The beginning of this month, CCAI awarded Kristin Chenoweth as a 2010 National Angel in Adoption for her work enriching the lives of children in need of families. Earlier this year, Kristin partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and to announce the partnership, Kristin spent time with a group of foster youth and took them to her Broadway theater.
Kristin has also appeared on various news outlets to raise awareness about adoption. This summer she told FOX News, “I have been blessed with great parents, and they gave me such a great life.” Ultimately, it is only through raising public awareness about the need for adoption and joys of adoption that children will finally have their dream of a family realized.
People Magazine recently included a story about her on their celebrity blog. When People asked her if she would take in a foster child herself, Kristin shared, “I could easily be that person.”
Her work as a national adoption advocate continues as she prepares for the launch of a shoe she designed for shoedazzle.com. The shoe will be available next month during National Adoption Month, and proceeds will go to benefit children and youth in foster care waiting to be adopted.
Last Wednesday, October 6th, CCAI’s 12th annual Angels in AdoptionTM gala took place to celebrate individuals across the country working to improve the lives of children in need of families.
There were 142 Angels in Adoption honored by their own Member of Congress. Many of these Angels traveled to DC for three days of events meant to educate and further inspire their work. 2010 Angel in Adoption™, Martha Allen of California, said of attending the event, “I’m looking forward to coming home full of ideas, inspiration and awe after hearing about each Angel and the wonderful things they have accomplished.” For a complete list of Angels and their states visit http://bit.ly/bCEMEI.
The events culminated in the gala where three celebrity National Angels in Adoption were honored for their work on a national scale. National Angels in Adoption™ honorees include Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, Four-time Emmy Award winning actress Rhea Perlman and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
As part of the event, Country music artist Jimmy Wayne performed his song “Elephant Ears” about his own experience as a foster child. He shared, “One of the great things about the Angels in Adoption™ program is the level of awareness it brings to an option people don’t always consider, and that’s adopting a child or teen who is in the Foster Care system. There are so many kids there, just waiting for a loving family to give them a home.”
Kristin Chenoweth was honored for her willingness to use her own personal story to raise awareness about adoption and the importance of individuals stepping forward to impact the lives of children. “Being adopted myself,” says Chenoweth, “I understand what impact adoption has on the life of a child. I was lucky that my parents gave me unconditional love and support, and I don’t think I would be where I am today without them.”
Over the years, Rhea Perlman played an important role in the media and television industry’s advocacy for improvements to foster care, and in particular the need for reform throughout California. There are over 67,000 children in the California alone, accounting for one-eighth of all children in the U.S. foster care system. She is also outspoken about adoption for older youth in care.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was awarded for its efforts to feature foster and adoptive families on their show, thereby raising awareness of the needs of waiting children and the joy adoption can bring to a family. Since the show began, there have been three Angel in Adoption™ families, from various parts of the country, featured on the show. “We are honored to receive this award for the 33 episodes in which we presented homes to adoptive or foster families. While our efforts to provide these families a beautiful new home are intended to make a difference in their lives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is pleased to learn that these episodes are also making a difference in the fight for every children in the world to have a safe and loving home of their own,” says the show’s Executive Producer, Diane Korman.
Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director of CCAI states, “Statistically speaking, it is possible for each and every child to have a safe and permanent family to call their own. Because of Angels celebrated by this program, we are much closer to achieving that goal. Almost across the board, each Angel’s extraordinary journey started with a single step forward – saying count me in.”
This Sunday, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature an adoptive family along with Emmy Award winning actress and adoptee Kristin Chenoweth. Even more special, both Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Kristin Chenoweth will be honored by CCAI on October 6 as National Angels in Adoption during our annual gala in Washington, DC. The show has featured numerous adoptive and foster families and has been instrumental in raising awareness about the needs of children and families. Adopted as a child, Kristin is outspoken about the important role her adoption has played in her life and shaping who she is today. She recently joined forces with the Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption as their spokesperson for foster care adoption.
Be sure to tune in to ABC at 8/7c this Sunday to see these National Angels unite to raise awareness about adoption!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has featured 3 Angel in Adoption families! Read below to learn about these families:
George and Barbara Kadzis opened their hearts and home to special-needs children adopted from orphanages in China, but the family faced major challenges in their cramped, hurricane-damaged home.
Felicia Jackson’s sister passed away with complications of cancer, she told Felicia that she did not want her children split up. Felicia went from being the mother of 4 to a single mother of 14. Unable to afford and find permanent housing, this family of 15 had been living in a hotel.
Billy Jack and Anne Barrett adopted four children, however, in addition to their two biological kids, their small farmhouse was too tight for eight people.