Langevin Honors Chepachet and Hope Residents as Angels in Adoption

Oct 9, 2020 Issues: Children and Families, Foster Youth, Rhode Island

Warwick, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today announced that Kimberley and AJ Maynard of Chepachet, RI, and Emilia and Robert Morsilli of Hope, RI, were recently honored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) as 2020 Angels in Adoption. Mrs. Maynard and Mrs. Morsilli both serve as Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses at Women & Infants Hospital, and Congressman Langevin praised them for their selfless efforts to provide comfort and forever homes to children in need.

“Kimberley and AJ Maynard and Emilia and Robert Morsilli represent the best of Rhode Island, and I applaud their passion to provide children in need safe and welcoming forever homes filled with love,” said Langevin. “I was proud to nominate these adoptive parents as Angels in Adoption because they always place children’s needs first – from vulnerable newborns at Women & Infants, to the beautiful children they have welcomed to their loving families. The Maynards and Morsillis have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving lives of vulnerable children through care and compassion, and they are deserving of this special honor.”

Kimberley and AJ Maynard have fostered 9 children over the past 9 years. In early August 2011, Kimberley and AJ received their foster care license, and within days, they were placed with their first foster child who was later successfully reunified with his birth mother. In 2013, they adopted their foster daughter and on November 22, 2014, National Adoption Day, they adopted a set of siblings, officially adding another daughter and son to their family. Not long after, they learned that a sibling of their adopted children also needed fostering, and they reopened their home for him as well. Through the years, their family has grown to eight.

“It is an honor to be named Angels in Adoption and we are thankful to Congressman Langevin for his nomination,” said the Maynards. “Our decision to adopt and provide love and care to amazing children through the years has brought us so many special memories and much joy. We are a happy family that is full of controlled chaos, some tears, lots of laughter, and lots of love.” 

PHOTO: The Maynard Family

Emilia and Robert Morsilli are the proud parents of five beautiful children, two of whom were adopted. In late May 2013, Emilia was assigned as the primary nurse to a baby boy in the NICU at Women & Infants Hospital. Emilia and Robert initially agreed to foster the child until an adoptive family could be found for him, but after several months, at 14 months old, the baby boy officially joined the Morsilli family. In February 2017, after once again caring for a baby boy in the NICU facing considerable challenges, they adopted again adding yet another beautiful child to their family.

“Adoption is a wonderful blessing that has warmed our hearts and brought our household many smiles,” said the Morsillis. “We love our children to the moon and back – they have truly made our family complete. We are deeply appreciative of the honor we’ve received as Angels in Adoption with the nomination of Congressman Langevin.”

PHOTO: The Morsilli Family

The families were celebrated at the 22nd Annual Angels in Adoption Gala, which was hosted virtually this year and brought together individuals, families, and organizations from around the country that make extraordinary contributions to adoption, permanency, and child welfare.

“Women & Infants Hospital is incredibly proud of Kimberley Maynard and Emilia Morsilli, both NICU nurses, and their families, who exhibit the loving and caring nature that Women & Infants Hospital prides itself on,” said Women & Infants Hospital President and Chief Operating Officer Shannon Sullivan. “Adoptive parents are special people, offering new beginnings to children in need. Both women are a credit to Rhode Island, as well as our nation, and am thrilled to learn they are both being honored by Congressman Jim Langevin and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) as 2020 Angels in Adoption.”

CCAI was created in 2001 by the co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption to more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about the issue of adoption. The Angels in Adoption program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign.