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Laura E. Pepper
For 20 years, Laura Pepper, a Family Service Specialist, has been making significant contributions to the lives of Delaware's most vulnerable citizens -- abused and neglected children. Ms. Pepper's record of service proves outstanding. She tutors elementary school students, chaperones Independent Living Weekends, coordinates the annual Adopt-a-Family holiday program, delivers Thanksgiving food baskets to the needy, and devotes countless hours of her own time representing the Division of Family Services at outreach events, fairs, and other activities. Ms. Pepper has devoted special attention to the needs of foster children and shines in her ability to talk with them, demonstrate concern, and facilitate their future success. She has helped numerous foster children prepare for exams, apply for college, and participate in their senior prom festivities. Former foster children often bring their children by the office to meet Ms. Pepper, expressing their appreciation for the wonderful role model she provided during a difficult time in their lives. Her skill and professionalism have made a significant difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in Delaware. Always one to roll up her sleeves, Ms. Pepper is the acknowledged computer database and network expert for her region. She serves as the resource for many contacts with internal and external groups, which benefit the performance of the Division of Family Services work unit. Recently, Ms. Pepper received the Division of Family Services Employee of the Year Award, the Delaware Children's Department Employee of the Year Award, and the State of Delaware Award for Commitment and Excellence in State Service. Ms. Pepper's dedication to the children, foster parents, and clients the Children's Department serves cannot be overstated. Through all of her efforts, Ms. Pepper embodies the commitment of the Children's Department vision: "Think of the Child First."