Ohio County Group Seeks Champions of Children

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, and one of the many events that takes place is the Deborah Doleski Allen Champion of Children Awards ceremony.

Each year, the Ohio County Family Resource Networks Partners in Prevention Team honors three individuals who have shown dedication to making the lives of children in Ohio County happy and healthy ones.

The Deborah Doleski Allen Champion of Children Awards are named for the previous Family Resource Network director who died unexpectedly in December 2010.

The three categories for the awards are:

— Early Childhood: Nominees affect the lives of children ages birth to 5 years old.

— Social Services: Nominees work at a social service agency serving Ohio County.

— Community Member: Nominees could be judges, doctors, teachers, volunteers, media, police officers or others who have made a difference in the lives of children.

Other Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month events will take place next month to bring awareness of prevention strategies to the community.

Events include Pinwheels for Prevention, parent and professional workshops and Wear Blue Day in local schools.

To nominate a Champion of Children, submit the following information via email to OhioCountyFRN@yahoo.com, or via mail or in person at OCFRN, 56 13th St. Wheeling, WV 26003: Person being nominated; category; nominee’s place of employment/volunteering; nominee’s phone number and email; nominator’s name, phone number and email; and an explanation (maximum of 175 words) of why this person is being nominated.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 20. All nominations will be presented to the Ohio County Partners in Prevention Team on Tuesday, March 24, with winners being honored at a ceremony on Friday, April 10.

For information, call the Ohio County Family Resource Network, 304-232-5600 or email OhioCountyFRN@yahoo.com.