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Child Welfare and Public Health Staff Named STARS

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East Region employees were recently honored with three STARS awards presented jointly from the San Diego County Commission on Children, Youth and Families; First 5 San Diego; and the United Way. The awards were in the categories of Health Care, Education and Social Services.

Laura Carter, East Region HealthLink Public Health Nurse serving at-risk families, earned a Health Care award for her commitment to improving the health of East County children and assisting women affected by domestic violence.

Dennis Leggett, East Region Child Welfare Services (CWS) Educational Liaison, was recognized with an Education award for collaborating with East County schools to help foster kids in East County. His work with CWS staff, school personnel, senior mentors and the community has contributed to the educational success and graduation of foster youth as well as educational continuity for children being removed from unsafe homes.

Neighborhoods for Kids, the East Region CWS service delivery model, was awarded the Social Services STARS Award.

Neighborhoods for Kids partnered with schools and other local stakeholders to ensure East County children are surrounded by familiar people and places that encourage them to thrive. The model aligned service delivery “clusters” with high schools and feeder elementary schools. As a result, CWS staff is able to develop working relationships with the schools and the communities where children and families live.