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May 2000Vol. 1, No. 3List of Nomination Categories for Adoption 2002 Excellence Awards

Nominees for Adoption 2002 Excellence Awards should have demonstrated clear and measurable success in one of the award categories.

  • Increased Adoptions. Recognition of a State or States that have significantly increased the number of children adopted from the public foster care system.
  • Increased Permanency for Children with Special Needs. Recognition of organizations that have contributed to an increase in the numbers of adoptions, guardianship arrangements, kinship care arrangements, and other permanency options for children with special needs in foster care.
  • Support for Adoptive Families. Recognition of organizations that provide significant support to adoptive families through recruitment, preparation, training, post-placement and post-legal adoption services that help families adopt and support the stability of those adoptions.
  • Public Awareness. Recognition of organizations that increase the visibility of children in foster care through public awareness activities that encourage and motivate families and individuals to adopt.
  • Individual and/or Family Contributions. Recognition of the personal contribution of an individual(s), professional(s) or family(ies) that promotes the adoption of children in foster care.
  • Applied Scholarship and/or Research. Recognition of research or practice findings that have been or can be applied to improve the rate of adoptions of children in foster care.
  • Philanthropy. Recognition of gifts, support, scholarships, etc., that promote adoption and permanency for children in foster care.
  • Judicial or Child Welfare System Improvement. Recognition of court or public child welfare agency systems change that resulted in fewer children coming into care or expedited the movement of children from foster care.
  • Decrease in the Time that Children in Foster Care Wait for Permanency. Recognition of States and local public agencies that have achieved a decrease in the average length of time children stay in foster care.