Each year, Joint Council publicly recognizes four individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of service to children and families. Whether they are volunteers, professionals or public servants, they have served as examples to us all. We will continue this tradition of honoring excellence by presenting these prestigious awards to the following individuals at our annual Conference & Medical Institute in New York City on April 11th and 12th. Please join us in congratulating our honorees and in recognizing their outstanding service to children and families.
Karen Eckert Award for Government Service to Children & Families
U.S. Department of State
In recognition of his untiring service during the Haiti Crisis of 2010, for his leadership of the Adoption Unit, Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues; for his recognition that adoptions are not cases, but are children with dreams, hopes and love; for demonstrating that laws, regulations and rules can be used to not only govern but to truly serve families and children; for his integral role in negotiating a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Russia; for giving meaning to the words ‘public servant’ and for his continuing efforts to ensure that all children live, grow and flourish in a safe, permanent and loving family.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Susan Soon-Keum Cox
In recognition of a lifetime of service to children and families, for her leadership in bringing the exceptional value, perspective, knowledge and life experience of the adult adoptee to the field of intercountry adoption; for her uncompromised ethics and standards; for her leadership at Holt International, Joint Council and numerous other organizations; for her willingness, skill and success in the public arena; for her diplomacy around the world; and for a lifetime of protecting and advocating for the right of every child to a safe, permanent and loving family.
Maureen Evans Award for Outstanding Service to Children and Families
National Council For Adoption
In recognition of his selfless and untiring service to ensure that Russian orphans retain their right to a family through intercountry adoption;, for his skilled diplomacy in leading our community; for his selfless approach and invaluable knowledge; and for his continuing efforts in “protecting and advocating for the right of every Russian child to a safe, permanent and loving family.”
Outstanding Child Advocate
Kyrgyz Waiting Families
Represented by Pamela Allen, Ann Bates, Suzanne Boutilier, Teresa Edwards, and Lisa Brotherton
In recognition of a dedication to the rights of Kyrgyz children in a way that inspires us all; for leading us in what we hope is a brighter tomorrow for the children of Kyrgyzstan; for an unwavering commitment to the children you hope to adopt; for personal sacrifice that is extraordinary; and for advocacy that is exemplary.