San Leandro, Calif. — Indian American Mausami Momaya, director of social services at Bal Jagat – Children’s World Inc. adoption agency, was honored with the 2015 Women of Distinction Award for dedicating her life to the service of those less fortunate during a ceremony at California State University, Long Beach Mar. 21.
Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell presented the award to her, which lauded Momaya as a “role model.”
She also received two certificates of recognition from congresswoman Janice Hahn and congressman Alan Lowenthal on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, recognizing her “tireless dedication to community service and leadership.”
Momaya joined her mother Hemlata Momaya at Bal Jagat in 2001 as the director of social services. The nonprofit international adoption agency works to place orphaned children from more than 30 countries for adoption in the U.S. with loving parents.
Bal Jagat has so far overseen more than 5,000 adoptions since it was founded in 1983.
Momaya graduated with a Master in Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1999. She became a licensed clinical social worker in May 2004 and has been an active volunteer in the community.