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Couple receives Angel Award

September 25, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), left, congratulates Greg and Leah Switzer, with two of their adoptive children, on receiving the 2012 Angels in Adoption Award for the 29th Congressional District.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), left, congratulates Greg… (Photo courtesy…)

Burbank residents Greg and Leah Switzer were honored last week in Washington, D.C. as recipients of the 2012 Angels in Adoption Award for the 29th Congressional District, an annual award sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Greg and Leah Switzer were nominated by the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, and selected for this honor by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) earlier this year.

“Greg and Leah have shown themselves to be true angels by adopting siblings Peter, Alex and Elizabeth,” Schiff said. “While too many families are separated by the foster care and adoption process, Greg and Leah's commitment towards keeping this family together sets an incredible example. By opening their hearts and their home to these three amazing children, they have brought joy to themselves and the community.”

When the Switzers were married in 2000, they were both in their late 40s. After about three years of marriage, they wanted to adopt and determined that their home and lifestyle would be perfect for two children. On Sept. 29, 2007, they attended an adoption fair in Altadena, met a trio of young siblings composed of brothers Peter and Alex and sister Elizabeth, and wanted to adopt them immediately. The children had been living in various foster homes for six years, but it was not until they joined the Switzer family that they found a stable, loving home and parents.

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In addition to being a large sibling group, the children had special needs that the Switzer family worked together to overcome. Peter, now 15, is an honors student and active in the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, and Elizabeth, 13, and Alex, 11, are involved in the youth group at Magnolia Park United Methodist Church in Burbank.

Rep. Schiff is a member of the Congressional Adoption Caucus and welcomes nominations for next year’s award. For information, call (626) 304-2727.

Youth groups can piggyback on fundraiser

Burbank Kiwanis for Fun service club is offering youth groups a chance to make a few bucks by selling tickets to its annual Pancake Breakfast. Kiwanis will split the take with the youngsters. Tickets are $6 and for every ticket sold by youth group members, the Kiwanis will keep $3 to put toward their philanthropies, says member Donna Wade.

The pancake breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at UMe Federal Credit Union, 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd.

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