U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) welcomed Poteau residents Jody and Jeannie Thompson and their family to Washington today for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s annual “Angels in Adoption” award.
“I am pleased to welcome Poteau Police Officer Jody Thompson and his family to Washington and recognize them with the Angels in Adoption Award,” Inhofe said. “Their story shows that anyone can experience the blessings and joy of being a foster parent or adoptive parent. I know I speak for all Oklahomans when I say thank you for your service and congratulations on this much deserved award.
“While we especially honor the Thompson family today, I am also grateful to the thousands of other families in Oklahoma who have grown their family through adoption. My family knows the blessings of adoption firsthand, and I am committed to advancing bipartisan efforts to continue to help all children find a permanent and loving home.”
“It’s great to have Jody and Jeanie Thompson in Washington this week to honor them as Oklahoma’s own Angels in Adoption,” said Mullin. “After hearing Jody and Jeanie’s touching story, it’s easy to see the remarkable impact they’ve had not only on the lives of their adopted children John and Paizley, but on the entire Poteau community.”
“As the adoptive parents of twins, Christie and I understand firsthand what a blessing our girls have been to us,” said Mullin. “I’m grateful to see adoption extend the same blessing to the Thompsons. We want to congratulate Jody and Jeanie on their well-deserved award and thank them for the incredible example they have set for anyone considering adoption.”
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption® Program honors a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions in adoption, permanency and child welfare. Each year, the Angels in Adoption® awardees travel to Washington, D.C., to both celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issues and participate in special events designed to engage them in using their personal experience to effect change on behalf of children in need of families.