Tuesday U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Patty and Gary Wicks, from Silver Creek, will be receiving a congressional distinction honoring them for being "Angels in Adoption."
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption program provides a way for Members of Congress to honor an individual, couple or organization from their state or district that has made a difference in the lives of children that are in need of a family to call their own. This year, Schumer nominated Patty and Gary Wicks for their more than two decades of foster care.
"Our society can be measured by how we treat our most vulnerable citizens; this metric is true of individuals and families as well. Patty and Gary Wicks, over the course of more than 23 years, have opened their doors to over 80 foster children in need of a family, raising each and every one of them with love and care, including adopted sons and daughters who struggle with multiple, serious medical conditions. They are fully deserving of this congressional honor, and beyond that deserve our highest esteem," said Schumer.
(From left) Gary and Patty Wicks are pictured with Derek, Brianna and Marissa.
Schumer said that Patty and Gary Wicks exemplify Angels in Adoption to the fullest. Since their foster certification in 1990, the Wicks have opened their family's home to over 80 foster children. The care and attention the Wicks express to their family members is recognized by community members. The Court Appointed Special Advocate in charge of visiting the foster children in their placement homes praises the Wicks compassion in caring for their nine children, four of which are adopted, including one that is disabled. Schumer said the Wicks are a truly remarkable couple who have aided so many children that they deserve to be recognized.
The family will officially receive their award Oct. 8 and will be attending a gala in Washington, D.C. Oct. 9.
Past honorees include foster parents, adoptive parents, social workers, adoption advocates, foster care organizations, or judges. Since 1999, Members of Congress have honored over 1,800 individuals, families and organizations through CCAI's Angels in Adoption.