(And also in common with Rebecca Vahle, Dawn Davenport, Jim Gritter, Pam Kroskie, Linda Schellentrager, Zara Phillips, Dawn Smith-Pliner, Kim Hansel, Joyce Maguire Pavao, Sherrie Eldridge, Adam Pertman, Dixie Weber, Debbie Schwartz, Candace Pruett, Pam Sweetser, Sharon Roszia, Pat Irwin Johnston, C.A.S.E., Brenda Romanchik, and Becky Fawcett, with apologies to others I may have missed or not know of*.)
Angels in Adoption®
All of those people up there are not only my Friends, they have also been named by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute (CCAI) as Angels in Adoption®.
This year I have been nominated by Senator Michael Bennet to join their ranks.
The Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute sent me this news:
I’ll head to Washington, DC next month to celebrate the 20th time CCAI has recognized people around the country for their “contribution on behalf of children in need of families.”
Making Adoption World Better
When I look at that list above, I see activists contributing in many ways. Such as:
- facilitating adopted children in connecting with each other
- helping their parents prepare for unique challenges
- encouraging all of us to explore adoption’s complexities
- promoting openness in all ways, like opening birth records to all citizens, regardless of circumstances of birth.
During my three days on Capitol Hill, I plan to advocate for The Family to Family Support Network as well as two other organizations I volunteer with (Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families and Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families). I will also speak to anyone who will listen about the importance and rightness of opening birth records — accurate original birth certificates — to adoptees in all states.
I’m grateful to Senator Bennet and to the nominator who brought my work to his attention.
* and I await word of the other 2018 nominees. I’m eager to find out who they are!
Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a teen daughter, blogs from Denver. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life.