Friday, September 21, 2012 / 2:05 pm
CCAI Angels In Adoption Gala Event
Speaking at the CCAI Angels In Adoption Gala in Washington D.C. last week, Katherine and her husband Josh Kelley told the audience, "People often say, ‘Your daughters are so lucky that you adopted them'. That sentiment has never sat well with us. It doesn't seem to fit right because the truth is we're so lucky for these kids."
The couple were speaking at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, where they were being honored as National Angels In Adoption for their dedication and commitment to adoption and foster care issues. "It's nice for us to participate in something that means something for a change. We feel a little silly being honored for doing the right thing - it feels like the right thing is just the right thing to do; you don't get awards for it, you get your heart filled for it," she explained.
"We're not shy about what we do with our children - putting them out there - because we feel that we want to lead by example," Kelley said. "We want people to realize that the need is there, and this is a fantastic way to grow a family."
Katherine also explained that she appreciated the bipartisan nature of adoption that the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Gala demonstrated. "Anything I'm talking about, I feel like is a human issue, it's bipartisan, it's not affiliated with one party or another, it's just human issues, compassion for animals, compassion for children, those sort of things I think we can all be on the same team about." She added, "I try to stay out of party politics. I'm not educated enough to have a platform for an opinion." The couple received their award from Senator Mary Landrieu.
Speaking to Glittarazzi, Katherine and Josh were asked about their own experience of adoption. The pair have two adopted daughters, Nancy Leigh (Naleigh) Mi-Eun Kelley who will be four in November and Adalaide Marie Hope Kelley who is six months old:
R & B artist Ne-Yo, PEOPLE Magazine and local 'Angels' recognized by 143 Members of Congress, were also honored at the 14th annual awards gala.