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Youth Advocate presented Lisa Putman Award for Excellence in Child Welfare

Tuesday, June 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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The National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter’s 2014 Lisa Putman Award for Excellence in Child Welfare was given to Dr. Gary Anderson for his thirty plus years of commitment to improving the quality of life for children throughout Michigan.

The Lisa Putman Award for Excellence is given to social workers who demonstrate excellence in the practice area of child welfare. The award was presented to Dr. Anderson at the Annual Meeting of the Profession Conference at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Dr. Anderson has been committed to research, teaching and community leadership throughout his career. Dr. Anderson spent fifteen years mentoring young social workers
from 1998-2013 as the Director and Professor of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.

With over fifty eight publications, such as Beyond Survival: Resiliency and Children with HIV/AIDS and Widening the Circle: The Practice and Evaluation of Family Group Conferencing with Children and Their Families, Dr. Anderson “has advanced the field’s understanding of child welfare by infusing and demanding ethically rigorous research, interventions and evaluations of existing programs”. As well as helping to develop a National Child Welfare Workforce Institute in order to improve the quality of child welfare training as well as increasing research for foster care youth.

Pilar Horner Assistant Professor at Michigan State University had this to say when nominating Dr. Anderson: “Gary has sustained exemplary and successful research, teaching, and service to the child welfare community as well as the larger Michigan community. He works tirelessly with individuals in the local, state, and federal agencies to improve the quality of care. He has developed working relationships with local agencies, state government officials, and federal funding agents. His career tirelessly works to improve services for child welfare practitioners and for the children and families who must utilize those services”.

“His work has taken years to accomplish, however he has not faltered nor does he appear to be stopping anytime soon.”


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