DHS employees to be honored with Champions for Children award

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota will honor DHS employees in the Children and Family Services administration during its fifth annual “An Evening for the Children” gala Saturday, April 27, at the Mendakota County Club in Mendota Heights. Accepting the Champions for Children Crystal Award on behalf of the Children’s Trust Fund will be Erin Sullivan Sutton, assistant commissioner of Children and Family Services; 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 also includes Joanne Mooney, state program administrative principal of Child Safety and Permanency, and Christeen Borsheim, director of Child Safety and Permanency.

The event is being held in connection with In connection with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. More information about this month's activities is on the Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota website.

“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.”

Other recipients of the Champions of Children Awards include Helene Slocum, parent and community leader; Dr. Robert Anda, physician and researcher; Dave Turk, vice president of MidCounty Bank and former board chair of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota; the Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope (PATCH) Foundation; Lisa Deputie, Child Safety and Permanency parent leader; and Connie Skillingstad, former executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.

Dr. Anda, the co-principal investigator for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, will speak about the study’s findings being used during congressional briefings and by the World Health Organization to evaluate origins of adolescent health and social problems in various U.S. states.


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