Families and individuals from all 50 states will descend upon the nation’s capitol tomorrow, September 12, in celebration of the Angels in Adoption Program.
A yearly event, Angels in Adoption is an award ceremony hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) that gives 140 congressional members the opportunity to recognize people who have made a difference in the lives of children who experience foster care and/or adoption.
“The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption™ Program provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual, couple, or organization from their district that have made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes” said CCAI in a statement. “These heroes hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and represent the wide spectrum of individuals involved in the adoption and foster care process.”
The CCAI will also honor celebrities and national figures whose contributions to foster care and adoption have had a national impact. This year the National angels will include Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl and her husband, singer-songwriter Josh Kelley, who are the proud parents of two adoptive children, and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo who founded the Compound Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting youth in foster care. People Magazine will also be recognized.
The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. To learn more visit the website.
Ryann Blackshere is a multimedia journalist with Fostering Media Connections.