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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Honors Michael J. McMahon
of the Gladney Center for Adoption
As an Angel in AdoptionTM To Be Recognized at National Event in Washington, DC
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Fort Worth, Texas -- Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has nominated Michel J. McMahon, of the Gladney Center for Adoption as a 2008 Angel in AdoptionTM for his outstanding advocacy of adoption. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in AdoptionTM program, will honor McMahon at an awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, DC, September 16, 2008.

Mike is being honored for twenty years of leadership at the Gladney Center for Adoption. McMahon has the unique distinction of being only the eighth leader of a 120 year old institution, and he is also the first adoptive parent to lead the organization. Coming to Gladney in 1988 with a hospital administration background, McMahon has always had the vision and passion to create new and visionary programs. From his early beginnings exploring and later developing intercountry adoption programs, he found change was essential to the agency's continued success. "Gladney's willingness to adapt to society's changing needs is the single most important thing we have done over the years. Without change, Gladney would not still be here," McMahon says. During McMahon's tenure, over 4,300 children have been placed in permanent and loving homes.

The Gladney Center for Adoption is one of the oldest and largest maternity homes and adoption agencies in the United States, placing more than 28,000 children in permanent homes and assisting more than 37,000 birth mothers. In addition to placing children born in the United States, Gladney's intercountry program is committed to finding permanent homes for children in other countries. Adoption opportunities are available in several countries around the world including Eastern European, Asian, African and Latin American countries. A genuine commitment to client and social service makes Gladney an exceptional adoption agency and a national leader in adoption.

The Angels in AdoptionTM 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 United States and abroad.

This year, CCAI is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of honoring ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Over the last 10 years, CCAI has highlighted the work of over 1,300 people making a lasting difference in the life of a child.

"The Angels in Adoption program is unlike any other program in the Nation's Capitol. Because of it, over 1300 'Angels' have come to share with Washington their adoption experience and left with a renewed excitement of all that adoption makes possible," said Kathleen Strottman. "I learned one simple lesson from my time on the hill, knowledge is power. Angels in Adoption is meant to give Members of Congress the knowledge they need to use the power they have toward making the dream of a family a reality for every child."

In addition to the more than 180 local angels from around the country, several National Angels will also be recognized at the ceremony and gala for their dedication and commitment nationally and internationally to child welfare on a grand scale. Former "National Angels" include First Lady Laura Bush, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Muhammad Ali, the late Dave Thomas, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bruce Willis, Alonzo Mourning, and Marcus Samuelsson.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption. CCAI's goal is the elimination of the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.

CCAI was created in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA) to more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about the issue of adoption.

The Angels in AdoptionTM program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign culminating in an extraordinary awards Gala and celebration in Washington, D.C.

The Angels in AdoptionTM program is made possible through the generous support of Diamond and Founding Sponsor, the Freddie Mac Foundation, and Platinum Sponsor, SuperValu, Inc.

CCAI does not receive any government funding and they rely on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish their mission. For more about CCAI visit http://www.ccainstitute.org and for more information about Gladney's adoption programs and humanitarian aid efforts please log onto www.gladney.org

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