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15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
The Commissioner's Award Ceremony, a highlight of the 15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, provides the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of an exceptional group of individuals from across the United States who have made outstanding contributions to the field. Their efforts serve to enable local communities and entire states to realize significant progress toward ensuring the safety and well-being of our nation's children. In some instances, the influence of these award recipients extends nationally and even internationally.
All those being recognized at the Commissioner's Award Ceremony have had the honor of being nominated by the Governors of their respective states as worthy recipients of this prestigious award. This year our 44 honorees represent 41 states, the District of Columbia, and two territories. Among them are 25 women, 17 men, a Children's Task Force, and a Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program. These honorees work as professionals and volunteers and typically in both capacities. Many are protective service and social workers who serve on the front line and as supervisors and administrators. We also honor a judge, a Standing Master, lawyers, pediatricians, professors, a psychologist, a police commander, nurses, a licensing specialist, and the founder of a community development initiative.
Passionate, tireless, persistent, dedicated, innovative, compassionate — a handful of the adjectives repeatedly used to describe this special group of honorees. All are advocates and leaders in their field. Some strive for change in policy and legislation. Many are innovators who have created new programs and changed the service delivery systems in their communities. Others excel in the direct services and support they provide to children and families in need.
Our honorees reflect the complexity of the field and the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration. We congratulate them on their achievements and express our appreciation for their remarkable contribution.