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Nominees For Angels In Adoption Announced
Sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Congratulations to the 2007 Angels in Adoption™
The ninth annual Angels in Adoption™ gala will take place the
evening of Thursday, October 4, 2007, at the Ronald Reagan Building and
International Trade Center in Washington, D.C
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Angels in Adoption™
The Angels in Adoption™ Program, CCAI’s signature public
awareness program, provides an opportunity to 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. This program includes an
annual event in Washington, D.C., the Angels in Adoption™ gala,
which is geared toward highlighting ordinary people doing extraordinary
things. These “unsung heroes” are selected by members of the U.S.
In addition to these “unsung heroes” chosen from all 50 states and the
District of Columbia, “National Angels” are recognized for their
adoption and foster care advocacy on a broader, nationwide scale. Former
“National Angels” include notables such as First Lady Laura Bush,
Victoria Rowell, Muhammad Ali, Dave Thomas, Steven Curtis Chapman, and
Bruce Willis. Last year, more than 190 Members of Congress
participated, making it the year’s single most significant Congressional
event pertaining to child welfare in the United States.
Rep. Tom Allen Nominates Mainers for an Angel in Adoption Award
September 05, 2007
The nominations “recognize the power of working together on a common,
Portland, Maine (Wednesday, September 5, 2007)—U.S. Representative Tom
Allen announced today that he has nominated for an Angel in Adoption
Award ten Mainers who played key roles in the successful effort to enact
a Maine adoption law providing adoptee access to birth identity.
“These Maine State legislators and private citizens worked together and
individually to enact LD 1084, a law that will allow adult Maine
adoptees to obtain their original birth certificate without the need to
petition probate court,” said Rep. Allen. “This legislation will
replace current law, which veiled the adoption process in secrecy by
requiring that birth certificates issued to adoptive parents indicate
that the child they were adopting had been born to them, and by
requiring that adoptees’ original birth certificates be sealed and
unavailable to inspection without a court order.”
The nominees are Bobbi Beavers (South Berwick), Cathy Robishaw
(Falmouth), Peter Jensen (South Portland), Joan and Sandy Beal
(Portland), Sally Groupp (South Portland) Martha and Neil Hulbert
(Woolwich), State Senator Paula Benoit (also nominated by U.S. Senator
Olympia Snowe) and State Rep. David Farrington.
“Many other Mainers contributed significantly to this effort,” Rep.
Allen said. “The nominees’ contributions, however, stand out as
particularly meriting recognition. By honoring this group, the award
will recognize the power of working together on a common, worthy goal.”
Most of the nominees have been participants in an adoption, and their
personal experiences provided them with unmatched understanding of and
commitment to the issues adoption raises. Senator Benoit, Cathy
Robishaw and Sally Groupp are adult adoptees; Bobbi Beavers, Martha
Hulbert and Peter Jensen are birth parents; Sandy and Joan Beal are
The Angels in Adoption Award is sponsored by the Congressional Coalition
on Adoption Institute, which each year invites Members of Congress to
recognize constituents for their efforts relating to adoption issues in
their home states.