WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the statement below welcoming Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) as the new co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Coalition on Adoption. Cramer replaces former Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), who retired at the end of the last Congress. 

“As an adoptive father, Senator Cramer understands firsthand the importance of families who open their hearts and homes to children,” said Klobuchar. “I look forward to working with Senator Cramer and our House co-chairs to improve the adoption process and help every child find the safe, loving home they deserve.”  

“Helping somebody with adoption is perhaps the most rewarding victory. Being an adoptive father myself, it’s probably a little extra special,” said Cramer. “Policies matter. What we do as a coalition – knocking down barriers for people who want to build a family – is a really big deal. My pledge is to ensure as many children as possible know the love and support of a permanent family by encouraging adoption and involving even more people in engagement opportunities. Thank you to my Co-Chairs, Senator Klobuchar and Congressmen Aderholt and Smith, for welcoming me into this new, expanded role of service. It’s my honor. ” 

Klobuchar officially welcomed Cramer as the new CCA co-chair at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) 118th Congress New Forum last month. A photo is available HERE.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA) is the largest bipartisan, bicameral caucus in Congress. CCA brings together members of Congress from both parties who share the goal of  ensuring all children know the love and support of a family through legal permanency in the forms of adoption, guardianship, and kinship care. Representatives Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Adam Smith (D-WA) serve as the House co-chairs.