Every year, through the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption program, members of Congress honor an individual, family or organization from their district that has made a difference in the lives of children in need of a family. Congressman Michael McMahon of Staten Island, New York nominated Merle Ellis as his Angel in Adoption this year.
Ms. Ellis has been a foster and adoptive parent since 1999, opening up her home and her heart to 50 children, eight of whom she has adopted. "We asked her to adopt us. I just like being with her - I thought that she would make a good mother" says Ms. Ellis’s adoptive son Timothy who she first fostered at the age of 10 years old along with his sister.
We are grateful to Congressman McMahon for honoring Ms. Ellis, a foster and adoptive mother who has worked tirelessly with The Children’s Aid Society to help provide a safe and loving home to children in crisis,” said Richard Buery, President and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society.
The Children’s Aid Society finds homes for more than 500 children each year in our foster care program, which includes such specialized services as family foster care, medical foster care, therapeutic foster care and services for teens aging out of foster care.
"When I heard I got this award, I said, 'Why me? Why me?'" she said. "I didn't do this for the awards or anything. I just did it for my heart."
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