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Blunt Welcomes Angels in Adoption from Missouri

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Blunt Presents Justin and Kristin Akin with the Angels in Adoption Award Certificate

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), met with Missouri families who are being recognized as Angels in Adoption for their significant contributions to adoption and foster care. The Akin family is from Chesterfield, the Holden family is from Joplin, and the Allen-Parker family is from Cape Girardeau. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:

“It was an honor to spend time with the Akin, Holden, and Allen-Parker families and hear about their experiences with adoption. As an adoptive dad myself, I know how much joy welcoming a child into your home can bring. These families not only opened their hearts to children who deserved a loving home, but they are passionate advocates for helping more children find their forever home. I’m proud to see their dedication will be recognized at the annual Angels in Adoption event.”

Blunt has championed legislation to make adoption more affordable, help ensure adoptive families have the support they need, and improve the intercountry adoption process. And, as chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services, Blunt worked to prioritize funding to states to incentivize improved performance in finding permanent homes for children in foster care through adoption or legal guardianship.

Blunt and CCA co-chair U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) have introduced legislation recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 23 as National Adoption Day.

Each year, Members of Congress nominate families and individuals who have made a difference in improving the life of a child through adoption or foster care to be honored as Angels in Adoption.