WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) welcomed Tulsa residents Rick and Kathy Clarke to Washington DC today as they attend the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual "Angels in Adoption Gala" in Washington, D.C. Sen. Inhofe is a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and has cosponsored a resolution naming November 15 National Adoption Day.
"It is my privilege to welcome Oklahoma Angels in Adoption nominees Rick and Kathy Clarke to Washington, D.C.," Senator Inhofe said. "I was pleased to select Rick and Kathy for this recognition because they have personally participated in the adoption process for thirteen years and have adopted nine children. Remaining steadfast in their belief that God has a special plan for every child, Rick and Kathy have raised each of their nine children to be productive, healthy, and strong leaders in their schools and communities. The Clarkes truly represent the blessings and the power of adoption."
About Rick and Kathy Clarke:
When Rick Clarke served for five years as a judge in juvenile court, working with abused and neglected children, both he and his wife, Kathy, formed a desire to help children who are most in need - those without families. Today, Rick dedicates part of law practice to adoption cases. He serves as a volunteer attorney through Tulsa Lawyers for Children, as a guardian ad litem through court appointments, and is on the board of Heritage Family Services, a Tulsa-based adoption agency. Kathy has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children and currently works on special education issues and with the PTA.
However, it is this family's personal story that sets it apart. The Clarkes have personally participated in the adoption process for thirteen years and have adopted nine children. Throughout these years, the Clarke family has faced hardships, and obstacles, yet they continue to grow as a family, both in number and character.
The Clarke's first adopted child was a three year-old boy from Oklahoma. The next two young children joined the family from Russia after being diagnosed with medical complications. The Clarkes later adopted three unrelated girls - aged fifteen, thirteen, and eight - through Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Lastly, they provided homes to two sisters from Liberia and an older boy from Ethiopia. The faith and perseverance of the Clarke family enables them to overcome the challenges of providing a permanent and loving home to so many children.
For more information on the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute or the annual Angels in Adoption Gala, please visit http://ccainstitute.org.
Previous Oklahoma Angels in Adoption Nominees:
INHOFE HONORS ANGELS IN ADOPTION NOMINEES: WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) today made the following statement praising his 2007 nominees, Steve and Lana Freeman, for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual "Angels in Adoption Gala"
INHOFE HONORS ANGELS IN ADOPTION NOMINEE: WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) made the following statement today praising his 2006 nominee, Michael Nomura of Tulsa, for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual "Angel in Adoption Gala"