October 5, 2010
SEATTLE, WASH – Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash) issued the following statement today after announcing his selection of the Center for Children & Youth Justice as a 2010 Angel in Adoption. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption program, will honor the Center for Children & Youth Justice and its founder Bobbe Bridge, along with 140 other Angels, at a national awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, DC, October 6, 2010.
“I am pleased to nominate the Center for Children & Youth Justice for the 2010 Angels in Adoption award, and I am proud of the outstanding service they provide to residents of Seattle and the State of Washington” said Congressman McDermott. “As Founder, Justice Bridge has built upon her years of service on the King County’s Superior Court and the Washington State Supreme Court, and has used her new role to continue her tireless advocacy for Washington’s most vulnerable youth. Justice Bridge, Managing Director Michael Curtis, and the rest of the Center for Children & Youth Justice team have worked vigorously to improve Washington’s welfare and juvenile system and have greatly improved the lives of countless young Washingtonians.”
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.
Founded in 2006, the Center for Children & Youth Justice is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming Washington State’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The Center for Children & Youth Justice is committed to ensuring that more children and youth are diverted from Washington’s juvenile justice system and helping those children and youth who are involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems to maximize their potential to become more successful and productive members of their communities.
Click here for more information on the Angels in Adoption program.