The couple have taken in dozens of infants until they were placed in a foster home or returned to family members who have gained custody, Kathy Prosser said.
The Prossers’ commitment shows that they really love what they do, Schiff said.
“They love opening up their family to new children and sharing their love with young people who come from difficult circumstances, and I think it’s quite wonderful,” Schiff said. “Families like the Prossers who become foster and adoptive parents enrich their lives and the lives of their children. And it also gives a special home to children who go without.”
Each congressional representative can invite their constituents to nominate the foster and adoptive parents. Not all of the representatives do, but Schiff has continued the tradition since he took office in 2001, he said.
The recognition is secondary to the need to provide homes for the children, Kathy Prosser said.
“It’s exciting, but mostly, it is nice that we’re getting out some information on fostering and adopting of these kids,” she said.
The couple have two birth daughters. They adopted a third daughter, Shelley, who died three months after her baby was born. The Prossers adopted the child, Jacob, who is now 14 years old, Kathy Prosser said.
Their eldest daughter, Mindy, has three children and lives in Washington. Their second daughter, Katie, just had her first baby on July 4 and lives in La Crescenta.
Child SHARE recommended the Prossers to Schiff for the award. John Prosser is a past president and serves as vice president of the board.