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Senator James M. Inhofe Honors Kate C. Arnold, M.D., as an Angel in Adoption™ To Be Recognized at National Event in Washington, D.C.

Friday, October 04, 2013 - Campus News -
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Senator James M. Inhofe has selected Kate C. Arnold, M.D., as a 2013 Angels in Adoption™ awardee for her outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ program, will honor Dr. Arnold at an awards ceremony on October 8 and gala on October 9 in Washington, D.C. 
 
Dr. Arnold is being honored for adopting three children as a single mom while finishing medical school and starting residency in OBGYN at the University of Oklahoma. 

In 2003, Kate Arnold volunteered at a San Francisco Bay Area home for teenage mothers. While volunteering, Kate met Miriam, a mother to two boys. Over the course of years Kate developed a relationship with Miriam, her boys, and a daughter born during that time. Kate became a constant presence in their lives, frequently taking the children out for the day or overnight. 

In March of 2011, Child Protective Services removed Miriam's children. In October of that year, a social worker asked her to name who her children should go to if she lost them permanently. Miriam named Kate.

At the time Kate was attending Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, D.C. However, she immediately petitioned Georgetown for the ability to complete her fourth year of medical school in California so that she could become the children's foster parent and begin adoption proceedings. 

In July 2012, Kate returned to California and by August the children were living with her. This year she graduated from GUMC and the family moved to Oklahoma City, OK, so Kate could begin her residency at the University of Oklahoma.

Kate reflects the goals of CCAI's adoption and foster care work, not only in her decision to foster and adopt but also through her years of prior work and commitment to her surrounding communities, in particular the foster care community. Kate's dedication to her community began in high school and continued during both her undergraduate and medical school years volunteering in both Palo Alto, CA, and Washington, DC, for foster care organizations. Kate is a great example of what one person can do to lift those around her and we believe she will continue to do so.

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.  

CCAI was created in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption to more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about adoption.  
The Angels in Adoption™ program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign culminating in an extraordinary awards gala and celebration in Washington, DC.  

CCAI does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish their mission. For more information, visit www.ccainstitute.org or www.angelsinadoption.org.
 

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