ATN Angels: Cindy McMurry, MaryBeth Storrow, Jenny Dew, Susan Woodruff

In celebration of ATN’s 2016 Angels in Adoption award, we’re profiling ATN members who have helped ATN win the award — and who have themselves been Angels to families and children.

by:  Toni Hoy

While I parented two children of trauma, it never crossed my mind that my passion for helping them heal would lead me to become a best-selling author, a valued consultant, or an award-winning advocate, including being a recipient of Angels in Adoption. I got my first glimpse of notoriety when I presented at a small conference on advocacy. As I walked down the hotel corridor, I heard whispers. “Look! That’s Toni Hoy!” I craned my neck to see who they were talking about before I stopped in my tracks and humbly realized they were talking about me.

One of those people was Cindy McMurry, a Kentucky mother who reached out to me asking for information on how to get mental health services for her daughter while maintaining her permanency. Despite a rollercoaster of system battles and multiple placements, Cindy persevered and got help for her daughter.

Another parent, MaryBeth Storrow, bought every last copy of my book, “Second Time Foster Child” to share with her legislators to make a difference in the state of Iowa. Both of those women have gone on to support other parents raising children of trauma. In Illinois, eight parents and two young adult men accompanied me to testify before a House committee to prevent involuntary relinquishment in exchange for treatment.

In Utah, Jenny Dew reached out to me and helped pass a similar law.

Susan Woodruff asked me for help in passing Jacob’s Law in Arizona. I have helped hundreds of parents across the nation to get services for their children while preserving their permanency and supported those who relinquished a child back to the state, either voluntarily or involuntarily. I have learned that hope sparks confidence and that one person can make a difference. I am proud to pay it forward as ATN’s Advocacy Director.

Share ATN News

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn

Like this post, search for more by keyword or category.

Sort by Category

More ATN News

ATN News
Attachment & Trauma Network

New Year – New Books

If your 2023 New Year’s Resolution is to read more trauma-informed, resilience-building books, we at the Attachment & Trauma Network have a list of some of our favorite reads that you may want to check out. These books run the

Read More »
Advocacy
Advocacy
Lorraine Schneider

CTIPP Policy Announcement

ATN is excited to announce that the US House Appropriations Committee has included $1 billion toward school mental health staff and language for trauma-informed schools.  The bill is headed toward the US House for a full vote and then on

Read More »