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Jewish Family Service employee to receive national award for adoption work

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 11, 2012 02:15 PM

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Jewish Family Service of MetroWest’s Adoption Choices, based in Framingham, announced that their employee Raquel Woodward will today be awarded the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's "Angels in Adoption Award” for 2012.

The annual award recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of children in need of a permanent home, asking members of Congress to honor an individual, couple, or organization from their district that helps children find homes.

Of the 46 years in Woodward’s career, 20 have been spent working at Framingham-based JFS of MetroWest's Adoption Choices, a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency that serves families statewide.

Throughout her time at JFS of MetroWest, Woodward has helped place more than 1,000 children into homes.

While Woodward works with many families, it is her personal commitment to each family and their individual needs that has earned her such high praise.

“Raquel is a longtime unsung hero in the adoption field,” said Marc Jacobs, the organization's CEO. “She has always been a front-runner in the field of adoption, building upon the resources that we offer to adoptive families to provide them with courses and training that extend beyond the duties of adoption social work.”

Woodward’s nomination was sent to the Massachusetts delegation on Capitol Hill, with approval and sponsorship by Senator Scott Brown, who praised Woodward for her commitment and invaluable service to the MetroWest community, according to the organization.

JFS of MetroWest’s Adoption Choices, a nonprofit licensed adoption program, has been providing comprehensive adoption services since 1982. For more information, visit Adoption Choices online at www.jfsmw.org/adoption.

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