Garretts to be recognized at national event in Washington, D.C.

BEAUMONT, Texas – Rep. Ted Poe has selected Beaumont-residents Ivory and Monica Garrett as 2012 Angels in Adoption awardees for their outstanding advocacy for foster care and adoption.  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoptionprogram, will honor the Garretts, along with more than 150 Angels, at an awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, D.C., September 12, 2012.

The Garretts were nominated by Buckner Children and Family Services for their selfless leadership and advocacy for children who have been neglected or abused. The Garretts have a tender place in their hearts for special needs children. At any given time the Garretts house between eight and 10 children, each child is treated with respect as the Garretts look past their handicaps and capitalize on their strengths.

“The Garretts see what they do as a ministry and a calling,” said Laura May, administrator for Buckner Children and Family Services in Beaumont. “You can tell that the Garretts genuinely love these kids by the way they go above and beyond to treat each child with the highest regard as individuals.”

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. 

In addition to the more than 150 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. 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. 

The Angels in Adoption™ 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, D.C. 

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