A San Antonio associate judge is being honored for his efforts in placing orphaned and neglected children in new homes.

Since 2004, Associate Judge Richard Garcia has spent his days hearing cases of child abuse and neglect, as well as child support, visitation and adoption.

In honor of his contributions in placing Bexar County children into homes with caring families, U.S. Congressman Charles Gonzalez selected Garcia as an Angel in Adoption.

Angels in Adoption is a public awareness program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). It is designed to afford members of Congress a means of recognizing the outstanding achievements of constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the U.S. and abroad.

According to CCAI, the Bexar County Children's Court, with assistance from several other local and agencies, is leading the State of Texas in the number of children adopted over the past five years, averaging over 1,000 adoptions each year.

The Angels in Adoption program is unlike any other program in the nation's capital. Because of it, over 1,700 'Angels' have come to share with Washington their adoption experience and left with a renewed excitement of all that adoption makes possible, said Kathleen Strottman, executive director of CCAI. I learned one simple lesson from my time on the hill: Knowledge is power. Angels in Adoption is meant to give members of Congress the knowledge they need to use the power they have toward making the dream of a family a reality for every child.

Garcia will be honored along with more than 150 other 'Angels' from across the country in a special awards ceremony and gala to be held in Washington, D.C. on October 5.

To find out more CCAI's Angels in Adoption, go to

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