National Adoption Awards

12TH ANNUAL ADOPTIVE FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT AWARDS

  12TH ANNUAL ADOPTIVE FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT

Voice for Adoption's (VFA) annual awards focus attention on the crucial need for strong post-adoption support services for adoptive families and overcoming interjurisdictional barriers to adoption of children from foster care.

Nominations for VFA's 2017 National Adoption Awards are open until September 20th, CLICK HERE to make a nomination!

 

Breaking Barriers Adoption Award

(Formerly Adoptions Across Boundaries 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.

 

Breaking Barriers Adoption Award

Presented to

Joe Haynes of Adoption Advocacy of South Carolina

In recognition of your diligent efforts in overcoming geographic barriers to improve and promote best practices

for permanency of children in foster care, by placing children safely across state and county lines.

Founded in 1999 by June Bond and Joe Haynes, Adoption Advocacy of South Carolina has placed 779 children from 24 different states with families in South Carolina. Their staff works tireless to prepare families, match them with children from around the country, and provide the ongoing support necessary to help the families thrive. Their grassroots network of families continues to grow, a further endorsement of the trust and respect families have for the agency and its staff. This award is in recognition of your hard work on behalf of adopted children and families.

 

Drenda Lakin Memorial Award

(Honors a state, nonprofit organization, or individual whose programs provide valuable adoptive family support after adoptions are finalized.)

 

Drenda Lakin Memorial Award

Presented to

Pamela L. Wolf of Harmony Family Center, Inc.

In recognition of your efforts to provide valuable adoptive family support services and
for continuing service to adoptive families.

Pam founded the Harmony Family Center in 1996 when she saw a need to open an infant adoption agency. The Harmony Family Center has grown from a small infant and international adoption agency to become a nationally known non-profit organization, and the only agency in the United States providing both statewide adoption preparation and post-adoption services in education, counseling, and support. Pam has become a leader in developing pre and post-adoption programs designed to protect our most vulnerable children. This award is in recognition of your efforts and leadership in supporting families after they have adopted.

These awards are presented at our annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project reception that takes place in November (National Adoption Month).

Pam Wolf, Harmony Family Center & Schylar Baber, VFA Executive Director
Voice for Adoption Drenda Lakin Memorial Award 2016 Winner
2016 VFA Adoption Award Winners
Voice for Adoption Drenda Lakin Memorial Award 2016 Winner
Joe Haynes, Adoption Advocacy of South Caroline & Melinda Lis, VFA Board Pres. & Pam Wolf, Harmony Family Center

 

Previous VFA Award Recipients

Breaking Barriers Adoption Award

*Formerly Adoptions Across Boundaries Award, changed 2017.

  • Adoption Advocacy of South Carolina
  • Carla Fults & Anita Light
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Deborah Goodman, Oklahoma Adoption Program Manager
  • Dixie van de Flier Davis 
  • Oregon Department of Human Services  
  • South Dakota Department of Social Services
  • State of Louisiana
  • Utah Division of Child & Family Service
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • West Virginia

Drenda Lakin Memorial Award

  • A Better Chance for Our Children in partnership with The State of Delaware's Division of Family Services
  • Adoption Network Cleveland 
  • Adoption Rhode Island
  • Adoptions Together
  • Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE)
  • Concerned Persons for Adoption
  • Donaldson Adoption Institute 
  • Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, Center for Family Connections
  • Family Focus Adoption Services
  • Lauretta “Pat” Sims, DePelchin Children’s Center
  • Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) 
  • Pam Wolf, The Harmony Family Center
  • Patricia Bennett
  • State of Missouri's Children's Division in partnership with Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition & Midwest Foster Care Adoption Association
  • Sylvia Franzmeir
  • Statewide Adoption Network of Pennsylvania

       

      We thank the above individuals, organizations and states for their hard work on behalf of waiting children and adoptive families.