• September 2009
  • Vol. 10, No. 7

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Adoption Excellence Awards Presentation

Adoption Excellence Award Winners 2009

Adoption Excellence Award Winners 2009

The Children's Bureau Agencies and Courts Meeting in Arlington, VA, was the setting for the recent presentation of the 2009 Adoption Excellence Awards. During the August 4 luncheon honoring the awardees, Jane Morgan, Director of Capacity Building, read aloud the contributions that the 16 award recipients had made to achieving permanency for children in foster care.

Awards were made in four categories, and the awardees included individuals, families, adoption professionals, advocates, and the media:

  • Support for Adoptive Families
    • Creating a Family, Internet Radio Show
    • Generations of Hope
  • Individual and/or Family Contributions
    • Rita Goodman
    • Tammy DeHesa
    • Sharen E. Ford, Ph.D.
    • The Honorable Michael Nash
    • Elisa Esh
    • Kate Cleary
    • Joshua Ledbetter and Bethany Ledbetter Blank
    • Anthony and Iris Thorpe
    • John and Patricia Chapman
  • Adoption of Minority Children From Foster Care
    • Adoption Network Cleveland
    • Regina Louise
  • Media/Public Awareness of Adoption From Foster Care
    • Detroit Free Press
    • Rich Newman
    • The News Press

The work of one of the awardees, Rich Newman, was highlighted during the opening session of the Agencies and Courts Meeting. Mr. Newman received an Adoption Excellence Award for his video, "The Road to Foster Care and Adoption," which captures the moving stories of children and teens who spent time in foster care before being adopted. Mr. Newman, who works for the Walt Disney Company in Florida and has been a foster parent, used his own vacation time and resources from his church to travel and film these personal stories. Mr. Newman also worked with AdoptUsKids to produce the video. More than 1,000 copies of the final video have been provided, free of charge, to child welfare agencies across the country and distributed at national meetings and conferences.

To read more about the Adoption Excellence Awards and the 2009 awardees, visit the CB website:

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/current_initiatives/aeawards.htm

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