IN RECOGNITION OF VIRGINIA'S 10TH DISTRICT 2017 ANGELS IN ADOPTION AWARDEE; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 154
(Extensions of Remarks - September 26, 2017)

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  IN RECOGNITION OF VIRGINIA'S 10TH DISTRICT 2017 ANGELS IN ADOPTION 
                                AWARDEE

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                         HON. BARBARA COMSTOCK

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  Mrs. COMSTOCK. Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to recognize the 
generosity of a family in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, 
Colleen and Richard Davis. The Davis' have provided a loving home to 
two beautiful twin boys, and, this year, I am pleased to congratulate 
them on being the Tenth District Angels in Adoption Awardee.
  Colleen and Richard had three biological children of their own, as 
well as one special needs adopted child, raising them in a warm and 
loving home in Winchester, Virginia. During Colleen's service to the 
New Eve Maternity Home, a home for expectant women in crisis pregnancy 
in Winchester, she met a young mother and her twin newborn boys. Upon 
seeing the traumatic situation, when the young mothers' drug abuse and 
other mental health problems caused Child Protective Services to plan 
on placing the newborns in a temporary foster arrangement, Colleen and 
Richard offered to take the twins into their home and care for them 
until the young woman was able to provide a stable upbringing.
  What was expected to be a few weeks of care was extended to months, 
and now about two years. While the last two years have surely been 
filled with joyous moments, it has not always been easy. Colleen and 
Richard have seen the young mother through many hardships and crises, 
always encouraging her to maintain a close relationship with her sons, 
even though it means frequent transporting of the twin boys to the 
mother's new home in another city. By opening their home and their 
hearts, Colleen and Richard have demonstrated the most sincere form of 
love possible.
  I am grateful to Colleen and Richard for helping the mothers and 
children who live at the New Eve Maternity Home and for the incredible 
generosity and sensitivity they have displayed in caring for the twins 
as though they were their own, as well as their willingness to return 
them to their natural mother, if she becomes able to care for them. Mr. 
Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Colleen and 
Richard's tireless dedication to foster care, making these parents not 
only stand out in Virginia's Tenth Congressional District, but earning 
our recognition as deserving of the 2017 Angels in Adoption award.

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