The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) serves as a resource for Members of Congress and their staff. We offer helpful information and resources and opportunities to engage in adoption and foster care programs throughout the year.

About the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus (CCA)

Created in 1985, the CCA is the largest, bicameral caucus in Congress, offering a wide range of programs and holding numerous events throughout the year to engage Members of Congress on adoption policy and programs. CCA Members have led Congress in the passage of legislation that has dramatically impacted the lives of children in the United States and around the world. Over 145 Members of the 118th Congress have joined and are actively engaged. The CCA is dedicated to supporting legislation and policy that improves the lives of children and families in the United States and around the world. The CCA is deeply committed to bipartisanship, and brings together Democrats and Republicans with the shared goal of ensuring all children know the love and support of a family.

Over the last 38 years, CCA Members have led Congress in the passage of historic legislation that has positively impacted the lives of children including: The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997; the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Act; the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Act; the Hope for Children Act; and the Intercountry Adoption Act. 

Engagement Opportunities

Throughout the year, CCAI provides Members of Congress a wide range of opportunities to engage in promoting positive adoption and child welfare policy and practice, support children and families, and remain actively involved with the adoption and foster care community. READ MORE about how to engage.


CCAI strives to be an objective, educational resource for the information critical to federal policymakers’ efforts on issues related to adoption and foster care.

These include:

  • Policy Reports
  • Fact Sheets
  • Domestic Child Welfare and Adoption
  • International Child Welfare and Adoption

The nature of all CCAI’s programs is bipartisan, following the leadership and design of the CCA.

For more information specific to your interests, please contact Angelique Salizan at [email protected].

CCAI/CCA Partnership

Although the CCA and CCAI are distinct entities, they are closely linked in partnership. In 2001, the CCA Co-Chairs established the CCAI with the design of it serving as a resource to the CCA.

CCAI's initial and continued mandate includes service to the Coalition. CCAI provides CCA Members the opportunity to partner in our flagship programs and events throughout the year including:

  • Congressional Resource Program Events and Congressional Briefings
  • Angels in Adoption® Leadership Program 
  • Foster Youth Internship Program® and Congressional Briefing
  • National Adoption Day Celebrations and Media Opportunities
  • 20/20 Vision Program Delegations and Meetings