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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARIZONA LAWMAKER RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARDS FOR FIGHTING WELFARE FRAUD AND PROTECTING KIDS IN CRISIS
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP ON REFORMS PROTECTING STATE PROGRAMS FOR THE TRULY NEEDY AND EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED
Arizona Sen. Kelli Ward was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Protecting the Vulnerable and the Champion of Children Awards Monday for her leadership in the state to prevent fraud and to protect communities who help families and children in crisis.
Ward sponsored legislation in Arizona to give the state access to modern tools to combat fraud and waste in their welfare systems, and to enable community-based organizations to train and prepare volunteer families to take in children whose parents are experiencing a temporary crisis. Strong partnerships with the FGA and leaders like Ward have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by rooting our fraud, and prevented thousands of children from being caught up in the foster care system.
“Sen. Ward’s leadership shows her commitment to the people in need in Arizona, whether that means protect the states safety nets for the truly needy by fighting fraud, or enabling the community to come together and help a struggling family navigate a crisis,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“The long-term stability of the state’s welfare programs and the future success of Arizona’s children depend on leaders stepping forward with bold ideas that work.”
Ward is one of a handful of state leaders being recognized from around the country for their work in 2015, and they are the first group of legislators to be honored with this annual award.