Kate McLean, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Kate leads the organization in increasing CCAI’s visibility and impact among members of the adoption, foster care, and greater child welfare community; strengthening and diversifying the organization's funding sources; and maintaining the strong relationship that exists between CCAI and Members of Congress. Kate is committed to continue supporting the caucus and CCAI community to identify and remove barriers for vulnerable children and families.
In her previous role as CCAI's Director of Programs, Kate managed the organization's outreach, development, and programming in the implementation of CCAI's core programs and annual projects including the Foster Youth Internship Program®, Angels in Adoption®, and National Adoption Day. Kate was first a CCAI Programs Intern and then Policy & Programs Associate before becoming Director of Programs and most recently Managing Director.
Originally from New York, Kate has been a District of Columbia resident for over eight years. Kate enjoys volunteering with CASA for Children of DC and has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate since 2019. Kate holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution from The George Washington University. Kate is currently enrolled in a nonprofit leadership certificate program through the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Angelique Salizan, Policy Director
Prior to joining CCAI, Angelique’s work in child welfare advocacy, policy, and reform dates back to 2013 when she participated in a New York State campaign advocating for support services for foster youth pursuing a higher education with the Children’s Aid Society, a program that is still in existence today. These efforts led to an internship and career working for the United States Senate as a congressional staff member. In fact, Angelique was first introduced to CCAI through her participation in the 2015 Foster Youth Internship Program® where she worked as a congressional intern with the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Angelique is a published author in CCAI’s Embracing Our Past, Empowering Their Future: Why Child Welfare Reform Matters on the topic of closing the educational gap for foster youth by addressing the need for educational-vocational specialists.
Angelique has a wealth of policy experience and is skilled in facilitation, community and outreach engagement, public advocacy campaigns, government and constituent relations, and has been successful at coalition and capacity building among youth, personnel, and leaders in the child welfare community locally and nationally. Her career includes roles with the offices of U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (OR) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) – both members of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption – as well as U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH). While in Senator Brown’s office, she co-led the introduction of child welfare legislation such as the Family First Transition and Support Act and the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act which passed in the 2020 omnibus spending bill.
Angelique served on the design team to produce a paper commissioned by College Promise examining how college promise programs can assist youth in or out of care in obtaining an undergraduate degree. She additionally served on the release of a policy brief detailing how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted foster youth currently in college. Angelique has also served as a consultant for the Capacity Building Center for States, an initiative of the Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, for over five years to inform and assist states and agencies in building their capacities on a host of child welfare issues. She most recently served as a Division X consultant with the Center to advise and provide consultation on youth development practices, provide policy expertise to inform planning, and contribute to continuous quality improvement efforts.
Angelique earned an associate degree in humanities from Sullivan County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University in New York as well as a Project Management Certificate from the Kent State Center for Corporate & Professional Development in Ohio. In 2020, Angelique completed a master’s in policy management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Sara Schleicher, Programs Coordinator
As Programs Coordinator, Sara leads the planning and implementation efforts for CCAI’s flagship programs and events including the Angels in Adoption® Program and Foster Youth Internship Program® as well as National Adoption Day initiatives. She is responsible for the operational success of these programs and ensures that the events in each program engage the U.S. Congress, corporations and foundations, and the child welfare community in domestic and international adoption and foster care. Sara previously worked with CCAI as their Programs Assistant, aiding in the 2018 Angels in Adoption® Program efforts.
Sara brings a wealth of international experience to the team, including a grant to Malaysia from The Fulbright U.S. Student Program under the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and additional overseas student programming. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and child and family policy from Syracuse University.