LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough Honored as ‘Angel in Adoption’

LSU Law Professor Lucy McGough, Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, was recently nominated by Sen. David Vitter as a 2008 Angel in Adoption for her advocacy of foster care and adoption.  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, or CCAI, which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption program, will honor McGough, along with more than 180 Angels, at an awards ceremony and gala event in Washington, DC, Sept.16.

McGough has worked in foster care and adoption for more than 40 years, first as a social worker in Atlanta, then as a lawyer and law professor at Emory University and now LSU. In the 1970s, she worked with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office on a special project to free long-term foster care children for adoption.

Since moving to Louisiana, she has continued to teach family law and juvenile law, and chair the Children’s Code Advisory Committee to the Louisiana State Law Institute. Nearly every legislative session, McGough and other adoption advocates have brought needed adoption reforms to the legislature for enactment. McGough herself is the mother of seven children, one of whom is adopted.

“I realize that the honoree space on this award is just too small to permit the listing of the 26 long-time members of the Children’s Code Advisory Committee, which is responsible for ensuring that adoption law in this state represents best practices in the field and remains responsive to the needs of children and families,” McGough said. “We are proud of our work within the Louisiana Law Institute and our role in the legislative process.”

The Angels in Adoption program is CCAI’s signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. 

This year, CCAI is celebrating its 10th anniversary of honoring ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Over the last 10 years, CCAI has highlighted the work of more than 1,300 people making a lasting difference in the life of a child.  

“The Angels in Adoption program is unlike any other program in the nation’s capital. Because of it, more than 300 ‘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 the 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.”  

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States, and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe and loving homes through adoption.  CCAI’s goal is the elimination of the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.  

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