NORMAN — Sen. James M. Inhofe has selected Kate C. Arnold, M.D., as a 2013 Angels in Adoption awardee for her advocacy of adoption and foster care issues.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, which orchestrates the Angels in Adoption program, will honor Dr. Arnold at an awards ceremony Tuesday and a gala Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Arnold is being honored for adopting three children as a single mom while finishing medical school and starting residency in OBGYN at the University of Oklahoma.
In 2003, Arnold volunteered at a San Francisco Bay Area home for teenage mothers. While volunteering, Arnold met Miriam, a mother to two boys. Arnold developed a relationship with Miriam, her boys and a daughter born during that time.
In March 2011, Child Protective Services removed Miriam’s children. In October 2011, a social worker asked her to name who her children should go to if she lost them permanently. Miriam named Arnold.
At the time, Arnold was attending Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. However, she immediately petitioned Georgetown for the ability to complete her fourth year of medical school in California so she could become the children’s foster parent and begin adoption proceedings.
In July 2012, Arnold returned to California, and by August, the children were living with her. This year, she graduated from GUMC and the family moved to Oklahoma City so Arnold could begin her residency at OU.
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