Congressman Cardoza honors Childhelp Co-founders for dedication to adoption, positive child welfare

(PR NewsChannel) / October 4, 2011 / WASHINGTON 

ChildHelp Childhelp® co-founders, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, received the Angels in Adoption™ award today from California Congressman Dennis Cardoza and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) for their lifelong dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.

CCAI’s Angels in Adoption™ program raises Congressional awareness about the thousands of foster children in the U.S. and the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, loving homes. The Angels in Adoption™ gala provides an opportunity for Members of Congress to commend their outstanding constituents who have enriched the lives of children through their advocacy of adoption and foster care issues.

“Childhelp was a natural fit for the Angels in Adoption™ award because of their efforts to promote the holistic welfare of neglected and abused children in their care,” said Rep. Cardoza. “From therapy to therapeutic foster homes and residential treatment facilities – they provide the love and hope our children need to break the cycle of violence.”

Sarah Rodriguez, vice president of corporate relations for Childhelp, and Rep. Dennis Cardoza

Currently, there are over 100,000 children in California’s foster care system. For 20 years, Childhelp’s Foster Family and Adoption Agency ofCalifornia has provided both foster care and adoption services to these youth and families, including adoptions with relatives and assisting with adoptive homes when birth parents choose to relinquish newborn children. Through their efforts over the past 53 years – Childhelp has positively impacted the lives of more than 5 million children.

About Childhelp®: CEO and Co-Founder Sara O’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp’s approach focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services; children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.

For more information about Childhelp, please call (480) 922-8212 or visit

Ashleigh Allen
Gordon C. James Public Relations
Office: (602) 274-1988
Mobile: (602) 228-8145


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