Skip to main content
Boston College School of Social Work
From Research to Outreach

For renowned scholar and School of Social Work professor Margaret Lombe, social work research is only as good as the lives it saves.  more »

Students at the Policy Poster Session at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
Policy Poster Showcase

Each year, the graduating class from the Boston College School of Social Work presents posters on diverse policy topics.  more »


An Inclusive Perspective

Donahue/DiFelice BCSSW Endowed Professor Ruth McRoy
Donahue/DiFelice BCSSW Endowed Professor Ruth McRoy

"We need to take an inclusive perspective and find strategies for enhancing the well-being of economically oppressed and socially excluded groups all over the world."
— Professor Ruth McRoy

Professor Ruth McRoy, who joined the Boston College School of Social Work faculty in 2009, has focused on topics such as outcomes of open adoption, transracial adoption, special needs adoption, African American adoptions, older child adoptions, successful adoptive families, post adoption services, barriers to adoptions from foster care, and adopted children in residential care.

In 2010, McRoy was one of 23 fellows selected by the board of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) for her distinguished accomplishments as scholar and practitioner dedicated to achieving excellence in high-impact work that advances social good.

McRoy was selected for the St. John's University Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award, which recognizes persons who have made substantial contribution to the field of adoption and promoted understanding of adoption-related issues.

She serves on the Board of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, is President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Board, and is a Senior Research Fellow and a member of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute Board.

McRoy has authored or co-authored eight books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on child welfare issues, received major research funding from public and private agencies, and earned prestigious honors from Black Administrators in Child Welfare and the Society for Social Work and Research, among others.

See the BC Social Work Magazine 2009 story, "Building Bridges" »

Watch a video of Professor Ruth McRoy on The Best 'Gifts' for Children »