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NARCCW’s Director, Dr. Ronald Hughes, received the Peter Forsythe Award for Leadership in Child Welfare for his contributions to the field of public child welfare. The Peter Forsythe Award is presented annually by the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA), an affiliate of APHSA, to a person who exhibits leadership in the field of public child welfare and in support of NAPCWA’s mission. The award criteria include exemplary work at the national and regional levels in support of child welfare agencies’ efforts to protect children and support families. The award was presented at the American Public Human Services Association’s 75th Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2005.
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"It has been a rare privilege to work with many of you and your colleagues, both past and present. I look with pride at the state training systems to which we have been privileged to contribute, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Indiana, and Oklahoma, to name a few.

I especially want to thank my colleagues in Ohio. For 20 years we have worked with Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services, the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, county directors, and Regional Training Center directors and staff to improve child welfare practice. Ohio has been the laboratory for the continuing development of some exceptional child welfare programs and technologies over the last two decades—practices and technologies adopted and adapted by many other states and provinces, by the Child Welfare League of America, and by the Council on Social Work Education.

I want to thank Barb Riley, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, who now, as Director, and over the last several years in other positions in the Department, has provided the leadership and resources to support the development of some remarkably creative child welfare programs. I must say thanks to Rick Smith and Lyn Bissonnette at ODJFS, who have been every contractor’s dream of fair and objective. And I want to thank Crystal Allen, Executive Director of PCSAO, for her intelligence, energy, and support over the years.

I want to acknowledge my tremendous debt and gratitude to my colleague, Dr. Judith Rycus, easily one of the most informed people in child welfare today.

Finally, I want to thank all of you. The NAPCWA Peter Forsythe Leadership Award is the most important award I will ever get, because it’s from the people who actually do the work of protecting children from maltreatment.

Alfred Kadushin said of his love of child welfare, 'There are few jobs where, at the end of the day, you can say you have saved children’s lives. Child welfare is one of them.' I am proud to be a part of child welfare. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I look forward to working with you for many years to come."

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