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The Pro Humanitate Literary Awards

It is the Center for Child Welfare Policy's goal to support bold ideas in the field of child welfare; to promote the critical appraisal of these ideas through good science and open debate; to support the epistemological position that a collective and objective knowledge base can be identified, emended, and sustained; to support the moral position that it is our responsibility to do so; and to support the courageous publication of meritorious work that exemplifies these principles.

Toward these ends, the Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare (NARCCW) has conceived the Pro Humanitate Literary Awards.

Each year, NARCCW will celebrate outstanding literary achievement of authors from the United States and Canada in the field of child welfare. Awards will be presented to authors who exemplify the intellectual integrity and moral courage required to transcend political and social barriers to champion "best practice" in the field of child welfare.

Pro Humanitate Literary Awards are presented in two categories -- the Daniel Douglas Schneider Child Welfare Book Award and the Herbert A. Raskin Child Welfare Article Award. Each year, the author(s) of one winning book will receive the Pro Humanitate Medal and a cash prize of $5000. Author(s) of three winning articles will each receive the Pro Humanitate Medal and a cash prize of $1000. Co-authors of either award-winning books or articles will each receive the Pro Humanitate Medal and will share the cash prize for that award.

Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Pro Humanitate Award Judges

 
Eligible Books:
The subject matter of all books must be child welfare or fundamental social work principles important to child welfare practice. To be eligible, at least one author of a book must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. All works must be in English, although an English translation of a book originally written in another language is eligible. Books published in the United States or Canada between November 2010, and June 2012, will be considered for the 2013 award. Under special circumstances, books with an earlier publication date may be considered. In the event of a dispute in eligibility, NARCCW will decide the eligibility of the book, and its decision will be binding.
 
Eligible Articles:
Three awards will be presented annually to articles addressing child welfare content, or social work content specifically applicable to child welfare practice. Articles related to child welfare values and ethics are especially welcome. To be considered for the 2013 award, articles must have been published in the United States or Canada between November, 2010 and June, 2012. At least one author of an article must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. All works must be in English, although an English translation of an article originally written in another language is eligible. In the event of a dispute in eligibility, NARCCW will decide the eligibility of the article, and its decision will be binding.
 
Selection Process:
All book and article entries will initially be reviewed by NARCCW staff to determine eligibility and relevance. Eligible and relevant entries will be submitted to a Peer Jury for evaluation and selection.

The Peer Jury will read all the books and articles and rank/score them. The highest scoring book will be the winner of the Pro Humanitate Medal and the $5000 cash prize. The three highest scoring articles will be the winners, not ranked, of the Pro Humanitate Medal and $1000 cash prize each.
 
Timelines:

Award timelines to be announced.

 
Additional Awards:

In addition to annual peer-selected book and article awards, the A. Clayton Hughes Child Welfare Research Award, the Pro Humanitate Child Advocacy Award, the Distinguished Service in Public Child Welfare Administration Award, and the Distinguished Political Leadership in Development of Civil Society award may be given at the discretion of the NARCCW Board of Directors, not necessarily annually. Nominations are not accepted for these awards.  Winners of these awards will receive the Pro Humanitate Medal and a monetary prize.

 

The A. Clayton Hughes Child Welfare Research Award

This award is given to a child welfare researcher whose body of work exemplifies intellectual integrity and moral courage in transcending social and political barriers to promote best practice in child welfare.  Selection criteria include the integrity and creativity of research design and the potential impact of the research on improving child welfare practice.  For example, the body of research may challenge conventional professional wisdom, may challenge existing political realities, or may set the stage for interpretation of accepted professional practice.  While an extensive body of research is more likely to meet the award criteria, a single seminal research effort may qualify.

The Pro Humanitate Child Advocacy Award

This award is given to a child welfare professional in law, medicine, journalism, social work, nursing, or psychology who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to advocacy for maltreated children.  Selection criteria include assessment of the candidate’s contribution in the development of empirically and ethically sound child welfare policy and practice, and in the candidate’s contributions in increasing both professional and public awareness of best practices in child welfare.

Distinguished Service in Public Child Welfare Administration

This award is given to a person who has demonstrated an extended commitment to improving the lives of maltreated children and their families through public child welfare administration.  The candidate’s work will exemplify intellectual integrity and moral courage in transcending political and social barriers to promote best practice in public child welfare.  Selection criteria will include a demonstrated commitment to empirically sound policy and practice, and the administrative courage to challenge political and conventional barriers to improving public child welfare services.

Distinguished Political Leadership in Development of Civil Society

A fundamental prerequisite to the existence of any social infrastructure to improve the safety and welfare of children is a civil society based upon the basic human rights of liberty, human integrity, justice, and a commitment to the rule of law. 

