Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in honor of Ms. Evangelina Mendiola for winning this year’s Angels in Adoption Award. Hastings nominated Ms. Mendiola for the award, which is given annually by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Program:
“I was so pleased to nominate Evangelina Mendiola for the 2018 Angels in Adoption Award and am elated to see her selected as an honoree. In addition to regularly opening her home and heart as a caring foster parent, Evangelina is currently in the process of adopting her fifth child. She certainly stands out in our community for her stalwart commitment to the welfare of children.
“Evangelina has gone above and beyond to improve the lives of children in need of a permanent, loving home. I commend her inspiring dedication to the welfare of children, and wish her the very best as she continues to make the dream of a family a reality for the children she has given a warm and loving home.”
ABOUT: Founded in 2001, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonprofit organization with the vision that every child should know the love and support of a caring family. Every year, CCAI’s Angels in Adoption™ Program selects a small group of outstanding individuals, families, or organizations across the nation that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. For more information on Angels in Adoption, please visit: www.angelsinadoption.org.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings represents Florida’s 20th district, and serves as a Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida delegation.