Good Samaritan Community Services (Good Sam) was awarded the 2019 Children’s Bureau Champion Award in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to Building Community Capacity on April 24th at the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect in Washington, DC. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families.
As the only federally-sponsored national conference devoted to the issues of preventing child maltreatment, the conference brought together more than 2,000 child welfare staff, child maltreatment prevention partners, parents, and community members from around the country, to explore strategies that promote healthy child development and well-being. Good Sam was recognized at the conference, along with four other organizations throughout the nation, for their work in strengthening the capacity of families.
“By working together, pooling our ideas and creative energies, we can change child welfare to create environments where children and families thrive,” said Jerry Milner, Acting Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau. Good Sam’s Building Community Capacity award recognizes the work of the agency’s programs, including its Family Development Services and Youth Development Services programs.