This award is given to a person who has demonstrated an extended commitment to the development of civil society, and whose body of work exemplifies intellectual integrity and moral courage in transcending social and political barriers to promote the integration of liberty, human integrity, and justice into civil society.

Selection criteria will include a demonstrated commitment to empirically sound policy and practice and the administrative courage to challenge political and conventional barriers to improving civil society.

This award is open to candidates throughout the world.

2012 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Distinguished Service in Public Child Welfare Administration Award

Victor I. Vieth, JD, Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), Winona State University, Minnesota

Distinguished Political Leadership in Development of Civil Society

Mr. Nagovitsyn, President of the Republic of Buryatia

 

2011 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

 

Distinguished Service in Public Child Welfare Administration Award

Bryan Samuels, Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC 

A. Clayton Hughes Child Welfare Research Award

Andrea Sedlak, PhD., and Vice President of Westat in Rockville, MD

 

2010 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Awards

There were no 2010 Pro Humanitate Book Awards presented.

Article Awards

Brett Drake, PhD, S. Moo Lee, and Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD.   (2009).  Race and child maltreatment reporting:  Are Blacks overrepresented?  Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 309-316.

Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, Brett Drake, PhD & Patricia L. Kohl, PhD, MSW (2009).  Is the overrepresentation of the poor in child welfare caseloads due to bias or need?  Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 422-427.

Julia H. Littell, PhD (2008).  Evidence-based or biased?  The quality of published reviews of
evidence-based practice.  Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 1299-1317. 

Amy Neustein, PhD  & Michael Lesher  (2008).  A single-case study of Rabbinic sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish Community.  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 17(3/4), 270-289.

Psychology Article Award

Michael L. Bourke & Andres E. Hernandez, PhD  (2009).  The ‘Butner Study’ Redux:  A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography Offenders.  Journal of Family Violence, 24(3), 183-191.

 
2009 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Awards

Jill Duerr Berrick, PhD.  Take Me Home:  Protecting America’s Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2009).

David Finkelhor, PhD.  Childhood Victimization:  Violence, Crime and Abuse in the Lives of Young People  (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Article Awards

Mark Chaffin, PhD., “Our minds are made up: Don’t confuse us with the facts – Commentary on policies concerning children with sexual behavior problems and juvenile sex offenders,” Child Maltreatment, Vol. 13(2), May 2008, p. 110-121.

Kendra Nixon, PhD, Leslie Tutty, PhD, Gillian Weaver-Dunlop, MSW, RSW, Christine Walsh, PhD.  “Do good intentions beget good policy?  A review of child protection policies to address intimate partner violence.”  Children and Youth Services Review 29 (2007), p. 1469-1486.

Kathryn Dale, MA, and Judith Alpert, PhD.  “Hiding behind the cloth:  Child sexual abuse and the catholic church.”  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 16(3), 2007, p. 59-74.

William Meezan, PhD, and Bowen McBeath, PhD.  “Market-based disparities in foster care outcomes.”  Children and Youth Services
Review
, 30 (2008), p. 388-406.

 
 
2008 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Awards
There were no book awards given in 2008.
Article Awards
William M. Epstein, DSW, “Prisoners of Splenda,” Research on Social Work Practice, 17(2002), p. 151-159.

Mark Chaffin, PhD; Rochelle Hanson, PhD; Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD; Todd Nichols, Douglas Barnett, PhD; Charles Zeanah, MD; Lucy Berliner, MSW; Byron Egeland, PhD; Elana Newman, PhD; Thomas Lyon, Esq.; Elizabeth LeTourneau, PhD; Cindy Miller-Perrin, PhD,  “Report of the APSAC Task Force on Attachment Therapy, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Attachment Problems,” Child Maltreatment, 11(2006), p. 76-89.

Barry Krisberg, PhD, “Hate the Player and Hate the Game,” The Views from NCCD’s Five Presidents, Chapter 5, p. 39-51.


2007 Pro Humanitate Award Winners
There were no awards given in 2007.
 
2006 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Awards
David Stoesz. Quixote’s Ghost: The Right, the Liberati, and the Future of Social Policy (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Article Awards
Julia H. Littell, “Lessons from a systematic review of effects of multisystemic therapy.” Children and Youth Services Review, 27(2005), p. 445-463.

Mark Chaffin and Bill Friedrich. “Evidence-based treatments in child abuse and neglect” Children and Youth Services Review, 26(2004), p. 1097-1113.

