Jun 22 2018
Deadline for Submissions is July 6
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that she is seeking nominations from North Dakotans to honor families, individuals, and organizations who have shown dedication to improving the lives of children in foster homes and adoptions for this year’s Angels in Adoption.
Nominations can be made at www.heitkamp.senate.gov and will be accepted until July 6, 2018. For further questions or assistance in the nominating process, contact Heitkamp’s office at 1-800-223-4457.
“In the U.S. Senate, I’ve worked hard to support foster and adoptive parents and make sure they have the resources they need to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our society,” Heitkamp said. “As we combat the opioid crisis and other challenges that leave children in need of a loving home, it’s important to recognize the immense impact these heroes have on the lives of children in need. I look forward to learning about the inspiring North Dakotans who’ve opened their homes and their hearts in this remarkable act of love.”
Working with the Angels in Adoption program, Members of Congress honor individuals, families, or organizations in their states who have bettered the lives of foster and adopted children, while also raising public awareness about the selflessness of those who open their homes to children. Heitkamp is seeking nominations of North Dakotans who positively impact foster and adopted children in the state.
Last year, Senator Heitkamp honored Jessica Kluck of Bismarck as her 2017 Angel in Adoption. An adoptive mother for five children, Jessica was recognized for her selfless efforts to open her home to children in need. Jessica has owned and operated two day care facilities in Bismarck for over a decade where she interacted regularly with foster parents, and motivated her to want to become a foster parent herself. In 2012, she began the process of fostering her children, all of which came to live with her at different times. Many of her five children have dealt with traumatic experiences impacting their behavior and mental health. In 2015, Jessica officially adopted all five children as a single mother and has remained a strong support system for them.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute holds an Angels in Adoption Gala each year in Washington, D.C., to honor the Angels, organizations and professionals that positively impact foster and adoptive children from around the country. The Angels can be adoptive parents, foster parents, a social worker, attorney, an adoptee, physician, nurse, teacher, mentor, or child advocate that has made a difference in the lives of children through adoption, foster care or child welfare advocacy.