9/11/2013 11:46:00 AM Sen. Lindsey honors Bill
Pickle as Angel in Adoption
Senator Lindsey Graham has selected Bill Pickle as a 2013 Angels in Adoption™ awardee for his outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ program, will honor Pickle at an awards ceremony on Oct. 8 and gala on Oct. 9 in Washington, DC. Pickle is being honored for his work with abused and neglected children as a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem. As an advocate for the best interests of children, Pickle works with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Foster Care Case Workers, Intensive Foster Care Case Workers and Foster Care Review Boards.
He goes above and beyond to ensure the children with whom he works are heard in court; and is recognized as an outstanding advocate for children in the foster care system. 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. Each year, more than 140 Angels are honored through the Angels in Adoption™ program. “The Angels in Adoption™ 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 Adoption™ 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.