Allen D. DeSena, Robert A. Murphy, Heather Douglas-Palumberi, Gary Blau, Blandina Kelly, Sara M. Horwitz and Joan Kaufman. “SAFE Homes: Is it worth the cost? An evaluation of a group home permanency planning program for children who first enter out-of-home care.” Child Abuse and Neglect, 29(2005), p. 627-643.

 
2005 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Awards
James G. Barber, Ph.D., and Paul H. Delfabbro, Ph.D. Children in Foster Care. (Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2003.)

Martha Shirk and Gary Stangler. On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System. (Westview, 2004.)

Article Awards
Anne Duggan, Sc.D., Loretta Fuddy, ACSW, MPH, Elizabeth McFarlane, MPH, Lori Burrell, MA, Amy Windham, Ph.D., Susan Higman, Ph.D., and Calvin Sia, MD. “Evaluating a Statewide Home Visiting Program to Prevent Child Abuse in At-Risk Families of Newborns: Fathers’ Participation and Outcomes.” Child Maltreatment, Vol. 9, No. 1, February 2004, p. 3-17.

Kathleen Wells, Ph.D., and Shenyang Guo, Ph.D. “Reunification of Foster Children Before and After Welfare Reform.” Social Service Review, Vol. 78, No 2, March 2004, p. 74-95.

C. Aaron McNeece, Ph.D., and Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D. “Evidence-Based Practice and Social Work.” Journal of Evidence-Based Practice, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2004, p. 7-25.

Tracey Field. “The Child Welfare Funding Problem: The Title IV-E Straitjacket vs. the Medicaid Roadblock.” The Social Work Forum, Vol. 37, Spring 2004, p. 5-42.

Child Welfare Ethics Award
Jennifer Renne, JD, for her book, Legal Ethics in Child Welfare Cases (ABA Center). Ms. Renne is the Assistant Director of Child Welfare at the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. (ABA, 2004.)

 
2004 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Awards
Madelyn Freundlich and Sarah Gerstenzang. An Assessment of the Privatization of Child Welfare Services: Challenges and Successes. (CWLA Press, 2004.)

Lundy Bancroft and Jay G. Silverman, Ph.D. The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics. (Sage Publications, 2003.)

Article Awards
Eileen Gambrill, Ph.D. “A Client-Focused Definition of Social Work Practice.” Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 13, No. 3, May 2003, p. 310; and “Evidence-Based Practice: Sea Change or the Emperor’s New Clothes?" Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 39.1, Winter (2003), p. 3.

Kelli Connell-Carrick, Ph.D. “A Critical Review of the Empirical Literature: Identifying Correlates of Child Neglect.” Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, Vol. 20, No. 5, October 2003, p. 389.

Matthew O. Howard, Ph.D., Curtis McMillen, Ph.D., and David E. Pollio, Ph.D. “Teaching Evidence-Based Practice: Toward a New Paradigm for Social Work Education.” Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 13, Number 2, March 2003, p. 234.

 
2003 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Award
Nina Bernstein, New York Times Reporter. The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care. Pantheon Books. (Vintage, 2001.)

Article Awards
Duncan Lindsey, Ph.D., Sacha Klein Martin, MSW, and Jenny Doh, MSW. “The Failure of Intensive Casework Services to Reduce Foster Care Placements: An Examination of Family Preservation Studies.” Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 24, No. 9/10, pp. 743-775, 2002.

Sandra Jo Wilson, Ph.D., Mark W. Lipsey, Ph.D., and Haluk Soydan, Ph.D. “Are Mainstream Programs for Juvenile Delinquency Less Effective With Minority Youth Than Majority Youth? A Meta-Analysis of Outcomes Research.” Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 13, No. 1, (January 2003), p. 3.

Erna Olafson, Ph.D., Psy.D., and Barbara Boat, Ph.D. Treatment of Child Abuse: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical, and Legal Practitioners, The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, (2000), Chapter 2, “Long-term Management of the Sexually Abused Child: Considerations and Challenges.”

Anthony Petrosino, Ph.D., Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, Ph.D., and James O. Finckenauer, Ph.D. “Well-Meaning Programs Can Have Harmful Effects! Lessons From Experiments of Programs Such as Scared Straight.” Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 354-379, 2000.

 
2002 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Award
Yehudi O. Webster, Ph.D. Against the Multicultural Agenda. Praeger Publishers, Westport, Connecticut, 1997.

Article Awards
Mark Chaffin, Ph.D., Barbara L. Bonner, Ph.D., and Robert F. Hill, Ph.D. "Family Preservation and Family Support Programs: Child Maltreatment Outcomes Across Client Risk Levels and Program Types." Child Abuse and Neglect, Vol. 25, No. 10, October 2001.

