When someone is unable to function as a parent, finding a home for the child isn't always easy–even when family members are eager to help.

Adrienne Wilhoit, a partner in the Business and Finance group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, has developed a reputation helping families obtain legal guardianship over young children. She was honored for her pro bono work at the firm's 12th Annual Pro-Bono Awards this week and received a $1,000 award, which she donated to Arizona Women's Education and Employment, Inc.

This week, Ms. Wilhoit also was named the Guardianship Attorney of the Year, and Ballard Spahr was named Medium-sized Firm of the Year by the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Maricopa County. In the past year, Ms. Wilhoit has represented six families in which family members sought guardianship over children whose parents were incarcerated or otherwise unable to properly care for them. Her efforts have enabled the families to keep the children enrolled in school and covered by medical insurance and benefits.

"It's very satisfying to help a child find his way into a loving home with family," Ms. Wilhoit said. "I'm honored to be rewarded. But, really, it's my privilege to do this sort of work."

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