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A team of employees from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently received the "Champions for Children Crystal Award" for their work to prevent child abuse and neglect in Minnesota. The award was presented by Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota at the fifth annual "An Evening for the Children" gala.
Accepting the award on behalf of the DHS Children’s Trust Fund program was Erin Sullivan Sutton, assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services at DHS; Carole Wilcox, children’s services program supervisor of Child Safety and Permanency; and Theresa Davis, program specialist of Child Safety and Permanency Research.
The Children’s Trust Fund program also includes Joanne Mooney, state program administrative principal of Child Safety and Permanency, and Christeen Borsheim, director of Child Safety and Permanency.
“This is an honor to be recognized by one of our partners — Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota — in working to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Sullivan Sutton. “It is also an inspiration to be honored with other experts in their field to know we have many people inside and outside the department working to eradicate child abuse and neglect.”
The awards program and gala event were held in connection with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota is the state chapter of the national non-profit group that strives to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, advocacy and family support.