Toni Terling Watt, Ph.D. "Permanency in Kinship Care: An Exploration of Disruption Rates and Factors Associated with Placement Disruption." Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2001.

Julien Teitler, Ph.D. & Sara McLanahan, Ph.D. "The Consequences of Father Absence." Parenting and Child Development in "Nontraditional" Families, pp. 83-103. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc, 1999.

Distinguished Service Award
Daniel Schneider, Director, National Center for Child Safety, for promoting best practice through child welfare advocacy.

 
2001 Pro Humanitate Award Winners

Book Award
Betsy Keefer and Jayne Schooler. Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past. Bergin & Garvey, 2000.

Article Awards
Eileen D. Gambrill, Ph.D. "Honest Brokering of Knowledge and and Ignorance." Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 36, No. 3, Fall 2000.

Christopher Baird and Dennis Wagner. "The Relative Validity of Actuarial and Consensus-Based Risk Assessment Systems." Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 22, #11/12, 2000.

Bill Treanor, Executive Director/Publisher, and Patrick Boyle, Editor. Special award for consistent intellectual integrity and moral courage displayed in year 2000-2001 publications, as exemplified by "The Hardy Life of Worst Practice," Youth Today, July/August, 2001.

Distinguished Service Award
Eddie Guice. Volunteer efforts in community programming; All Ohio Girls Basketball Program.

 
The 2010 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Dr. Michael L. Haney, Director of Prevention and Intervention, Children’s Medical Services, Florida Department of Health

Dr. Lisa Aronson Fontes, Core faculty member in the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute and University in Brattleboro, Vermont
Dr. Elizabeth Vonk, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Georgia
Dr. Ronald Hughes, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare
 

The 2009 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Cathryn Potter, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Research for University of Denver

Julie Kenniston, LSW, Butler County Children Services Board, Hamilton Ohio

Viola Vaughan-Eden, Ph.D., LCSW, Child and Family Resources, Newport News, Virginia

Keith Hughes, PhD., Director, Family Trust Clinic

Ronald Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2008 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Jill Duerr Berrick Ph.D., Professor and Co-Chair, University of California at Berkeley

Raelene Freitag , Ph.D., Children's Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin

David Finkelhor, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

David Stoesz, DSW, MSW, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ronald Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2007 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

There were no awards given in 2007.

 
The 2006 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Bruce Thyer, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor of Social Work, Florida State University

Alfred Kadushin, Ph.D., Retired, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Haluk Soydan, Ph.D., Research Professor, University of Southern California

Alice Lieberman, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, University of Kansas

Peg Hess, Ph.D., Consultant, Children’s Rights

Ronald Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2005 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Denise E. Bronson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, School of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Anita Barbee, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Diane DePanfilis, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work, University of Maryland

David E. Pollio, Ph.D., Associate Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Paula Allen-Mears, Ph.D., Dean, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

Ronald Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA , Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2004 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Daniel Pollack, MSW, JD , Professor , Wurzweiler School of Social Work , Yeshiva University

Erna Olafson, Ph.D., Psy.D , Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati Medical School

Duncan Lindsey, Ph.D. , Professor , SPPSR-Social Welfare-UCLA

Dale Curry, Ph.D. , Kent State University, Family and Consumer Studies

Jean Boudreau, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Retired, Quebec Association of Child and Youth Centers

Ronald Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2003 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Aron Shlonsky, Ph.D., School of Social Work, Columbia University, Barbara Bonner, Ph.D., Health Sciences Center Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma

Mirian Israel, DSW, School of Social Work, Fordham University

Anthony Maluccio, Ph.D., Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College

Kenneth Watson, MSW, Retired

Larry Breitenstein, Ph.D., Adelphoi Village

Ronald C. Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2002 Pro Humanitate Award Judges

Jon Conte, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Barbara Boat, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, The Childhood Trust – Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati

Jayne Schooler, Independent Consultant, Trainer and Author,
Winner of 2001 Pro Humanitate Book Award

Virginia Fitch, Ph.D., Director, School of Social Work, University of Akron

Madelyn Freundlich, Esq., MSW, Policy Director, Children's Rights, Inc.


Ronald C. Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

 
The 2001 Pro Humanitate Award Judges
Ronald C. Hughes, Ph.D., MScSA, Director, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare

Judith S. Rycus, Ph.D., MSW, Program Director, Institute for Human Services, Director, TRAINet

Keith G. Hughes, Ph.D., MSW, Director, Family Trust Clinic

William Benninger, Ph.D., Director, Adolescent Counseling Services

Mark-David Janus, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist


 
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