Founded in 1998, the Praed Foundation seeks to support transformational activities in human services, with a special emphasis on improving the lives of children and families. The Foundation has a variety of projects that supports its mission including managing flexible funding for youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system. The primary work of the Foundation is in support of a mass collaboration of individuals who seek to use evidence-based assessments as an approach to working together to maintain the focus of human service enterprise on the people they serve. As such, the Praed Foundation maintains the copyrights on the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths, the Family Advocacy and Support Tool, the Crisis Assessment Tool, and the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment to ensure that they remain free for anyone to use who shares this commitment.


2020: Betty Walton, PhD – Founders Award. De Lacy Davis, EDD – Family Advocate Champion. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services – Systems Champion. Shelly Paule, MSW, LCSW – Provider Champion

2019: Saw-Han Quah – Founders Award. Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaborative – Youth Advocate Aware. California Department of Social Services – Systems Award. Northern Rivers: Agency Award

2018: System Level Kyla Clark and Tanya Albornoz, Founder Award Dan Warner, Parent System/Family Partner Level Jennifer Griffis, Parent/Family Partner Level Janet Hoeke

2017:Agency Level Barbara Dunn, System Level Tim Kelly, Founder Award Nathaniel Israel, Agency Level Seneca, Direct Care Level Julie Bourne and Eileen Chappelle

2016:Madeline Lozoski, Alison Krumpf, Paul Brylske, Alexander Jackson, and the Ministry of Social and Family Development in Singapore

2015:Founders Award Ann Marie LoPrieno, Program Level Jen Leland, System Level Timothy Hougen

2014: Annie LoPrieno – Founders Award  &  Ken McGill – Systems Champion

2008: System level: Randal Lea, Tennessee, Agency & Direct Service level: Lise Bisnaire & Stephanie Greenham, Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Family: Nancy Craig, New York State

2007: System level: Betty Walton, Ph.D. Indiana University, Agency level: Knute Rotto Choices Inc,  Direct Service: Erika Crawford Tennessee Department of Children and Families, Family: Robin Joyce Wayside Youth Services (Massachusetts)

2006:Stephanie Hanko (Illinois Department of Children & Family Services)

2005:Murielle Elfman & Candace Putter (Philadelphia Department of Human Services)

2004:Diane Borgeson (New Jersey’s Partnership for Children)