“The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) will honor Mike Magnotti of New Life Adoptions of Wenatchee as an Angel in Adoption™ at an awards ceremony on October 8 and gala on October 9 in Washington, D.C.”, according to a recent announcement by CCAI.
Magnotti, M.A. and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, was nominated by Congressman Dave Reichert. “Mike Magnotti has been helping children and families with the adoption process since 2007, … [after] he specialized in child abuse and domestic violence cases during his 20 years of service with the Wenatchee Police Department,” said Reichert in his nomination.
Magnotti’s announcement of the award on his website thanked the families. “Of course, the true reasons for this award are the New Life families who have, so far, adopted 28 children from the Washington State foster care system, three infants via private adoption, two orphans from Haiti, one from the Congo, over 20 stepchildren and grandchildren, and the five families who now have eight foster children in their homes, waiting for them to become “Sons” and “Daughters.”’
The CCAI announcement said, “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 their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. Each year more than 140 Angels are honored through the Angels in Adoption Program™.
The Angels in Adoption Program™ has a dual purpose of inspiring the “Angels” and giving personal stories to educate members of Congress.
“Because of it, over 2000 ‘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, Executive Director of CCAI. “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.”
According the CCAI website, “The Angels in Adoption travel to Washington D.C. to participate in three days of events all designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue.”
Magnotti’s story is inspired Reichert. Reichert’s nomination said, “Mike selflessly puts the needs of the children ahead of his own and even cut his salary in half in the face of reduced donations to ensure that New Life Adoptions can continue to place children in loving homes. Mike has dedicated his life’s work to child welfare for over two decades and has played a vital role in raising awareness of the foster care program in the Wenatchee Area. We honor Mike for his unwavering resolve to improving the lives of foster care children in our community.
New Life Adoptions of Wenatchee is a 501(C)3 corporation at 1127 Grant Rd. in East Wenatchee. He can be reached at 888-2768 or through the website, www.NewLifeAdoptions.org.