Congressman Markwayne Mullin will celebrate Crystal and Jeff Campbell as a 2020 Angels in Adoption® Honoree for their outstanding advocacy for adoption. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which coordinates the Angels in Adoption® Program, honored the Campbells in a virtual gala on September 30.
The Angels in Adoption® Program is CCAI’s signature public awareness event and provides an annual opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of children and families in the United States and abroad. This year, more than 95 Angels are being honored through the 22nd Annual Angels in Adoption® Program.
Crystal was raised in a family that fostered many children, and she always knew she’d want to adopt someday. After the birth of their fourth child, Crystal and Jeff began the adoption process. They received word that a distant relative had delivered a baby while in court-appointed rehab and was giving the baby up for adoption. In 2016, they picked Gabe up from the NICU and brought him home. In November 2017, Gabe Campbell was officially part of the family forever.
Crystal said, “On that Thursday we brought Gabe home, I sat across the room from a very young mom who loved her babies but wrestled her own demons. I pledged to love a little boy and help him be all that he is meant to be just like anyone that my body had grown. With God’s wisdom, I know I can keep that pledge.”
The Campbells are involved in their community. Crystal sits on various boards for different organizations, and Jeff coaches softball and baseball at Lincoln Christian. Together they operate SWABO Properties and Campbell Construction, and the entire family is active in their church.
“The Angels in Adoption program gives a platform to the families, advocates, and experts who so often serve quietly behind the scenes yet make a huge impact on behalf of children and families. Together with the Adoption Caucus, we are thrilled to shine a light on the extraordinary work of our Angels,” said CCAI’s Executive Director, Nancy Kay Blackwell. In addition to the Angel honorees from around the country, CCAI also honors a select number of National Angels in Adoption® whose contributions have had a national impact. The 2020 National Angels are Magnolia Earl & Family (Gerber’s 2020 & First Adopted Spokesbaby), Todd Tilghman (adoptive parent and 2020 Winner of The Voice), Miranda & Luke Caldwell (adoptive parents and stars on HGTV’s Boise Boys), and This Is Us (award-winning family drama television show with adoption and foster care storylines). Past National Angels include Muhammad Ali, First Lady Laura Bush, Kristin Chenoweth, Scott Fujita, Deborra-lee Furness, Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley, Patti LaBelle, Ne-Yo, Rhea Perlman, Shonda Rhimes, Korie and Willie Robertson, Al Roker, Jane Seymour, Sean Anders, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, Bruce Willis, Nia Vardalos, Bill Klein and Jen Arnold, Scott and Tracie Hamilton, Connie Britton, Rachel Crow, CBS Studios, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NVIDIA, Hallmark Channel, and PEOPLE Magazine.
CCAI is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about children and youth in the United States and around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes. Founded in 2001 by the co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan adoption caucus – the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, one of Congress’ premier caucuses – CCAI works with the caucus to eliminate policy barriers that hinder children from realizing their basic right of a family and more effectively raise congressional and public awareness about adoption, foster care, and child welfare. CCAI does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish this mission. The 22nd Annual Angels in Adoption Program would not be possible without our Platinum Partners: Arnold & Porter, Carlson Family Foundation, and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; and our Gold Partners: American Council of Life Insurers, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Casey Family Programs, and Retail Orphan Initiative.