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​Child Welfare Awards  


Each year the Foster Care Review Board provides a forum for recognition of the excellent work that is performed by child welfare professionals who work diligently to overcome systemic barriers and go above and beyond policy, court rule, and statutory standards to help ensure the safety, well being, and timely permanency for children and families served by our foster care system.  


The annual awards are presented to those on the “front lines” who have displayed a commitment to excellence and integrity in serving the needs of our states most vulnerable children and families.  One nominee from each of the following categories – jurist (judge or referee), foster care caseworker, lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL), foster parent(s), and parent attorney – will be recognized for their exemplary service to abused or neglected children in the Michigan foster care system.  All other nominees will receive a congratulatory letter from the Foster Care Review Board, informing them of their nomination and thanking them for their service.  


Finalists are chosen by a panel of Foster Care Review Board members and award winners are chosen by a panel of child welfare professionals and advocates, including award winners from the past year.  Award recipients are recognized at the FCRB annual training conference in early November. 


So, please, if you know of someone who is doing outstanding work in any of these categories, take the time to submit a nomination. This will not only recognize their efforts, but will help to highlight to the public the important and often excellent work that is performed within our state child welfare system.


Nominations for the Child Welfare Awards are accepted each year from June through mid-September.  Criteria descriptions, deadlines, and forms are available at the links below:


For further information or assistance, please contact:

Kathy Lohr

Administrative Assistant, Foster Care Review Board




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2014 Winners

Christina Pudvan 

  Foster Care Worker of the Year

Paula A. Aylward

  Parent Attorney of the Year

Frederick Gruber

  LGAL of the Year

Hon. Timothy Connors

  Jurist of the Year

The Overmyer Family

  Foster Parents of the Year 




2012 Winners


2011 winners

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