The Awards for Nomination:
The Drenda Lakin Memorial Award for Continuing Service to Adoptive Families Award honors a state, nonprofit organization, or individual whose programs provide valuable adoptive family support after adoptions are finalized.
The Breaking Barriers Adoption Award is presented to a state, county, tribal child welfare agency, or dedicated individual that has made diligent efforts in overcoming barriers, which can include age, geographic, and/or special needs, to find permanent families for children waiting to be adopted.
The Family Advocacy Champion Award is a new award in 2020, aligned closely with the newly revised mission of Voice for Adoption, which honors a family that has chosen to use their experiences within the US Child Welfare System to advocate for and promote Adoption, Guardianship, Relational Permanence, or Reunification within their city, state or region through legislative testimony, participation on boards or task forces, interaction with the media, or other public outreach.
The Using My Story for Positive Change Award is a new award in 2020, aligned closely with the newly revised mission of Voice for Adoption, which honors a former Foster Youth or Young Adult who has used their voice to advocate for and promote changes to practice, policy or law within their city, state, region, or at the national level to encourage and promote the connection of every child to safe, loving and permanent families.
**Nominations are due by COB Wednesday, September 30th, 2020.