Rep. Kristi Noem today announced Robert and JoDee Ingalls of Faith, South Dakota, have been honored as 2017 Angels in Adoption. Ranchers in rural South Dakota, the Ingalls family has been blessed with 11 biological children, including a newborn baby, and seven adoptive children.

“It is so special to be able to nominate as Angels in Adoption a family as compassionate and faithful as the Ingalls,” said Noem. “I remember seeing a Facebook message JoDee posted a while back where she wrote: ‘We’re all different… interests, number of chromosomes, abilities, color” and still they are a family with ‘an incredible love of each other… Maybe children are the example God intended us to use to teach adults.’ Certainly, our world could learn a thing or two from the Ingalls family.  With each birth and each adoption, Robert and JoDee have taught their children compassion, patience, inventiveness, and understanding. They are more than deserving of the title Angels in Adoption.”

“We deeply appreciate Congresswoman Noem’s ongoing interest and support in strengthening families,” said Robert and JoDee Ingalls.  “We are also grateful to our family, church, and community who so selflessly supported us during our adoptions and through the times of our children’s medical treatments.  Our children have enriched our lives in ways we never dreamed.”

A strong supporter of adoption, Noem is a cosponsor of H.R.2476, the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, which would make the current tax credit fully refundable to help more families afford to adopt.

The Ingalls 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 15 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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