Rep. Kristi Noem today announced that Danny and Amanda Oaks of Rapid City, South Dakota, have been honored as 2018 Angels in Adoption.

After having two children biologically, Danny and Amanda Oaks locally adopted a baby girl. A few years later, their adopted daughter’s birth mother asked them to adopt her newborn baby girl. They agreed and became a family of six.

“It’s very special to recognize such an incredible family through Angels in Adoption,” said Noem. “From the first time I heard the Oaks’ story, it was clear their journey would help inspire others wanting to make a difference through local adoption. It is an honor to nominate them. Congratulations, Danny and Amanda, on this well-deserved recognition.”

“We feel honored to receive this nomination,” said Danny and Amanda Oaks. “It is God who orchestrates families and places us all where He would have us. It’s been our joy to see the Lord use adoption to turn us into a family of 6. May anyone who sees our name or picture recognize the loving choice made by the girls' birth mom, the hours of work put in by social workers and counselors to ensure peace in the choice, as well as the financial support poured out by those around us. It is our joy to cherish all of our children and point them to Jesus, the Maker of families, the Redeemer of heartaches and loss.”

A strong supporter of adoption, Noem successfully advocated to preserve the Adoption Tax Credit during tax reform discussions and has cosponsored the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, which would make the current tax credit fully refundable to help more families afford to adopt. Additionally, Noem is a cosponsor of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which bans government discrimination of faith-based adoption agencies.

The Oaks family, along with more than 100 other recipients from across the country, have been recognized by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) as Angels in Adoption.  Over the last 18 years, CCAI has honored more than 1,800 ‘Angels’ from across the country who have made a lasting impact on the lives of children.

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