PITTSBURGH—Senator Bob Casey Jr. has selected Charline and Marcell Rowland as 2015 Angels in Adoption™ awardees for their outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. Charline, an adjunct reading instructor at Community College of Allegheny County South Campus, and Marcell were honored last month by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which manages the Angels in Adoption program, at an awards ceremony and gala in Washington, D.C.
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 U.S. and abroad. This year, more than 150 “Angels” are being honored through the program.
In July 2015, the couple adopted three young brothers, ages 7, 5 and 4, who have been in their foster care since 2012. The couple was honored for their efforts to ensure that the siblings, some of whom have special needs, would grow up together in a protective and loving environment.
“The Angels in Adoption program is a unique annual opportunity in the nation’s capital to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the power of adoption and the unspoken heroes who have made the dream of a family a reality for children. Since the program’s inception, over 2,200 Angels have come to Washington to share their firsthand adoption experiences with members of Congress, highlighting its joys, as well as the barriers encountered in the process,” said Becky Weichhand, executive director at CCAI. “Members of Congress are then able to use their new experiential understanding of these issues to create policy improvements that better support these children and the families that open their hearts and homes to them.”
For more information, visit www.ccainstitute.org or www.angelsinadoption.org/
Pictured are Charline and Marcell Rowland with their oldest adopted son. Photo courtesy of CCAI.