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At its annual luncheon, the Children’s Alliance will present five awards honoring child advocates whose work has improved the lives of Washington children. These diverse activists have spoken up for children, youth and families—they have demanded healthcare for all Washington children, pressed for the rights of birth parents within the child welfare system, secured funding for early learning programs for the children most at risk of being left behind.
The awards will be presented at the Children’s Alliance’s Voices for Children Awards Luncheon, June 4 at 11:30 a.m., at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center
Kimberly Mays, who works in the Pierce County Juvenile Court's Parent-to-Parent Program and serves on the governor’s Racial Disproportionality Advisory Committee. She has channeled personal tragedy into highly effective advocacy for birth parents and against racial disproportionality in the child welfare system.
Laura Wells, a long-time child advocate and founder of the Washington state chapter of Fight Crime Invest in Kids. She has worked successfully in the midst of a state budget crisis to protect funding for home-visiting programs that have been proven to prevent child abuse.
Vicky McIntyre, who turned her struggle to secure health care for her daughter into advocacy on behalf of health care for all Washington children. Her work helped protect Apple Health for Kids and ensure that all children have access to it.
Jean Colman, former executive director of the Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition, which from 1984 to 2008 worked to add the voice of welfare recipients and low-wage workers to the decision-making processes affecting their lives.
Our Kids, Our Business, a media and community campaign to raise public awareness of and support for prevention of child abuse and neglect. Accepting the award will be Mary Ann Murphy, founder and executive director of Partners with Families and Children in Spokane, and Stacey Cowles, publisher of the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Supported by an array of media and community organizations, Murphy and Cowles conceived and initiated the campaign. As director of Partners, Mary Ann Murphy works to reunite and heal families where abuse has taken place. Under Stacey Cowles’ leadership, the Spokesman-Review has given unprecedented coverage to child abuse and neglect prevention as part of the Our Kids, Our Business campaign.