The United States Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Children’s Bureau (CB) is pleased to announce that Adoption Excellence Awards nominations are now being accepted. These annual awards recognize States, Tribes, agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in making contributions to providing permanency for children in foster care. The Adoption Excellence Awards honor leadership and innovation in the commitment toward rebuilding the lives of children in foster care and those who are waiting for adoption.

You are invited to nominate candidates for the 2020 Adoption Excellence Awards. Nomination materials, including a description of the award categories, eligibility and selection criteria, and nomination forms are included with this letter. You can find information about past recipients at the Children’s Bureau website.

All nominations must be received by COB Tuesday, June 30, 2020. All nominations should be sent electronically to, Subject Line: AEA Nomination. If you have questions about the award, please contact June Dorn at or 202-205-9540.

Consider submitting a nomination to recognize the extraordinary efforts of a family member, colleague, business, or organization that has shown dedication and innovation in finding permanent, loving homes for America’s waiting children.

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