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).