Lesbian moms Victoria Greene and Theresa Huebler of Alaska were recently named “Angels in Adoption” by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and attended a gala for themselves and other “Angels” in Washington, D.C. The Angels program, run by the non-profit Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), “provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual, couple, or organization from their district that have made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes.”
Here’s the short version of why they were honored, from Murkowski’s Web site:
Green and Huebler took in two of four siblings as foster children and cared for them for an extended time. After a series of events – including the two foster kids being returned to their parents and Green’s deployment abroad as a member of the Alaska Air National Guard – the two were given the opportunity to reunite with the children through full adoption. When the chance arose, not only did they adopt the eldest two, they brought the other two siblings into their family as well.
The longer version, written by Greene herself, is over at the HRC blog, and well worth a read.
Below is a short clip of them at the gala:
Congratulations to them and to all of the other unrecognized foster and adoptive parents who have opened their homes and hearts to children in need.
This year’s awards are over, but it’s not too early to submit nominations for next year. Nominees may include foster and adoptive parents, adoptees, former foster youth, social workers, attorneys, judges, business and media professionals, and non-profit organizations and advocacy groups, among others.