Receives 2012 Woodsum Daniel Award from Hope & Home
Colorado Springs, CO, Oct 23, 2012 – El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark was honored for her work on the Not One More Child initiative by the non-profit Hope & Home child placement agency.
During its 11th annual High Hopes & High Fashions fundraising event, Hope & Home presented Commissioner Clark with the 2012 Woodsum Daniel Award for the efforts El Paso County is making on behalf of children and preventing child abuse.
Hope & Home spokesperson Maria Mihalik said, “The Woodsum Daniel Award is given each year to the person who has truly made a difference in the life of a child. Commissioner Clark was selected for her role in co-creating the county-wide ‘Not One More Child’ child abuse prevention initiative, and for bringing Hope & Home to the table as the liaison between the coalition and the faith-based community here in Colorado Springs.”
Clark said, “This award also goes equally to District Attorney Dan May. He and all the non-profits, the faith based organizations, the military, the hospitals and medical community that came together to reduce child abuse in El Paso County. Home & Home is a faith based agency that works in partnership with the Department of Human Services to find qualified foster care homes and promoting adoptions.”
Commissioner Sallie Clark and 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May began pulling together a community task force back in February to address the alarming number of child fatalities in 2011. During that year 10 children were killed as a result of abuse or neglect. Six of those children were under 1 year old. “My office saw the numbers, saw the trend and we knew that we had to turn it around,” said District Attorney Dan May. “There are some good programs for new parents coming out of our hospitals, we’ve got the military, the non-profits and faith based organizations all working together on this and it makes a difference.”
Today the group includes more than 70 representatives from law enforcement, military installations, the Department of Human Services, hospitals and community groups like Pikes Peak United Way, CASA, TESSA and Safe Passage. Through the Not One More Child initiative the group is reaching out to provide information and support to young families in stressful circumstances.
To become involved in the Not One More Child Coalition, please contact Jennifer Brown at email@example.com or at 444-5533.
Not One More Child information is available on the El Paso County website, here.
Photo Attached: District Attorney Dan May and Commissioner Sallie Clark with Award
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