These pictures that look like an abandoned shed or outhouse is actually where Luis Olegario and Christian live. Young boys should NOT have to grow up in such dire conditions! Please help us bring them home. Any donation amount helps and is VERY appreciated!!!
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 or www.angelsinadoption.org
A couple days ago I received an email from Senator Mitch McConnell's office asking if they could nominate me and our friend Jonathan White (he and his wife Alicia are also from KY and adopting from Guatemala) for the Angels in Adoption award. I was unsure about accepting this nomination because I KNOW there are MANY families trying to get their stuck children home from countries all over the world. We've been stuck for over 4 yrs, but many families have been stuck much longer. We pray and cry for our friends Jonathan and Alicia often and I really wish they could make this trip to DC too, but they can't at this time. Financial expenses for these adoptions are GREAT, but for every day that our kids spend away from us, the EMOTIONAL cost just gets bigger and bigger. After just getting back from Guatemala, we don't really have the money for this right now either...but we're going to try to work it out because I feel that this trip/award could bring some much needed attention to our case (which I also plan to bring to the White's case) that could only help our boys get closer to coming home. Here's more about the Angels in Adoption Gala next month: http://www.angelsinadoption.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1
Most of you know Romulo's story by now. What you might not know is that his adoption is STILL no where near complete...even after more than four years. Despite that, he is doing VERY VERY well. He is a healthy, happy, smart little boy. Now, let me introduce Romulo's brothers Luis Olegario and Christian. They currently live with their Grandma around the San Marcos area of Guatemala. Grandma had a stroke last year and can't work, so the boys shine shoes in the park for money instead of going to school. They yearn to come live with Romulo in the US. We want to make that happen, but there is SO MUCH red tape on both the Guatemalan and US sides. It takes quite a bit of money to try to get through all this red tape...travel expenses, Guatemalan & US attorneys, visas, basic living expenses for the boys & their Grandma...etc. This is where generous people like you come in. My first goal is to raise $5000. ALL of this money will go towards bringing the boys home and completing Romulo's adoption. We GREATLY appreciate anything you can give. Thank you!!
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