Michele was selected by Congressman Andre Carson for the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award. This award is given to individuals, couples or organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes. Michele will be able to travel to Washington D.C. in September, not only to be recognized, but to also meet with our Congressional leaders to advocate for issues related to adoption.
Please see the Congressman’s Press Release below.
For Immediate Release: August 31, 2012
Congressman André Carson Congratulates Indy’s Michele Jackson as a 2012 Angel in Adoption ™
Jackson to be Recognized at National Event in Washington, D.C.
INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman André Carson today congratulated Michele Jackson on her recognition as a 2012 Angel in AdoptionTM, an award that highlights her outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption™ program, will honor Jackson, an Indianapolis resident, along with more than 100 other Angels at an awards ceremony on September 11th and gala event on September 12th in Washington, D.C.
“Michele embodies the very best of our community,” said Congressman Carson. “She gives without expectation of receiving, and she labors tirelessly to afford a meaningful life to those for whom it seems beyond reach. The children of our community are lucky to have such an impassioned ally.”
Jackson has displayed through her legal work an unwavering commitment to the children and families impacted by adoption and foster care issues. She pledges her time and energy to aiding children in need of a home and empowering the loving families who hope to provide one.
In addition to forging an all-female law firm with a focus on international adoption, Jackson founded The Fatherless Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which provides grants to adopting families and assistance to orphaned and displaced children. Jackson supports older child adoptions and encourages international adoption, a passion that has taken her to orphanages all over the world. Jackson is the founder of MLJ Adoptions, the largest international adoption agency in Indiana, and she is an advocate for children through her support of Kids’ Voice of Indiana, an organization that provides guardians ad litem for children in need.
Despite these achievements, Jackson, who is only 37 years old, still finds time to direct nationwide conferences and seminars to assist her peers. And, perhaps most significantly, Jackson’s passion is personal, as she has adopted two sons from the Democratic Republic of Congo
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 constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad.
“The Angels in Adoption™ program is unlike any other program in the Nation’s Capital. Because of it, over 1800 “Angels” have come to share with Washington their adoption experiences and left with a renewed excitement of all that adoption makes possible,” said CCAI Executive Director 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 100 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. This year’s National Angels in Adoption™ are actress Katherine Heigl, singer/songwriter Josh Kelley and PEOPLE Magazine. 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, Rhea Perlman and Kristin Chenoweth.
More information on CCAI
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 Adoption™ 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 awards Gala and celebration in Washington, D.C.
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 information visit www.ccainstitute.org/ and www.angelsinadoption.org.