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Northern Kentucky Child Safety Advocates Honored

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


    
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2009) – Twenty-three Northern Kentucky child welfare professionals and advocates were honored last week as recipients of the “Keeping Children Safe Spirit Award.”

The awards were coordinated by the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Northern Bluegrass Region. DCBS is the human services agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The Keeping Children Safe Spirit Program began in 2008 as an opportunity to highlight child safety practices throughout the region and to honor the individuals who are dedicated to keeping children safe.

The award recipients were nominated by their peers.

DCBS Deputy Commissioner Teresa James helped present the awards.

“We recognize these individuals today as valuable partners in our mission to preserve the well-being of Kentucky children,” she said. “The work of these honorees proves their dedication to keeping children safe here in Northern Kentucky.”

Other sponsors of the awards were the Community Collaboration for Children, the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Covington Rotary, NorthKey Community Care KEYS and the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission.

James also thanked the winners of the Keeping Children Safe Spirit Awards for helping to spread the message of child safety.

“Regardless of your recognition today, all of you will go back to work tomorrow and devote yourselves to helping children,” she said. “You are teaching your colleagues and community members that keeping children safe is everyone’s business.”

Recipients and other community members in the 12-county Northern Bluegrass Region gathered for the awards presentation and a program that included a brainstorming session for better collaboration among agencies and a “poverty simulation” to better understand some clients’ point of view.

Northern Bluegrass Region Service Administrator Lisa Prewitt said she’s proud of the value her region places in partnerships.

“These agencies all have unique strengths, and they are always willing to use their abilities and resources to help one another,” she said.

A list of Keeping Children Safe Spirit Award winners and their nominators follows.

Jennifer McComas, Grant County DCBS. Nominated by Caroline List, Grant County DCBS, Division of Protection and Permanency
Honorable Tamra Gormley, Family Court Judge, Bourbon County. Nominated by Alana Cassity, Bourbon County DCBS, Division of Protection and Permanency
Heather R. Secrist, Kenton County Family Court, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program. Nominated by Ron Brock, Kenton County CASA
Judge Executive Gary W. Moore, Boone County. Nominated by Jane Herms, Family Nurturing Center
Honorable Joy A. Moore, Kentucky Court of Appeals. Nominated by Jane Herms, Family Nurturing Center
Mahannare Harris, Parent Advocate. Nominated by Emma Lattimore, Natural Helper
The Rev. Bruce Hiner, Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Grant County. Nominated by Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Grant County
Lisa Hiner, Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Grant County. Nominated by Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Grant County
Sheila Price, Family Resource and Youth Services Center, Harrison County. Nominated by Jessica Tumey, Harrison County DCBS, Division of Protection and Permanency
Tasha Wilder, Women’s Crisis Center. Nominated by Christina Singleton, NKCAC
Kim Adams-Leger, Nicholas County Cooperative Extension Office. Nominated by Jessica Tumey, Nicholas County
Gilbert Singletary, Bridges in Communities, Bourbon County. Nominated by Alana Cassity, Bourbon County DCBS, Division of Protection and Permanency
Debbie Walters, Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Nominated by Vickie Henderson, NK Children’s Advocacy Center
Bree Crowder, Holly Hill Children’s Services. Nominated by Mary Clare Donaldson, Holly Hill Children’s Services
Donna Watts, Newport High School Youth Services Center. Nominated by Tiffany Mullis, DCBS
Dwight Marvin, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Out of Home Care Diversion Program. Nominated by Charles Leon, DCBS
Kelley Johnson, Department for Community Based Services, Kenton County. Nominated by Charles Leon, DCBS
Kate Arthur, Homeward Bound Shelter. Nominated by Katy Mullins, DCBS
Shana Tucker, Transitions’ WRAP. Nominated by Jessica Brown, DCBS
Molly Welsley-Chevalier, Fourth Street Elementary Family Resource Center. Nominated by Kristy Woods, Brighton Center
Jill Gay, Targeted Assessment Program, University of Kentucky. Nominated by Jennifer Pinkston’s Team, DCBS
Pam Von Handorf, DCBS. Nominated by Lisa Prewitt, DCBS

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Last Updated 6/11/2009