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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ILLINOIS LEGISLATOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR PROTECTING KIDS IN CRISIS
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP ON REFORMS EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED
Illinois Rep. Patti Bellock was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Champion of Children Award Oct. 26 for her leadership in the state to protect communities who help families and children in crisis.
Bellock sponsored legislation in the Land of Lincoln to protect families and volunteers as they come together to support children and parents in their communities. Strong partnerships between the FGA and leaders like Bellock will save thousands of children from being caught up in the foster care system, ensuring families are reunited more quickly and at higher rates without cost to taxpayers.
“Illinois, like many states, has faced massive challenges with their child welfare services, and leaders like Rep. Bellock recognized that there was a better way to help families by getting the community involved,” said FGA CEO Tarren Bragdon.
“She fought to create protections for families that raise their hands and ask for help, while also protecting the families and community organizations that come forward to help them.”
Bellock is one of a handful of state leaders from around the country being recognized by the FGA for their work in 2015. They are the first group of legislators to be honored with this annual award.