety of distinguished careers.
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY (NAD) is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 130,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. For the last eight years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption profession¬als, child welfare agencies, and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care. On National Adoption Day 2008, more than 325 events were held throughout the country and more than 4,500 adoptions were finalized.