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Heitkamp seeks Angels in Adoption nominees

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Monday, June 19, that she is seeking nominations from North Dakotans to honor families, individuals and organizations that have shown dedication to improving the lives of children in foster homes and adoptions for this year’s Angels in Adoption.

Working with the Angels in Adoption program, members of Congress honor individuals, families or organizations in their states who have bettered the lives of foster and adopted children, while also raising public awareness about the selflessness of those who open their homes to children. Heitkamp is seeking nominations of North Dakotans who positively impact foster and adopted children in the state.

Nominations can be made at and will be accepted until July 11. For further questions or assistance in the nominating process, contact Heitkamp’s office at 1-800-223-4457.

Last year, Heitkamp honored Carrol Burchinal from Bismarck as her 2016 Angel in Adoption. Burchinal has been a part of the Bismarck foster care community for nearly half of his life. He and his wife have provided a safe and loving home to more than 260 foster children over more than 40 years.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute holds an Angels in Adoption Gala each year in Washington, D.C., to honor the Angels, organizations and professionals that positively impact foster and adoptive children from around the country. The Angels can be adoptive parents, foster parents, a social worker, attorney, an adoptee, physician, nurse, teacher, mentor, or child advocate who has made a difference in the lives of children through adoption, foster care or child welfare advocacy.