Tennessean Nominated by Hagerty Chosen as Angels in Adoption Honoree

November 1, 2023

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) in August nominated John Thomas “J.T.” Harding for the 2023 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption program. Last month, J.T. was selected as an Angels in Adoption honoree.

“I was honored to nominate J.T. for the Angels in Adoption program,” said Senator Hagerty. “J.T. exemplifies the heart and soul of Tennesseans by caring for and advocating for our most vulnerable. I heartily congratulate J.T. on this outstanding achievement as he continues to make a positive difference in the Volunteer State through his hard work and dedication to bolstering foster care and adoption.”

J.T. also gave his gratitude for Senator Hagerty’s nomination:

“As a child my parents encouraged my love for music, to think I met Senator Hagerty at one of my songwriter shows and then chosen as an Angel In Adoption is truly a full circle moment and I’m very honored.”

Pictured above: Senator Hagerty with Angels in Adoption Honoree J.T. Harding

About the 2023 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption:

The Angels in Adoption® Program allows Members of Congress and their staff to learn first-hand about adoption and foster care efforts taking place within their state and across the country. The Angel honorees have the opportunity to travel to D.C. to meet with congressional offices and other child welfare advocates to hone their advocacy skills, share their experience and expertise, and leave feeling empowered to continue on their good work and inspire others to do so as well. The program also draws national and local media attention to raise public awareness about the positive difference adoption and fostering makes in the life of a child.