Congressman Langevin Congratulates Matt Cullina as an Angel in Adoption™ to be Recognized at National Event in Washington, D.C.

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Cullina awarded for outstanding advocacy of foster care issues

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Congressman Langevin (D-RI) congratulates Matt Cullina, dedicated foster parent and IDentity Theft 911 chief executive officer, as a 2012 Angel in AdoptionTM for his outstanding advocacy of foster care issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ program, will honor Mr. Cullina along with more than 140 Angels, at an awards ceremony on September 11 and gala event in Washington, D.C., on September 12.

Cullina, along with wife Virginia, adopted three daughters and is being honored for his work in leading a charge against identity theft plaguing foster youth. He provided counsel to Congressman Langevin while he was drafting a bill aimed at remedying identity theft issues for foster youth. A thrilling moment for Cullina, the bill was signed into law in October 2011.

Cullina is a board member of national non-profit First Star, an advocacy organization for abused and neglected children. In collaboration with several organizations, Cullina helped spearhead the development of an innovative academy at the University of Rhode Island to encourage foster youth to attend college. In this academy, Cullina led a group of fraud specialists in delivering high-impact content to foster youth to help them navigate the world of identity management and credit. For this work, he was named winner of the Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Cullina is currently chief executive officer of IDentity Theft 911, the nation’s premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services and has 15 years of insurance industry management, claims and product development experience. Matt lead MetLife Auto & Home Insurance Co.’s personal product development initiatives, managed complex claims litigation, and served as a corporate witness for Travelers Insurance and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.

The Angels in Adoption™ program is CCAI’s signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad.

“The Angels in Adoption™ program is unlike any other program in the Nation’s Capital. Because of it, over 1800 “Angels” have come to share with Washington their adoption experience and left with a renewed excitement of all that adoption makes possible,” said Kathleen Strottman. “I learned one simple lesson from my time on the hill, knowledge is power. Angels in Adoption is meant to give Members of Congress the knowledge they need to use the power they have toward making the dream of a family a reality for every child.”

In addition to the more than 140 Angels from around the country, several “National Angels” will also be recognized at the ceremony and gala for their dedication and commitment nationally and internationally to child welfare on a grand scale. This year’s National Angels in Adoption™ are actress Katherine Heigl, singer/songwriter Josh Kelley and PEOPLE Magazine. Former National Angels include First Lady Laura Bush, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Muhammad Ali, the late Dave Thomas, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bruce Willis, Alonzo Mourning, Rhea Perlman and Kristin Chenoweth.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption. CCAI’s goal is the elimination of the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.

CCAI was created in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA) to more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about the issue of adoption.

The Angels in Adoption™ program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign culminating in an extraordinary awards Gala and celebration in Washington, D.C.

CCAI does not receive any government funding and they rely on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish their mission. For more information visit http://www.ccainstitute.org/ and http://www.angelsinadoption.org.

About IDentity Theft 911
Founded in 2003, IDentity Theft 911 is the nation’s premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 13 million households across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the country’s largest insurance companies, corporate benefit providers, banks and credit unions and membership organizations. Since 2005, the company has helped more than 150,000 businesses manage data breaches. IDentity Theft 911 personnel have more than 200 years of insurance and financial experience, having served at companies such as AIG, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, All State, FM Global, and other leading institutions. IDentity Theft 911 is the proud recipient of several awards, including the Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service and the Parent Tested, Parent Approved award for social networking monitoring tool SocialScout. For more information, please visit http://www.idt911.com, http://www.facebook.com/idt911 and http://www.twitter.com/idt911.

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