The Chris Rankin Award For Best Adoptive Parent


The Adoptive Parent Award

November is National Adoption Month in the United States. It is a time to recognize and honor adoptive parents, and Transfiguring Adoption wants to do just that through our annual Chris Rankin Award For Best Adoptive Parent.


Chris Rankin is an adult adoptee and actor who was adopted as an infant.
He was 16 years old when he sent off a letter asking for an audition to play Percy Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. He went on to play the role for 11 years.
Transfiguring Adoption chose to name this annual award after Chris due to his passion for wanting other adoptive children to have a successful future.

You can read a brief blog on Chris’ thoughts on [adoption here].

The Award:

  • Special Award Engraved With The Winner’s Name
  • Transfiguring Adoption T-shirt
  • Books Relevant to Adoption from Jessica Kingsley Publishing


About the Contest:

Nominations for the Chris Rankin Award for Best Adoptive Parent are open to the public (form
below). Please note that nominees may be single parents or a couple.
Transfiguring Adoption leadership volunteers from across the U.S. will review the nominations
and select three finalists to advance to the public voting phase. Each finalist will be paired with
a Celebrity Advocate, who will use social media and other digital platforms to campaign for
their Best Adoptive Parent finalist.
Public voting, by donations ($1) made through the website, happens in November, with the winner
announced the first week in December. The winner will be featured in media releases and receive a special, personalized award and a Transfiguring Adoption gift package. All of our finalists will, of course, receive some awesome Transfiguring Adoption swag.

Winning Qualities

A strong nomination will provide great examples of these qualities shared by successful
adoptive parents:

  • Accepting Imperfection
    No parent is perfect. A great adoptive parent accepts this, owns up to their mistakes and learns from them.
  • Advocacy for Child
    Many of us dislike conflict. Many of us have overbooked schedules. Great adoptive parents will do what it takes for the best interest of their adoptive child.
  • Continuous Learning
    Parenting a child from a traumatic background is “different” from traditional parenting. A great adoptive parent is continually trying to learn more about how to help children coping with difficult pasts.
  • Willingness to Change
    A great adoptive parent is adaptable and willing to change how they parent in order to do the best for their child.
  • Creative – Think Outside the Box
    A great adoptive parent needs more tricks up their sleeve than “traditional” parents. They
    use special games, activities, or bedtime books to help their child(ren) to thrive.


  • Deadline for nominations: October 19
  • Finalists announced and public voting opens: November 1
  • Last day to vote: November 25
  • Winner Announced: First Week of December


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Transfiguring Adoption is a 501(c)3 organization. This contest does not discriminate against person due to race, gender, religion, etc. The staff and volunteers of Transfiguring Adoption reserve the right to disqualify a nomination/entry for any reason for which they see fit.