UPDATED: Transfiguring Adoption Names Award After Chris Rankin
UPDATE (October 14, 2018):
Harry Potter costar Stan Yanevski (Viktor Krum) has joined his Weasley friend, supporting nomination and award efforts for the Chris Rankin Award for the Best Adoptive Parent contest that Transfiguring Adoption is hosting. Nominations for great adoptive parents to receive the award are being accepted through October 19, public voting will be November 1–18, and the winner will be announced during the first week of December. Stan just recently joined the efforts to support the campaign, as nominations come to a close this week. Hopefully, he will draw more participation to this fantastic cause!
The positive values and messages found in the Harry Potter series are often used to advocate for charitable causes, so it’s no surprise that wizarding world alumni are also a philanthropic bunch. Earlier this month, a nonprofit organization, Transfiguring Adoption, announced that Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) is helping raise awareness of its magical work by lending his name to a very special award.
Through the Chris Rankin Best Adoptive Parent Award, Transfiguring Adoption aims to celebrate the “dedication and love” of adoptive parents, as well as raise awareness of their need for support. Nominations for the award are being accepted until October 19 and adoptive parents from across the United States and the United Kingdom are eligible to be nominated.
Once the public nomination closes, the nonprofit organization will choose three finalists, each of whom will be paired with a celebrity advocate for the final public voting phase. Celebrity advocates will use social media and other online platforms to encourage people to vote for their finalist, and a winner will be announced the first week of December.
**Contest NOW OPEN**
Nominations are now open through October 18th for the annual Chris Rankin Award for Best Adoptive Parent. Don’t let that unsung hero in your life go unrecognized.
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— Transfiguring Adopt (@TransfigurAdopt) October 1, 2018
Transfiguring Adoption is a magical organization that supports foster and adoptive families through a Harry Potter-based curriculum. Using Harry’s story as a starting point, the nonprofit organization develops resources and tools to help new families process and discuss adoptive children’s experiences.
Speaking about his partnership with Transfiguring Adoption, Rankin took the opportunity to not only highlight the staggering number of children available for adoption in the US and UK but also recognize the selflessness of adoptive parents:
There are more than nearly 4,000 children in the U.K. and more than 100,000 in the U.S. available for adoption. I’m proud to help shine a light on the creative and self-sacrificing heroes, adoptive parents like mine, who step up to the challenges of caring for these children on a daily basis.
To find out more about the Chris Rankin Adoptive Parent Award, and information on how to nominate an adoptive parent, check out the video below and visit the Transfiguring Adoption website.