Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA), a child abuse prevention organization, and PSECU have launched the 2018 PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids Awards competition. PFSA's Champions for Safe Children-acclaimed program honors Pennsylvania residents and child welfare professionals. PFSA will announce and celebrate the award winners at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.
In addition to honoring two child welfare professionals and two everyday citizens, PFSA this year has added a new category to the competition: Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Media Champion for Safe Kids. Any professional working journalist or media entity that publishes content for broadcast, cable, digital, internet, photography, print, or web-based platforms is eligible. The media nominee must have demonstrated a commitment to covering child abuse and child protection-related issues in Pennsylvania in 2017.
All nomination forms, criteria, and instructions for submission are available at http://www.pablueribbonchampion.org/nominate. Entries must be received by PFSA by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26. A five-member, independent panel of judges chosen by PFSA will determine the winners. The 2018 Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Champions will be announced at a celebration in April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The 2018 Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids Awards evaluation panel members are Ira Weiss, chairman, WBK Weiss Burkhardt Kramer; Terry Clark, director, York County Children, Youth and Families; Steve Doerner, director, Bucks County Child Advocacy Center; Cynthia Figueroa, commissioner, Department of Human Services, City of Philadelphia; and Brenda Lawrence, program administrator, Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN).
For more information about Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, readers may visit http://www.pa-fsa.org or call 800-448-4906.