Newhouse Recognizes Pasco Residents as “Angels in Adoption” During National Adoption Month
RICHLAND, Washington – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) today recognized Janice and Dean Walker with the 2015 Angels in Adoption award for Washington’s 4th Congressional District during National Adoption Month.
Janice and Dean Walker are residents of Pasco who already had four biological children under the age of six when they adopted their twin five-year old sons from Zambia, Africa in 2010. In 2011, the Walkers had another biological daughter. In 2012, the Walkers adopted two five-year old sons, this time from China. Both of the sons the Walkers adopted from China had special needs, and while in China they learned that Janice would have another biological child. In 2013, the Walker family included 10 children. The Walkers’ story of adoption continues: Janice and Dean are now working to adopt a daughter from China with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
“The Walkers consider themselves to be ordinary people with 10 children who are phenomenal,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The message the Walkers send is anything but ordinary: adoption is a calling for families, including for those with their own biological children. Their ability to open their homes to orphans and their example of dedication to live for others make Janice and Dean true angels of adoption. I am honored to recognize them today. As we celebrate National Adoption Month, I hope the Walker Family will inspire others who are considering adoption. ”
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides. CCAI’s Angels in Adoption initiative provides an opportunity for Members of Congress to honor an individual or entity from their district which has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes.