WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today selected Paul and Mandy Mueting of Kearney, Neb., as 2011 Angels in Adoption award recipients. The Muetings have one biological daughter, Lydia, and three adopted sons, Steven, Eddie and Evan.
“I have great admiration for foster and adoptive parents,” said Johanns. “I am thrilled to nominate Paul and Mandy as Adoption Angels. Their love for their children is an inspiration, and it is my hope that their example will inspire others to consider adopting a child or children in need of loving homes.”
After expressing interest in adopting children, the Meutings were introduced to Steven and Eddie, whose mother, a foster child herself, was preparing to put the children up for adoption. The boys were placed in the Meutings home but contact with their mother was lost before the adoption papers were signed.
Several months later, the boys were reunified with their birth mother at her request. A year later, the boys’ mother decided to relinquish her parental rights. Knowing of the Muetings’ love for her children, she notified authorities that she wished to have the children adopted by them. In addition, the Muetings’ were asked by another mother to adopt her soon-to-be-born son, Evan. All three adoptions were finalized in 2010.
Angels in Adoption is a program that honors those who have enriched the lives of foster and adopted children in the United States. Paul and Mandy will be honored this fall at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., along with other Adoption Angels from across the country.