OCTOBER 2, 2010
Professor Ruth McRoy, the Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been chosen to receive the SJU "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award." This award recognizes scholars with substantial contribution to the field of adoption and whose research and publications have substantially advanced our understanding of issues affecting the adoption community. Those who receive this award may be professional researchers, academics, or others who make meaningful contributions to the literature and knowledge in this discipline.
Professor McRoy has been an academician, researcher, practitioner, trainer, and lecturer in the field for over 30 years. McRoy's work has focused on topics such as open adoption, adoptive family recruitment, racial identity development, family preservation, adolescent pregnancy, African American families, kinship care, and dis-proportionality in child welfare.
The "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award" will be presented at the sixth biennial adoption conference at St. John's University, October 14-16th, 2010. The conference theme, "The Ethics of Adoption in the 21st Century," will highlight emerging changes in the practice of adoption since the start of the new century.