Senior VP Nancy Arnow Honored for Leadership in Advocating for Children
Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2011
ACS Presents Child Advocacy Awards
(From: New York Nonprofit Press)
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services honored several individuals and organizations last week with Child Advocacy Awards for their outstanding contribution to keeping children safe and strengthening families. The honorees were invited to an awards ceremony at ACS headquarters at which Commissioner John B. Mattingly presented each honoree with their award. The Commissioner’s Child Advocacy Awards are part of the agency’s activities recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
“ACS relies on our partnerships with skilled, caring individuals and organizations to help us meet our core mission of protecting children and supporting families,” said Commissioner John B. Mattingly. “Their contributions to this critical work have helped us make a difference in the lives of countless children and young people – not only this month but every single day of the year.”
This is the third year that ACS has presented Child Advocacy Awards to external stakeholders for their perseverance, compassion, and professionalism in making a difference in the lives of children and young people.
The 2011 ACS Child Advocacy Awards were presented to:
Edward Patrick Lyon: As a foster child of more than seven years, Lyon put together 140 small duffle bags containing a teddy bear, soap, toothpaste, books and entertainment items to be given to children entering foster care, raising over $15,000 worth of donated items and dedicating 200 hours of his time to the project.
Tracey D. Little: Little is Coordinator of Project Foster Care at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. Through the project, Tracey has helped to change the culture of foster care agencies to be more inclusive of LGBT issues and practices.
Carnegie Hall – Musical Connections: Through this program Carnegie Hall has provided youth in detention with the unique opportunity to participate and perform in musical works that they had developed from start to finish with professional musicians.
Councilmember Annabel Palma: Palma has been a steadfast partner and advocate, committed to sustaining and growing services for New York City’s children and families. As Chair of the General Welfare Committee since 2010, and prior to that as a committee member, Council member Palma has supported ACS’s efforts to protect children and strengthen families by advocating for resources in child protective services, preventive services and child care.
Nancy Arnow: As Senior Vice President for Youth, Mental Health and Anti-trafficking Programs at Safe Horizon, Arnow has been instrumental in the opening of the Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens; she is also leading the efforts to identify funding for a CAC in the Bronx.
Dr. Stephen Ajl: As Director of the Children’s Health Center at Brooklyn Hospital as well as the medical director of the Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center, Ajl works closely with ACS to provide trainings for Child Protective staff and other professionals to educate them regarding the evaluation of children who are believed to be the victims of abuse and neglect.
Detective Elizabeth McColgan: NYPD Detective McColgan has worked in the Manhattan Child Advocacy Center since it opened and she is known for conducting sensitive and thorough interviews with young children and embracing the team approach to multi-disciplinary investigations
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