On behalf of the children in Kentucky whose lives benefit by the work of the Children's Advocacy Centers, the State of Kentucky has selected for the 2001 Commissioner's Award the collective group of Directors of Children's Advocacy Centers.
Kentucky has made a significant commitment over the past two years to enhance the way in which the State investigates and prosecutes child sexual abuse. The emphasis has been, first and foremost, on the well-being of children. Children's Advocacy Centers create a child-friendly environment within which interviews, examinations, and therapeutic services can be conducted.
In addition, Children's Advocacy Centers provide support to key professionals who dedicate themselves to the protection of children, particularly social workers, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors. By promoting multidisciplinary teams, the Children's Advocacy Centers go a long way toward supporting professionals in the management of tough cases and benefiting the children.
The Directors of Kentucky's Children's Advocacy Centers have dedicated themselves to supporting children and the professionals who help such children. The Directors have contributed an extraordinary number of hours and an unyielding spirit to the mission of caring for Kentucky's victimized children. Their contributions will be felt throughout the system but, more importantly, their collective contribution will make a difference in the lives of thousands of Kentucky's children.