Nominations Are Now Open For Volunteers Who Help Individuals Search for Their Families
PASADENA, Calif. (March 26, 2015) – Spokeo, the leading people search service, has launched the call for 2015 Spokeo Search Angel Award nominations. For the third year in a row, the program is recognizing and rewarding the search angels who donate their time, resources and support to help adult adoptees and others search for, and reunite with their birth families.
In addition to the call for nominees, Spokeo announced that the winners of the 2014 Spokeo Search Angel Awards will be on a panel at the American Adoption Congress 36th International Annual Conference. The “Ask an Angel” panel will be an open forum for conference attendees to ask the angels about their research, work, success stories and more.
“Spokeo is dedicated to helping individuals find and connect with their loved ones,” said Vanessa Waite, director of communications, Spokeo. “We started the Spokeo Search Angel Awards three years ago and have seen increased participation each year. This year is unique because, for the first time, Spokeo will open the 2015 Spokeo Search Angel Award nominations at the American Adoption Congress International Annual Conference.”
Anyone in the U.S. can nominate individuals who have volunteered their time to this cause at www.SpokeoAngels.com until Friday, April 10. Only those who donate their searching services without receiving compensation are eligible. Up to five winners will receive:
- a cash grant to help counterbalance the personal costs they experience while searching
- a one-year membership to Spokeo
- an all-expense paid trip to the 2016 American Adoption Congress International Annual Conference
- the opportunity to offer reunion sponsorships to families who are matched by the angels during their time as an award winner (travel costs covered by Spokeo)
An advisory committee comprised of leaders in the adoption, foster care and search communities will provide program guidance, review nominations and select the Spokeo Search Angel Award winners. Advisory committee bios can be found at: https://spokeoangels.com/partners/#teambios.
Spokeo is also proud to partner with the Mixed Roots Foundation (www.mixedrootsfoundation.org), a nonprofit organization that leverages philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to provide post-adoption resources for adoptees and their families, to host the Spokeo Search Angel Fund, which distributes the winners’ cash grants and funds other adoptee search endeavors.
Spokeo is a leading people search service using proprietary technology to organize public information into comprehensive yet easy-to-understand online profiles. Based in Pasadena, Spokeo makes it easier than ever to help reunite friends and family, browse celebrities, and discover information about your online footprint, by simply searching a name, address, email, phone or username. For more information about Spokeo, visit www.spokeo.com or follow @spokeo on Twitter.
About American Adoption Congress
The American Adoption Congress is comprised of individuals, families and organizations committed to adoption reform. We represent those whose lives are touched by adoption or other loss of family continuity. We promote honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction. We provide education for our members and professional communities about the lifelong process of adoption. We advocate legislation that will grant every individual access to information about his or her family and heritage. For more information, please visit www.americanadoptioncongress.org.
About Mixed Roots Foundation
Mixed Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a vision to improve the lives of those who have been touched by adoption and foster care by leveraging philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to provide important post adoption resources including mentoring, DNA testing and scholarship/grants by promoting and supporting organizations that serve as a resource to the diverse adoption and foster care community, creating more awareness about the adoption and foster care experience and most importantly inspiring future generations of adoptees to achieve their dreams and goals through collaboration with likeminded individuals, businesses and organizations in the greater community. For more information, please visit: https://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org or follow @mixedroots on Twitter.