Columbus Parent is proud to present the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy’s Central Ohio Adoption Hero Awards, presented by Columbus Parent. These awards recognize individuals and organizations which have done great things in their own lives and in the lives of children in the adoption and foster care community.

You can enter nominations in any of four categories:

1) Adoption/Foster Care Professional: Honoring professionals who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in their efforts to achieve permanence for children.

2) Adoption/Foster Care Advocate: Honoring adoptive parents, foster parents, kinship parents, or volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts on behalf of children.

3) Families’ or Parents’ Group: Honoring an organization for outstanding support of adoptive, foster or kinship parents/families.

4) Youth Hero: Honoring exemplary community service by a child or young adult who was adopted or in foster care. (Service does not need to be related to adoption or foster care.)

We’ll be collecting nominations through our website until Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m.

The winners will be selected by a panel of community professionals and announced at the 2011 Forever Home Adoption Celebration, June 4 at COSI (and we’ll have more details on that event in the weeks to come because it promises to be a great family-fun festivity).

To find out more about nomination requirements and selection criteria, and to enter a nomination, please visit our website.