Champion for Child Well-Being Award
Announcing the 2021 Champions for Child Well-Being
Each year, the Arizona State University Center for Child Well-Being recognizes individuals who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to ensuring that children are living in safe, supportive, and nurturing communities. The purpose of the Champion for Child Well-Being award is to recognize contributions made to children living throughout the United States, whether it is through the individual’s professional employment, volunteer work, or advocacy.
This year we have two winners who have each committed their time to help children have a safe place to live, learn, and grow. These individuals are true champions for children.
Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University/Camden New Jersey (NRCCFI) is a renowned leader, advocate, educator, writer, speaker, and researcher in the field of children/families of the incarcerated. Under Ann’s leadership, NRCCFI has provided training and consultation to government and non-government agencies and community programs worldwide, and in 2013 she was honored by the Obama White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work as an advocate for children and families of the incarcerated.
Ann has always been a huge supporter of the Center for Child Well-Being National Conference on Children of Incarcerated Parents, and we are extremely honored to name her one of this year’s Champions for Child Well-Being.
Ebony Underwood is the founder/CEO of We Got Us Now, a national nonprofit/nonpartisan organization and movement built by, led by, and about children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration with the mission to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, ELEVATE & EMPOWER this historically invisible population. Ebony embodies what we all hope our system impacted children can grow to be; fearless warriors that turn their pain into power. Ebony is a herald voice championing for the millions of children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration which is why we are so excited to announce her as one of this year’s Champions for Child Well-Being.
Sister Teresa Fitzgerald | Hour Children Bill Owsley | Office of the Legal Advocate
Robert O. Carr | Give Something Back Carol Fennelly | Hope House DC