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May 2000Vol. 1, No. 3DHHS Seeks Nominations for Adoption 2002 Awards

Nominate a person or organization for an Adoption 2002 Excellence Award. The awards recognize individuals and groups who make exemplary contributions toward meeting national goals in achieving permanency for children in foster care.

Adoption 2002 is a 5-year, legislative and administrative initiative involving the combined efforts of Congress, HHS, States, child welfare organizations and experts, community groups, and adoptive and foster families. The overarching goal of the initiative is to double by 2002 the number of children who move from foster care to adoptive or other permanent homes.

The deadline for nominations is June 15. Eligible nominees include States, advocacy organizations, foundations, courts, tribal courts and governments, individuals and families, and others. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations will be reviewed and awardees selected by a panel that includes members from Federal agencies involved in the Adoption 2002 initiative and other recognized experts in the adoption field. Final awards will be bestowed in November 2000, National Adoption Month.

For a nomination packet, contact:

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
330 C St., SW
Washington, DC 20447
Tel.: 888-251-0075 or 703-352-3488

For more information about Adoption 2002, visit (Editor's note: this link is no longer active. You can find The President's Initiative on Adoption and Foster Care - Guidelines for Public Policy and State Legislation Governing Permanence for Children at For a list of 1999 recipients, visit

For more information about the awards, contact:

Jan Shafer
(202) 205-8172