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at National Event in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) will honor Coyote Hill as an Angel in Adoption™ at an awards ceremony on September 16 and gala on September 17 in Washington, D.C. Each year, CCAI selects individuals, families or organizations from across the nation who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of children in need of permanent, loving homes. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, from Missouri’s 4th District, nominated us for the award. Coyote Hill was chosen for this honor because of our dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.
Founder and Executive Director Larry McDaniel states, “This is outstanding news and is a direct result of the staff, board of directors and supporters of Coyote Hill being so dedicated to the cause. It takes a dedicated team who are doing things right, and learning from any mistakes, to get this kind of attention. This is no small honor.”
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. Each year, more than 140 Angels are honored through the Angels in Adoption™ program.
“The Angels in Adoption™ program is a unique annual opportunity in the Nation’s Capital to spotlight the power of adoption and the unspoken heroes who have made the dream of a family a reality for children. Since the program’s inception, over 2000 ‘Angels’ have come to Washington to share their firsthand adoption experience with Members of Congress, highlighting its joys, as well as the barriers encountered in the process,” said Becky Weichhand, interim director at CCAI. “The Members of Congress are then able to use their influence to create changes in policy to better support these children and the families that open their hearts and homes to them.”
In addition to the more than 140 Angels from around the country, several “National Angels” will be recognized at the gala for their dedication and commitment nationally and internationally to child welfare on a grand scale. This year’s honorees are Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, and Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein of TLC’s show The Little Couple. Former National Angels include Korie and Willie Robertson, Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman, 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.
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. The Angels in Adoption™ program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals.