Honors and Awards

  • 2017    Adoption Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (November)
  • 2014    Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare  (October)
  • 2014    New York State Citizens Coalition for Children Award (May)
  • 2014    Hosteter-Habib Award, Family Council (May)
  • 2012    Louisiana Adoption Advisory Board Award of Distinction (June)
  • 2012    Outstanding Alumni Award – Dominican College, Blauvelt, NY (April)
  • 2011   The Judge Richard Ware Award – Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund (November)
  • 2011   Child Welfare Advocate Award – Family Focus Adoption Agency (November)
  • 2010    Child Advocate of the Year Award – North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) (August).
  • 2010    Nominee for 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Award – Transgender category for Social work practice with transgender and gender variant youth. (April).
  • 2010    Nominee for 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Award - LGBT Studies category for Social work  practice with transgender and gender variant youth (April).
  • 2007    Academic Book of the Year Award, 2006 – Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs, co-edited with Peg McCartt Hess from CHOICES, the American Library Journal(January). 
  • 2006    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Public Policy Faculty Seminar (November).
  • 2006    Hunter College Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Applied Research (April).
  • 2005    Faculty Leadership Award, New York State Social Work Educator’s Association (October).
  • 2005    LGBTQ Pioneer Award. Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC (March).
  • 2004    Adoption Advocate Award.  Center for Family Connections, Cambridge, MA (November).
  • 2004    Featured Author at New York is Book Country, New York Times for Gay Men Choosing Parenthood (October).
  • 2003    Adoption MVP Award to the NRCFCPP.  The National Center for Adoption Law and Policy at the Capitol University Law School: The 5th Annual National Conference, Columbus, Ohio (October).
  • 2001    Nominee for Academic Book of the 90’s.   Let's get this straight: A gay and lesbian affirming approach to child welfare from Linguafranca: The Review of Academic Life (April).
  • 2001    Nominee for the Colin Higgins Courage Award (April).
  • 2001    Recipient of the Roger Caseman/Eva Gore Booth Leadership Award from The Lavender & Green Alliance (March).
  • 1999    Academic Book of the Year Award - We Don't Exactly Get the Welcome Wagon: The Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems from CHOICES, the American Library Journal (January). 
  • 1999    Nominee for the Gay and Lesbian Book of the Year Award - We Don't Exactly get the Welcome Wagon: The Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents in Child Welfare Systems from the American Library Association (April).
  • 1998    Honored for Outstanding Service to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth in New York City by the Greenwich Village Youth Council (June).
  • 1997    Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Independent Living Programs in Child Welfare in New York City by the South Bronx Human Development Organization (June).