Gift of Adoption Volunteer and Charlotte Business Leader Honored with Congressional Angels in Adoption Award

Jason Cipriani is receiving the prestigious award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption for his work to expand adoption access through Gift of Adoption

Chicago, IL – Gift of Adoption, a national charitable organization providing financial assistance to complete adoptions, is proud to announce that Jason Cipriani of Charlotte, North Carolina is a recipient of the 2020 Angels in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Jason will be honored at the Angels in Adoption Gala on Wednesday, September 30. This year’s gala is a live-streamed virtual event. Past recipients of the award include First Lady Laura Bush, Muhammad Ali, Kristin Chenoweth, Alonzo Mourning, Patti LaBelle, Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell and Jane Seymour. 

“We are thrilled that CCAI is recognizing Jason’s long-standing commitment to serving vulnerable children,” said Pam Devereux, CEO of Gift of Adoption. “Jason’s work with Gift of Adoption, especially in Charlotte and throughout the Carolinas, has been instrumental as we’ve grown our organization and broadened our impact over the past several years.” 

Jason and his wife, Kelly, know first-hand about adoption – they were blessed to grow their family through the adoptions of their children Jordan, Megan and Gavin. On their journey, they became acutely aware that the cost of adoption is a major barrier preventing many prospective adoptive parents from moving forward. Interested in finding ways to remove the financial barrier to adoption, Jason discovered Gift of Adoption. 

“Gift of Adoption represents a life-changing investment in a child’s future,” said Jason Cipriani. “By directly funding adoption assistance grants, Gift of Adoption provides at-risk kids with the most reliable and effective social safety net: a family.” 

Jason co-founded Gift of Adoption’s Carolinas Chapter in 2012 and is the Board Chair. Since 2012, Jason, Kelly and the chapter’s other members have helped nearly 300 children become adopted by their forever families. Jason has also served on the Gift of Adoption National Growth Committee, leveraging his experience and relationships to identify leaders for start-up chapters in California, Georgia, Massachusetts and New York.  

The Angels in Adoption program gives members of Congress a firsthand look at the foster care and adoption-related work taking place across the country and recognizes individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. 

For more information about the Angels in Adoption program and to attend the virtual gala, please visit

About Gift of Adoption Fund 

Gift of Adoption is a national charity that provides grants of up to $15,000 to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children. Priority is placed on helping children facing what is possibly their only chance at adoption, including those at-risk of separation from siblings, entering foster care, aging-out of an orphanage, or with special needs.

Gift of Adoption is the largest provider of adoption assistance grants on a nondiscriminatory basis (without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status) and our grants are paid directly to adoption agencies and attorneys working on the child’s behalf. Since inception in 1996, Gift of Adoption has awarded $10,189,848 in grants to give 3,516 children permanent families and the chance to thrive. Gift of Adoption is recognized by Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. Visit to learn more. 

About the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides. CCAI was founded in 2001 by advocates of the world’s orphaned and foster youth to match the commitment of members of Congress’ Adoption Caucus, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, with the information and resources needed to make the dream of a family a reality for every child. Visit for more information.