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NCFA President Ryan Hanlon Receives Congressional Adoption Award

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Virginia native honored with prestigious recognition for service to children and families

Alexandria, VA (September 28, 2022) - National Council For Adoption (NCFA), an advocacy, education, and research nonprofit, announced today that CEO and President Dr. Ryan Hanlon was recently honored with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angel in Adoption Award.

Angels in Adoption honors individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions to adoption, permanency, and child welfare. Hanlon was chosen as a 2022 Angels in Adoption Honoree by Representative Gerry Connolly (VA-11).

“I am proud to have someone like Ryan as a constituent and was honored to have nominated him for this year’s Angel in Adoption award,” Connolly said. His contributions and hard work have not gone unnoticed and have truly changed lives. We all are fortunate for people like Ryan who continue to do the work to make the dream of a family a reality for every child,” added Connolly.

With nearly two decades of dedicated service to the adoption community, Hanlon has impacted thousands of families and children through his work as a foster care caseworker, child protection services, executive director of a private agency overseeing domestic and international adoptions, and leadership roles at NCFA.

“We are thrilled to see Ryan honored as an Angel in Adoption award recipient. His leadership and drive for improved outcomes through his tireless efforts across advocacy, education, and research are outstanding,” said NCFA Board President Mike Thorne. “On behalf of the entire board, we extend our congratulations for this well-deserved recognition,” Thorne added.


About National Council For Adoption

Founded in 1980, NCFA is a leading authoritative voice for adoption and is passionately committed to the belief that every child, everywhere, deserves to thrive in a nurturing, permanent family. NCFA’s nonprofit work promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration that aims to serve children, expectant and birth parents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, and adoption professionals.

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