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December/January 2024Vol. 24, No. 102023 Adoption Excellence Awardees Announced

Every November in celebration of National Adoption Month, the Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recognizes individuals, families, and organizations for their outstanding contributions to providing permanency for children in foster care through the Adoption Excellence Awards.

This year’s recipients for each award category were recently announced and include the following:

  • Family Contributions:
    • The Parker Family of Beaverton, OR
  • Individuals/Professionals:
    • Toni Oliver of Atlanta, GA
    • Kim Stevens of Londonderry, VT
    • Amber Nagorski of Lawton, OK
    • Beth Hardman of Murray, UT
    • Jillana Goble of Portland, OR
  • Media/Public Awareness of Adoption From Foster Care:
    • Marcia Cipriani of Farmington Hills, MI
  • Child Welfare/Judicial Systemic Change:
    • Erie County Department of Social Services – Adoption Units of Buffalo, NY

To learn more, read the press release from the Administration for Children and Families. Read more award information, including a description of each recipient’s work, in the document Adoption Excellence Awards 2023 on the Children's Bureau website.