APRIL 7, 2014
Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth McRoy has been chosen to receive a Child Advocate of the Year Award by the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), which provides support and services to waiting children and adoptive families.
A member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work faculty since 2009, McRoy is a nationally recognized expert on adoption-related issues. Earlier this year McRoy was appointed to Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Adoption Task Force. She has contributed her expertise to the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, leading a research team in studies on barriers to adoption and factors associated with successful special needs adoptions. McRoy now directs a team conducting a 10-year evaluation of AdoptUSKids.
"I am so excited and honored to receive this award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children," said McRoy. "Throughout my social work career, I have been focused on trying to find ways to improve our child welfare system and most importantly, to improve outcomes for children and families. Every child deserves a permanent family." More from the Boston College Chronicle »
McRoy was also selected as the recipient of the 2014 Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and its alumni organization, the Social Work Alumni Network.
Her nominations included the following statements: "Ruth McRoy's passion, intelligence, focus, persistence, and hard work have been catalysts for positive and much needed change in adoption and foster care policy and practice in the United States and abroad;" "Dr. McRoy has been a kind and generous mentor to the hundreds of students and staff that she has taught and supervised over the years;" and "Dr. McRoy is one of the most well-known and respected figures within the field of social work today." More from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work »