Congressman J. Randy Forbes congratulates Joseph and Susan Walrond as 2012 Angels in AdoptionTM for their outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ program, will honor the Walronds, along with more than 100 Angels, at an awards ceremony on September 11 and gala event in Washington, D.C., on September 12.
“I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Joseph and Susan Walrond for their loving and inspiring adoption story,” said Congressman Forbes. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family as Shane undergoes heart surgery today.”
The Walronds are being honored for their commitment to an adoptive child. The Walronds have adopted a 3 year old boy from China who has a life threatening heart condition. This condition is usually detected and surgically fixed within a few months of birth; however, this child has not yet had the opportunity for surgery. The 3 year old little boy finally arrived in the U.S. before Easter of 2012 and is now recovering and waiting for enough strength to have the needed surgery in the U.S. The Walronds have their own biological children, but they still made a home for this little boy.
“If it were not for Rep. Forbes, we would have had to wait for months to bring our son home! Tom and I are truly grateful.” said Susan Walrond.
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.
“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 CCAI Executive Director 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 100 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 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 www.ccainstitute.org/ and www.angelsinadoption.org.
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