Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) of Madison, WI is one of only 13 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the first round of the 2010 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, DC.
AFCC received the award for its Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project. This program is now in the running to receive a Summit Award, ASAE & The Center’s top recognition for association programs, to be presented in ceremonies at ASAE’s 11th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, on September 29, 2010.
The Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project was a collaborative effort of AFCC and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. It began with a small think tank of experts at the Wingspread Conference Center to explore issues related to differentiating domestic violence, an issue on which there has been significant disagreement. Project participants with differing perspectives and professional backgrounds subsequently wrote journal articles, presented at conferences together and collaborated on projects, integrating a broader perspective of family court and domestic violence professionals in a variety of contexts. The project is considered a major breakthrough by many in the family law and domestic violence fields.
Now in its 20th year, the prestigious Associations Advance America Awards (AAA) program recognizes associations that propel America forward—with innovative projects in education, skills, training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public. “AFCC’s program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” remarked 2009-2010 Associations Advance America (AAA) Committee Chair Ping Wei, director of educational opportunities for the American Society of Civil Engineers.
For more information on the Domestic Violence and Family Courts Project contact AFCC Executive Director, Peter Salem (608) 664-3750, [email protected].
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