FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Molly Drenkard
Press Secretary, Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
Spokane, Washington (September 1, 2016) –Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) today appeared on Good Morning Northwest to present State Representative Kevin Parker (R-Spokane) and Alene Alexander, the co-founder and executive director of Embrace Eastern Washington, respectively, with the Angels in Adoption Award. Embrace Eastern Washington is a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of the needs of foster families and local foster care systems in Washington and addresses the shortage of licensed foster care homes in the state.
“Every American should have the opportunity to seek his or her unique version of the American Dream, and that starts with the solid foundation of family,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. “I’m grateful for the work Rep. Parker, Alene, and the team at Embrace Eastern Washington are doing to protect, advocate for, and empower our community’s vulnerable youth. There are no unwanted children, just unfound families, and their work is making a real difference in opening hearts and minds across Eastern Washington.”
“Embrace Eastern Washington believes that when foster parents feel valued, social workers feel blessed, and all children feel wanted, a long-term impact will be made on the foster care system in Eastern Washington,” said Alene Alexander, executive director of Embrace Eastern Washington.
The Angels in Adoption program is the signature awareness program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. The program works to honor the work of individuals in communities across the country who work to enrich the lives of our nation’s orphans and foster youth. On September 21, the Congressional Coalition will host its annual Angels in Adoption awards gala, at which Embrace Eastern Washington will be recognized.