The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award. 

This award, to be given an the 2019 Alliance National Conference, will recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to enhancing child and family well-being. We are looking someone who has provided exemplary leadership to the child welfare field, national or regional public policy, and the Alliance. 

This award, which honors the memory of Colonel Samuel Gerson Nordlinger was established by his wife Sarah Haines Nordlinger and their family.

Nominations are due May 13.  

Prize Package

The award winner will receive the following:

  • 25 percent off the cost of full or single-day conference registrations for anyone from the award recipient’s organization
  • $1,000 cash award
  • Engraved crystal award
  • National recognition through the Alliance website, Alliance E-News , and Alliance Policy Radar e-newsletter
  • Outreach toolkit to assist in communications


The award recipient must be affiliated with an Alliance member organization, but he or she may be serving at any level. Any staff member from an Alliance member organization may nominate individuals for this award. 

Nomination Requirements

Nominations must be submitted via email by May 13. Send all nominations to Jennifer Jones, director of the Alliance’s Change in Mind Institute.

Submit a nomination letter (no more than five pages), along with letters of support from two colleagues (not including the person making the nomination). The nomination letter should include the following:

  • How the individual has addressed disparities in the child welfare system and worked to advance equity
  • How the individual has advanced prevention efforts within his or her organization and across systems and sectors
  • How the individual has advanced the integration of brain science research into organizational culture, practices and policies, and within external systems
  • How the individual has engaged in unique and innovative efforts to address the complex issues facing families
  • How the individual has improved outcomes for children, youth, and families as well as impacted their lives through regional or national advocacy
  • How the individual has increased his or her organization’s effectiveness and credibility within the child welfare field
  • How the individual has taken a leadership role and actively participated in the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

In addition, submit three photos of the individual and/or videos that can be used in the award presentation, should the nominee be selected.  

Although not required, additional materials may be submitted including newspaper articles, printed materials, and testimonial letters. The winning nomination will be selected based on the nomination letter, not the supporting materials.  

Award Selection and Presentation

A selection committee, comprised of past award winners and Alliance staff, will review all nominations and select the award recipient. Nominators will be informed of the decision by June 24. The award will be presented Thursday, Oct. 17 during the 2019 Alliance National Conference in Indianapolis.

Direct questions to Jennifer Jones, director of the Alliance’s Change in Mind Institute.