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.
For further information regarding the nomination procedures, please refer to the upcoming conference award nomination page.
OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR IN ADOPTION
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.
2010: Ruth McRoy, Ph.D.
2012: Harold D. Grotevant, Ph.D.
2014: David M. Smolin, JD
2016: Ellen Pinderhughes, Ph.D.
OUTSTANDING PRACTITIONER IN ADOPTION
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.
2010: Beth Hall
2014: Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW; Gazillion Voices
2016: Joy Lieberthal Rho, LCSW
OUTSTANDING SERVICE PROVIDER IN ADOPTION
This award is to honor those who provide various 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.
2012: Deann Borshay Liem; Jean Strauss
2016: Adoption Reform Legislative Advocacy, Original Birth Certificate Activists
TRAILBLAZER IN ADOPTION
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.
2012: Susan Soon-Keum Cox
2014: Ann Fessler, MA, MFA
2016: Laura Callen, Adoption Museum Project
Recognition Award for Outstanding Adoption-Related Dissertation
2010: Bobbie Miller, Ph.D.
2012: Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D., MSW
2014: Leslie Wang, PhD
2016: Erin Kostina-Ritchey, Ph.D.
Scholarship Award for Pre-Doctoral Adoption Related Dissertation Proposal
2010: Elizabeth Raleigh, M.A.
2012: Oh Myo Kim, M.Div.
2014: JaeRan Kim, MSW
2016: Wendy Laybourn, M.A.
BJ LIFTON/ANNETTE BARAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
2012: Joyce Maguire Pavao, Ed.D., LCSW, LMFT
2016: David Brodzinsky, Ph.D.
2008: Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao; Dr. Betty Jean Lifto
2016: Amanda Baden, Ph.D.