Rep. Schiff Selects Grant and Frances Delgatty as 2010 Angels in Adoption Awardees

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced he has selected Grant and Frances Delgatty of Pasadena to be this year’s recipient of the 29th Congressional District “Angels in Adoption” award, an annual award sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI).

“The Delgattys are wonderful parents who have opened their hearts and home to a new child,” Rep. Schiff said. “As biological parents, adoptive parents and advocates for foster care children, the Delgattys exemplify what it means to be ‘Angels in Adoption.’ Very-family centered, Grant and Frances invest their time supporting their children’s sporting, school and church activities. We are very fortunate to have their shining example.”

The couple, nominated for this award by Olive Crest Foster and Adoption Agency, have two biological sons, Dezin, 7, and Racin, 5, and became interested in fostering a child with the intention of adoption to grow their family while offering a loving home to a child in need. On Halloween 2008, a baby girl only days old, Braxtin Frances, was greeted by the excited family and enthusiastically welcomed into their home.

“The Delgattys are such a willing family and one that has really opened up their hearts to the cause,” said John Andersen, Director of Foster and Adoptions for Los Angeles County. “Not only do Grant and Frances go above and beyond for their own family, but they have also been great advocates for foster children and active champions of adoption. Adoptive families like the Delgattys improve our communities, one life at a time. Bringing children into a family environment in which they receive love and support helps them to grow and develop into happy, beautiful individuals.”

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute was founded in 1999 to promote awareness of the significant need for loving and stable homes for foster and foreign children. Each year, CCAI encourages Members of Congress to nominate a constituent who has “enriched the lives of children through adoption” for an “Angels in Adoption” award. All nominees are subsequently honored at a banquet in Washington, DC.

Rep. Schiff is a Member of the Congressional Adoption Caucus and welcomes nominations for next year’s “Angels in Adoption” award. For information on how to submit a nomination for next year’s award please contact Congressman Schiff’s district office at 626-304-2727.