|Examples of Angel Bios|
Use these examples as a guide as you write your 300-word (or less) bio about your Angel!
Rachel EwaldRepresentative Tom Price
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, volunteer driven organization gives free clothes, toys and safe infant-care equipment to some of Georgia's 13,300 foster children. The organization quickly grew from serving 864 children in its first year of incorporation in 2000 to almost 4000 children 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 LaundervilleRepresentative Steve King
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 strenghten families. As if Sandy's contributions were not 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 have been an asset to the northwest Iowa community. The Laundervilles are truly angels in the eyes of the community and in the eyes of the children they have cared for.
Lee Ann GollihueSenator Jim Bunning
Lea Ann Gollihue is the founder of For Jamie's Sake, a non-profit, faith based foster and adoptive resource center in Ashland, KY. Ms. Gollihue founded For Jamie's Sake in 2002, with Mary-Ann Clark and Becky Brown, to raise awareness and recruit new foster 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 allows children in states' Special Needs Adoption Program to make a wish and then work to have the wish granted. For Jamie's Sake recently collaberated 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 JohnsonSenator Byron Dorgan
Leanne, a licenesed social worker; has 10 years of experience with the Adults Adopting Special Kids (AASK) Program, North Dakota's collaborative adoption program serving 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.
Mark, Janet, and Nathan CarltonRepresentative Bart Gordon
In August 2008, Mark and Janet Carlton of Murfreesboro, Tennessee warmly welcomed a little boy from Guatemala City, Guatemala into their hearts and lives. Nathan, now two years old, has found a loving family with this couple, to whom adoption has always been important. Mark and Janet's interest in Latin America was sparked in college during a church mission trip to Honduras to help families rebuild their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1999. As Mrs. Hildabrand states, "There are too many children sitting and waiting another day for a forever family, and there are too many children sitting in foster care, day after day, losing their childhood." The Hildabrand's advice to anyone wanting to become involved is that "any effort to help will never be wasted: No matter the magnitude of your gestures, you will be touching lives and helping to change the future."