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WASHINGTON, DC —  U.S. Senator John Thune today announced his nomination of Michael and Emily Beck of Keystone for the 2010 Angels in Adoption Award, which is presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. The Becks have adopted four children out of foster care, three of which are siblings.

"Michael and Emily have cared deeply for children with significant needs," said Thune. "They are committed to providing a promising and loving future for their new family members. The Becks' story makes me proud to be a South Dakotan."

As high school sweethearts, the Becks felt a calling to grow their family through adoption. The couple worked diligently to reunite the three siblings after they were previously separated in foster care. The adoption of the three siblings was finalized earlier this year.

"We constantly work to promote foster care and advocate adoption as a way of life, believing in the call God has placed upon His people to care for those who have no family to care for them," said the Becks when talking about their philosophy on adoption. "We find joy in the smaller accomplishments, such as watching a child give a real hug for the first time, or speak after days of silence, or look at you in disbelief when you tell them they are special."

Thune is a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. The Becks, along with Angels in Adoption nominees from around the country, will be invited to an awards banquet in Washington, D.C. later this year.