December 4, 2002

 Peter Gibbs, Congressman McGovern and Chancellor Aaron Lazare at Angels in Adoption Award presentation

Congressman James P. McGovern (right), presents Peter Gibbs, MA, LMFT (center), director of the Center for Adoption Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, with an Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, in the office of Aaron Lazare, MD (left), chancellor and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, executive director of the UMass Center for Adoption Research, an adoptive father of eight, and himself a 2001 recipient of an Angel in Adoption award.


Mr. Gibbs, a nationally recognized expert on adoption and foster care and himself an adoptive parent, has helped heighten adoption awareness both in Massachusetts and nationally through over 20 years as a clinician, researcher and writer in the field. The Center for Adoption Research is a university-based program created to provide practical responses to the real world issues raised by foster care and adoption, and the University of Massachusetts is the only academic institution nationwide to conduct research, develop policy, promote educational and training programs, and provide public services to improve adoption and foster care.


The Angels in Adoption award program was established by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption(CCA) to recognize individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children and families through adoption. The CCA is a nonpartisan alliance of more than 160 members of Congress dedicated to improving adoption policies and services. Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts nominated Mr. Gibbs for the award.



Sandra Gray, 508-856-2000