Senator Mitch McConnel Honors Carrie Gerber as an Angel in Adoptionâ„¢
To Be Recognized at National Event in Washington, DC
Ronald Reagon Building and International Trade Center, Washington D.C."“ October 9, 2013"“
Senator McConnell has selected Carrie Gerber as a 2013 Angels in Adoptionâ„¢ awardee for her outstanding advocacy or international adoption and foster care issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoptionâ„¢ program, will honor Carrie at an awards ceremony on October 8 and gala on October 9 in Washington, DC.
Carrie Gerber is being honored for her tireless efforts to adopt brothers Luis Olegario and Romulo from Guatemala. For years she has been battling the bureaucracy and red tape that continues to prevent these boys from being adopted into a loving home. She has never given up hope that one day her efforts will pay off and her family will be together. She has also sought to publicize the issues involved in international adoption and bring attention to the need for improvements. She and her husband, John Gerber, are also new Kentucky foster parents and hope to inspire others in their community to become foster parents as well.
The Angels in Adoptionâ„¢ 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 Adoptionâ„¢ program.
"The Angels in Adoptionâ„¢ program is unlike any other program in the Nation's Capital. Because of it, almost 2,000 "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 Capitol Hill, knowledge is power. Angels in Adoptionâ„¢ 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 local 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 honorees are Korie and Willie Robertson of the popular A&E reality show Duck Dynasty and internationally acclaimed actress, director and producer Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman. 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 to more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about adoption.
The Angels in Adoptionâ„¢ 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, DC.
CCAI does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish their mission. For more information, visit www.ccainstitute.org