September 26, 2008
Congressman Bob Filner announced that Julian and Lourdes Martinez of Chula Vista are his selection for the 2008 Angels in Adoption Award, sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Each year, the Coalition invites all Members of Congress to honor an individual, couple, or organization who make a difference in the lives of children through adoption and who deserve recognition.
“Julian and Lourdes are my 2008 Angels in Adoption,” said Congressman Filner, “because of their loving acceptance of a sibling set of three - April, Angel and Alejandro - who were in need of a forever family.”
Before taking the children into their home, Julian and Lourdes owned a business where they worked around the clock. In order to care for their new family, they closed the business, Julian took a job that allows him to spend time with his children, and Lourdes became a stay-at-home mother. The Angels in Adoption Award is their second recognition this year; Julian was recently named Employee of the Year at his place of employment.
“Julian and Lourdes are also enthusiastically working to send out the message about the importance of adoption. They volunteered their time to appear in a public service announcement (PSA) on Univision and CBS Channel 8 - local San Diego TV stations - and on radio,” said Filner.
Black Eye Studios produced the PSA, San Diego County Adoptions is the owner of the PSA, and U.S. Airways donated the plane trip to Washington so the Martinez Family could participate in the Gala Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. San Diego County Adoptions was the placement agency. Since the Angels in Adoption program’s beginning in 1999, Members of Congress have recognized more than 1200 Angels from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
As the father of an adopted child, Congressman Filner recognizes the contribution of those who adopt and who facilitate adoption. “I wholeheartedly support the Angels in Adoption Award as a way to raise awareness of the thousands of children in the United States who need permanent, safe, and loving homes,” concluded Filner.