Catchers in the Rye

"I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I am standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start over the cliff."

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

The Catchers in the Rye Awards are AACAP's most prestigious awards. Presented by the AACAP Assembly, they recognize an AACAP member, committee, and regional organization that advocate for, and make contributions on behalf of children. Four Catchers in the Rye Award recipients are honored each year at AACAP's Annual Meeting.

2018 Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award Recipient: Carole Shauffer, JD, MEd

AACAP is honored to present the 2018 Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award to Carole Shauffer, JD, MEd

Ms. Shauffer personifies the intrinsic meaning of the word 'humanitarian,' with her outstanding work ensuring children in state custody receive the care and nurturing they need to thrive and become successful adults.

Read more about Ms. Shauffer's generosity and leadership.

Humanitarian Award

The AACAP Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award is awarded by the AACAP Executive Committee. It was established in 1990 to honor an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions to the field of children's mental health. Contributions may include but are not limited to advocacy, increasing awareness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, research, and/or acts of bravery/kindness.

Application Instructions

Please note that only AACAP members may submit nominations and only non-AACAP-members are eligible to receive the award. All nominations must be submitted in a Word document or PDF format to AACAP's Development Office at development@aacap.org by March 27, 2019. Please write “AACAP 2019 Humanitarian Award Nomination” in the subject line of the email. In your nomination packet, please include the following:

  • Name and contact information, including email, phone number, and mailing address, of nominator;
  • Name and contact information, including email, phone number, and mailing address, of nominee;
  • 250-500 word explanation of why the nominee deserves the award;
  • 2-3 paragraph biography or  abridged CV (no more than 4 pages) of the nominee;
  • If available, supporting information that would be helpful to inform the selection committee, such as a website, book, magazine, or journal profile.

AACAP's Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Awad recipient will be recognized for their impact on children's mental health at AACAP's 66th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, October 14-19. Recipients are required to attend the awards ceremony at AACAP's Annual Meeting.

Past AACAP Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award Recipients

Assembly Catchers in the Rye Awards
The Assembly Catchers in the Rye Awards are AACAP's most prestigious awards that recognize an AACAP member, an AACAP component, and a regional organization of the AACAP Assembly for outstanding advocacy efforts.
Awards are presented at the fall Assembly meeting during AACAP's Annual Meeting each year. Please send your nominations to the Executive Office, executive@aacap.org, by June 1.

Assembly Catchers in the Rye Award to an Individual
Each year, AACAP rewards an outstanding member who exemplifies advocacy for children.

Assembly Catchers in the Rye Award to a Component
Each year, AACAP rewards an outstanding component (committee or task force) who exemplifies advocacy for children.

Assembly Catchers in the Rye Award to a Regional Organization
Each year, AACAP rewards an outstanding member who exemplifies advocacy for children.