Congressman Cardoza honors Childhelp Co-Founders for dedication to adoption


Childhelp® co-founders, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, received the Angels in Adoption™ award today from California Congressman Dennis Cardoza and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) for their lifelong dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.

CCAI’s Angels in Adoption™ program raises Congressional awareness about the thousands of foster children in the U.S. and the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, loving homes. The Angels in Adoption™ gala provides an opportunity for Members of Congress to commend their outstanding constituents who have enriched the lives of children through their advocacy of adoption and foster care issues.

“Childhelp was a natural fit for the Angels in Adoption™ award because of their efforts to promote the holistic welfare of neglected and abused children in their care,” said Rep. Cardoza. “From therapy to therapeutic foster homes and residential treatment facilities – they provide the love and hope our children need to break the cycle of violence.”

Sarah Rodriguez, vice president of corporate relations for Childhelp, and Rep. Dennis Cardoza

Currently, there are over 100,000 children in California’s foster care system. For 20 years, Childhelp’s Foster Family and Adoption Agency ofCalifornia has provided both foster care and adoption services to these youth and families, including adoptions with relatives and assisting with adoptive homes when birth parents choose to relinquish newborn children. Through their efforts over the past 53 years – Childhelp has positively impacted the lives of more than 5 million children.

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