Angels in Adoption® Program


Since its inception in 1999, the Angels in Adoption® Program has upheld a tradition of celebrating the extraordinary efforts of individuals, couples, families, and organizations who work tirelessly to advocate for children in need of a family. Throughout the 21 years, over 2,700 Angels have received this special honor. CCAI also awards a select number of National Angels in Adoption® honorees. As the name implies, these are individuals whose contributions in the fields of adoption or foster care have an impact on a national scale.

Honorees are awarded at CCAI’s annual Angels in Adoption® Gala every fall in Washington, D.C. The gala is an inspiring evening and celebrates the role that a loving family plays in the lives of children.

List of 2020 Angels in Adoption® honorees coming late summer 2020! Join our email list to be one of the first to know when the official 2020 honorees are announced.

Past Local Angels in Adoption® Honorees

Click here for a list of past Angels in Adoption® honorees from across the nation.

Past National Angels in Adoption® Honorees

Click here for a list of past National Angels in Adoption® honorees.



At the heart the Angels in Adoption® Program is its ability to spotlight incredible stories of the power of adoption, foster care, and family to Members of Congress, the Administration, and media. The Angels Program is an incredible two-day event filled with advocacy fairs, legislative seminars, opportunities to meet with Members of Congress and their staff, chances to connect with other exceptional advocates from across the country, and ability to explore the nation’s capital to then return home as a more empowered and informed advocate. Check out the 2019 Angels in Adoption® Program Events Schedule for a sample schedule! A 2020 Angels schedule will be released in August 2020.


The 2020 Angels in Adoption® Gala is on Wednesday, September 23. Angel honorees may purchase additional tickets when ticket sales are open in late summer. All honorees must confirm their gala attendance – including claiming their two complimentary tickets – by visiting the Angels Gala Tickets website, when it opens in summer 2020.


To help defray some of the costs for Angels with demonstrated financial need, CCAI has set up an Angel Wings Scholarship Fund, which will provide a limited number of partial scholarships toward travel and lodging in Washington. Honorees may apply for financial assistance through Angel Wings, by filling out the application form when it is released in late summer. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early August if they have been selected. 

Questions? Please reach out to Kate McLean at kate@ccainstitute.org.