September 29, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, congratulates Duane and Cathy Shipman of Edmond, Okla. Inhofe nominated the Shipmans for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s annual “Angels in Adoption” award.
“It is a great honor to have Duane and Cathy Shipman in Washington to participate in this very important program,” Inhofe said. “I am proud to nominate such caring and compassionate Oklahomans for this distinction. Duane and Cathy have fostered over 65 children in the past 17 years and have gone above and beyond in finding adoptive parents for these children. Oklahoma is blessed to have residents like the Shipmans who have such unconditional love for children in need of a home.”
About Duane and Cathy Shipman:
Over the past 17 years, Duane and Cathy have fostered over 65 children, from newborns to 11 year olds. In addition to fostering several children, the Shipmans adopted a beautiful young girl who they had fostered since she was three weeks old. Recognizing the priceless value of adopting children, the Shipmans have also helped others in the adoption process and have attended numerous “celebration festivities held on the occasion of the placement of a baby with their forever family.” Duane and Cathy have gone above and beyond in reaching out in their community to find adoptive parents for the children they have fostered. They have also faithfully served as volunteers for Oklahoma Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASA), in addition to donating their time and efforts to support the Foster Parent Association of Oklahoma and Christian Services of Oklahoma. Duane and Cathy Shipman have shown unconditional love to each child they have fostered, and they continue to visit with some of them and their new forever families.
About Angels in Adoption:
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption™ Program provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual or entity from their district that has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes. Since the program’s inception, over 1,400 Angels nationwide have received this honor. Once selected, Angels in Adoption™ travel to Washington D.C. to participate in three days of events all designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue. Last year’s event alone resulted in 124 human-interest stories being published in newspapers throughout the nation. These stories serve as inspiration for others to step forward to consider fostering or adopting. For more information, you can visit the Angels in Adoption Web site: http://www.angelsinadoption.org
About the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute:
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family. For more information, you can visit the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute: http://www.ccainstitute.org