DHS honors 'crusaders' for children

on 19 April 2017

This article was published April 18, 2017 on Philly.com.

Debora Brown, a case management supervisor at Turning Points for Children CUA 3, was one of five Children's Crusader Award recipients.

The awards honor unsung DHS staff and community partners to highlight their work on behalf of children in the city. Awardees are nominated by peers and receive a $100 gift card and award.

“This is a 24/7 hour job,” DHS Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa said at the ceremony. “When the rest of the city is asleep, DHS and [Community Umbrella Agency] staff are answering the hotline, meeting the needs of family, finding a foster home for kids, and ensuring the safety of youth that reside in our juvenile justice facility.”

The awards coincided with child abuse awareness month, and Mayor Kenney, in introducing the awardees, implored all Philadelphians to keep an eye out for the city’s most vulnerable.

“You’re always trained and raised to mind your own business, but we can’t mind our own business anymore,” Kenney said. “Be a busybody, be a pain in the neck, be vigilant for our kids.”

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