Eva Ford, the founder of A Greater Hope, a nonprofit that has helped more than 6,000 foster children in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, has been named an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Ford was nominated by Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, according to a statement.
The 84-year-old Ford, who grew up in poverty in New Orleans, is one of approximately 70 honorees this year whose work in adoption or foster care has had a national impact.
In 2002 Ford founded the Greater Hope Foundation – now known as A Greater Hope – which serves the Inland Empire. It supports foster children and families, helping them find homes through adoption.
A Greater Hope also provides behavioral health programs that address mental health needs, and it supports the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
Ford and her fellow nominees were honored at a virtual gala event earlier this month in which they met with members of Congress and shared ideas about adoption and foster care, according to the statement.