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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MISSOURI LEGISLATOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR PROTECTING KIDS IN CRISIS
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP ON REFORMS EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED
Missouri Rep. Andrew Koenig was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Champion of Children Award Monday for his leadership in the state to protect communities who help families and children in crisis.
Koenig sponsored legislation in Missouri to protect families and volunteers as they come together to support children and parents in their communities. Strong partnerships with the FGA and leaders like Koenig 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.
“Families in need deserve to have somewhere safe to turn without the fear of being torn apart by a government agency designed to save abused children,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Rep. Koenig recognized this need and has worked to provide families in crisis with a safe haven in their communities, by creating legal protections for them and community-based volunteer organizations that host temporarily children.”
Koenig 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.