|Examples of Angel stories|
Use these examples as a guide as you write your 325-word (or less) bio about your Angel in Adoption® recommendation.
Rachel Ewald runs a volunteer-driven organization that serves between 3,600 and 4,000 foster children annually. The Foster Care Support Foundation started in a garage in 1997 to help address the tremendous lack of support for foster children in crisis. The Foster Care Support Foundation, a non-profit organization, gives free clothes, toys and safe infant-care equipment to some of Georgia's 13,300 foster children. The organization began in 2000 and served 864 children in its first year, and that number quickly grew until it reached almost 4,000 in 2008. In addition to her tremendous contributions to the Foster Care Support Foundation, Rachel Ewald has personally fostered more than 50 children.
Gary and Sandy Launderville
The Laundervilles started their journey when they became licensed foster parents in 1991. In 1996, the Laundervilles became certified adoptive parents. In addition to providing foster care for 96 children, the Laundervilles have also adopted seven children and have four biological children. Gary serves as Sheriff of Buena Vista County. Sandy is a Foster Parent Liaison in eleven northwest Iowa counties. She provides new and existing foster parents with information on adoption. Sandy is a Family Team Facilitator for Buena Vista and Clay counties. She provides support and resources to help strengthen families. As if Sandy's contributions were not enough, she leads the foster and adoptive parent support groups in northwest Iowa. In addition to the work the Laundervilles do on behalf of children through foster care and adoption, they have provided a home for foreign exchange students and are members of the Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta. They are actively engaged with the adult, youth, and children groups at their church. The Laundervilles are truly angels in the eyes of the community and in the eyes of the children they have cared for.
Lea Ann Gollihue
Lea Ann Gollihue is the founder of For Jamie's Sake, a non-profit, faith-based foster and adoptive resource center in Ashland, KY. With Mary-Ann Clark and Becky Brown, Ms. Gollihue founded For Jamie's Sake in 2002, to raise awareness and recruit new foster and adoptive families. For Jamie's Sake provides information on adoption and foster care, monthly training, and emergency clothing and furniture needs. It also runs a program called Wishing Well which works to grant the wishes made by children in states' Special Needs Adoption Program. For Jamie's Sake recently collaborated with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to create a license plate to promote adoption awareness. The hard work and dedication of Ms. Gollihue and everyone at ForJamie's Sake has made a lasting impact on the lives of so many children and families across Kentucky.
Leanne, a licensed social worker, has 10 years of experience with the Adults Adopting Special Kids (AASK) Program, North Dakota's collaborative adoption program that serves children from foster care and the families who adopt them. She is employed by Catholic Charities North Dakota and has served as the Director of AASK since October of 1998. Leanne was active in providing information for the passage of P.L. 110-351 (Fostering Connections to Sucess and Increasing Adoptions Act). She traveled to Washington D.C. and met with Congressional staff to advocate for its passage.