Awards

SEEKING NOMINATIONS

In an effort to promote further research in Adoption, a scholarship and recognition awards will be given at the biennial conference. A scholarship will be given to a current graduate student who is conducting research on an adoption related topic and a recognition award will be given to a recent doctoral graduate (past 3 years) with a dissertation focusing on the same. An award will be granted to the selected research initiative and the dissertation recipient will be invited to present at the Adoption Initiative’s annual meeting. 

The 9th Biennial Adoption Conference

Myth and Reality in Adoption:

Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned

June 9-11, 2016 at  Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

Seeking Nominations!

OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR IN ADOPTION AWARD

This award is to honor those researchers and scholars who have made substantial contributions in the area of adoption and foster care. Those who receive this award may be professional researchers, academics, or others who make meaningful contributions to the literature and knowledge in this discipline.

OUTSTANDING PRACTITIONER IN ADOPTION AWARD

This award is to honor those practitioners and clinicians who have made substantial contributions in the area of adoption and foster care. Those who receive this award may be social workers, therapists, and other pre-and post-adoption professionals who make meaningful contributions through their clinical and social welfare provision to adopted and fostered individuals and families and to birth families.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE ADOPTION COMMUNITY AWARD

This award is to honor those who provide various public services in the areas of adoption and foster care. Those who receive this award may be agency personnel, directors, policymakers, and others who make child welfare and adoption-based contributions in this discipline.

ADOPTEE TRAILBLAZER AWARD

This award is given to an adult adoptee whose work inspires and is foundational for future adoptee professionals in adoption and foster care work. The award is unique in that it recognizes adult adoptees specifically for their pioneering work in a field in which they were “insiders” as adoptees, but through their hard work, innovation, professionalism, intellect, and dedication became leaders and often reformers of the practice of adoption.

DISSERTATION AWARD

We are also seeking submissions for the Recognition Award for Outstanding Adoption-Related Dissertation and the Scholarship Award for Pre-Doctoral Adoption Related Dissertation Proposal.

In an effort to promote further research in Adoption, a scholarship and a recognition award will be given at the biennial conference.  A scholarship will be given to a current graduate student who is conducting research on an adoption related topic and a recognition award will be given to a recent doctoral graduate (past 3 years) with a dissertation focusing on the same.  An award will be granted to the selected research initiative and the dissertation recipient will be invited to present at the Adoption Initiative’s annual meeting.  For consideration please submit a 5 to 10 page summary of your planned work if you are a current student and a digital copy of your dissertation if  you are a recent graduate.

***PLEASE NOTE: All Nominations and Submissions are Due Feb 28th, 2016***

Nomination Procedures:

  1. Send a letter of nomination. Include detailed explanations of what makes this nominee a good candidate for the award.
  2. Specify the award for which you are nominating the individual.
  3. Send a recent detailed biography of the nominee.
  4. Send a recent curriculum vita or resume of the nominee.
  5. Include any other materials (book reviews, websites, published papers, other supporting letters for award, etc.)
  6. Send all to the Awards Committee via AdoptionInitiative@gmail.com. In the Subject Line, write “Award Nomination 2016.”

(Please send all submissions to ADOPTIONINITIATIVE@GMAIL.COM)