He only recently found out about his own adoption, as he was writing his autobiography six years ago. He writes on his website regarding himself and co-founder Sheila Jaffe, “We are the fortunate childrenâ€¦we got taken home. There are many children who did not. There are many children growing up without parents, in the foster care â€œsystemâ€ or with parents who arenâ€™t really equipped. These children do not have the opportunities we had, or parental hands to guide and support them as we did. We want to give to these children. We want to give them what so many of us are lucky enough to take for grantedâ€¦new opportunities â€¦ new adventures.”
The award will be presented tonight by the CCAI, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, at the 2006 Angels in Adoption Gala. Also being honored is Miami Dolphins quarterback Dante Culpepper, former foster child himself.
Via – StarPulse