IL, November 29, 2005 - The
Department of Children and Family Services' in-house expert on international adoptions,
Mary Donley, received a "Friends of Adoption Award" during a November
18th gala ceremony in Oak Brook. Presented by the Sunny Ridge Family Center, the
annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that help cast a positive
light on adoptions through their words and actions. Past recipients include country
singer Faith Hill, cocaine baby researcher Dr. Ira Chasnoff and radio personality
Wheaton-based adoption agency presented Donley their Friends of Adoption Award
to acknowledge her "experience, passion, efficiency and attention to detail"
in helping to serve children and build families around the world.
joined DCFS in 1988 as a Springfield area follow-up worker, later becoming the
Department's Intercountry Adoption Coordinator in 2000. Working inside the Interstate
Compact Office, Donley provides administrative and technical assistance to nearly
a thousand families each year as they seek to adopt children from other countries.
is the only Illinois recipient of this year's Friends of Adoption Award. Another
award was presented to Steven Curtis Chapman, a Grammy Award-winning singer who
established the Shaohannah's Hope organization to provide information and financial
grants to families who desire to adopt children in other countries.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services