• June/July 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 5

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Nominations Sought for Adoption Excellence Awards

The Administration for Children and Families is requesting nominations for the 2003 Adoption Excellence Awards, a program that recognizes excellence in providing stable, permanent homes for our nation's children in foster care. Nominations must be received by Thursday, July 31.

Recipients must have demonstrated clear and measurable success in one of the following award categories:

  • Decrease in the length of time that children in foster care wait for permanency
  • Increased adoptions
  • Increased permanency for children with special needs
  • Support for adoptive families
  • Public awareness
  • Individual and/or family contributions
  • Applied scholarship and/or research
  • Philanthropy
  • Judicial or child welfare system improvement

States, agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals are eligible for the awards. Nominations will be reviewed and winners recommended by a panel of recognized experts in the adoption field.

Nomination packets were mailed in mid-June to more than 4,000 State officials, national organizations, and public and private agencies. Anyone may nominate one or more candidates. Nomination materials, and a list of the 2002 awardees, are available on the Children's Bureau website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/current_initiatives/aeawards.htm.

For more information about the awards, contact LaChundra Thomas at (202) 205-8252 or lthomas@acf.hhs.gov.

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