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Angels In Adoption®

Congressional Recommendations for Angels in Adoption® 2021 are OPEN and have been extended through July 23, 2021!

CCAI’s Angels in Adoption® Leadership Program and Gala honors a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions in adoption, permanency, and child welfare. Each year, the Angels in Adoption® awardees travel to Washington, D.C. to both celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issues and participate in special events designed to engage them in using their personal experience to effect change on behalf of children in need of families. CCAI also honors a select number of National Angels in Adoption® whose contributions have had a national impact.

Past recipients of this award include: Muhammad Ali, First Lady Laura Bush, Kristin Chenoweth, Scott Fujita, Deborra-lee Furness, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley, Patti LaBelle, Ne-Yo, Rhea Perlman, Shonda Rhimes, Korie and Willie Robertson, Al Roker, Jane Seymour, Scott and Tracie Hamilton, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, Bruce Willis, Nia Vardalos, Bill Klein and Jen Arnold, Connie Britton, Rachel Crow, NBC Studios, NVIDIA, Sean Anders, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Hallmark Channel, PEOPLE Magazine, Magnolia Earl and family, Todd Tilghman, Miranda and Luke Caldwell, and This Is Us.

The program also draws national and local media attention to raise public awareness about the positive difference adoption makes in the life of a child and inspires others to step forward to consider adoption. Through the multiple special events that make up the Angels in Adoption® Program, Members of Congress also learn first-hand about adoption and foster care efforts taking place within their state and across the country.

In 2020, our cause and celebration went virtual and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affecting large group gatherings and access to the Hill, the 2021 Angels in Adoption® Leadership Program will function virtually. Virtual program evenst will take place this fall and include virtual advocacy and leadership events such as child welfare policy roundtables as well as an Angels in Adoption® Virtual Hill Day. The annual Angels in Adoption® Virtual Gala is on Wednesday, October, 20th this year.

Congressional Member Opportunities

Your office can submit a recommendation for a potential honoree from your home state or district through the Angels in Adoption® online recommendation form from May 18 through July 23, 2021.

Check out the sample step-by-step guides below for more information:

U.S. Senate Recommendation Step-by-Step Guide 2021  

U.S. House of Representatives Recommendation Step-by-Step Guide 2021 

To learn more about how to engage in the Angels in Adoption® Leadership Program and Gala, contact Taylor Draddy at taylor@ccainstitute.org.