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Toomey’s Take: A Loving Home for Every Child

  |  Pat Toomey December 1, 2016

Every child needs and deserves a safe, stable, and loving home life. My wife, Kris, and I have been blessed with three wonderful, healthy children. We cherish them and place our obligations to them above all other responsibilities. But for hundreds of thousands of children, circumstances have robbed them of the love and support of a family.

Fortunately, there are "angels" -- people who selflessly choose to open their hearts and their homes to children in need. These inspiring Americans reside all over the country and many are here in Pennsylvania.

One such "angel organization" is Diakon Adoption & Foster Care located throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. As an organization that has been serving children and families since 1868, Diakon was one of the first agencies in the country to focus extensively on the placement of children with special needs-and one of the first in this state to offer foster-to-adopt services.

Serving eastern and central Pennsylvania from multiple locations, Daikon works to ensure that adopted children in the commonwealth have the opportunity to safely grow up as a member of a loving family. The organization employs a range of cutting-edge approaches, particularly in serving older kids in danger of aging out of foster care without the permanence of a family and in preparing everyone involved in foster care or adoption for the challenges they may face.

Diakon has been a lifeline to thousands of children and families in Pennsylvania. Each year, Diakon serves more than 70,000 people across the state, cultivates relationships with dependable and loving families, navigates innumerable legal hurdles and places hundreds of children in the loving arms of their new and joy-filled parents.

As the holidays approach, it is important to remember why organizations like Diakon are critical for so many families. We can all lose sight of what is important during the holiday season because of what it brings - the house to decorate, cookies to be made, presents to be bought, cards to be sent-and that's just the tip of the iceberg. But organizations like Diakon spend countless hours to ensure that foster children across the state have a loving home and family with which to spend their holiday.

Each year, Members of Congress recognize community leaders who have truly made a difference for children by nominating an individual or organization to be an "Angel in Adoption."

The "Angels in Adoption" program was established in 1999 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Since then, the program has honored more than 1,800 individuals, families, and organizations. I was pleased this year to nominate Diakon Adoption & Foster Care as Pennsylvania's "Angel in Adoption."

Our commonwealth is full of such unsung heroes whose work and community service are directed to finding ways to improve the circumstances of others and the condition of our communities.

Thank you, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, for your commitment to the children of Pennsylvania.