KVCAP's Lanelle Freeman to receive Maine Children's Trust Professional Advocate Award

October 27, 2015

The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program is pleased to announce that KVCAP’s Social Services Director, Lanelle Freeman, has been selected by the Maine Children’s Trust to receive this year’s Professional Advocate Award in honor of her years of service working to prevent child abuse and neglect. The award will be presented at the Maine Children’s Trust Annual Recognition Event in Portland on October 28.

“Lanelle has dedicated her career to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, not only in Kennebec and Somerset counties, but also though statewide efforts,” said Jan Clarkin, the Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Trust. “I couldn’t be more thrilled. This award is way overdue and well deserved.”

Ms. Freeman began her career in child abuse and neglect prevention twenty-two years ago, when she was hired by KVCAP under a collaborative program through Maine General Medical Center. In this role she provided home visiting and case management to high-risk families and also worked as a social worker for patients at the hospital. She quickly assumed management responsibilities at KVCAP, and began overseeing the Maine Families home visiting program and the Child Abuse Prevention Council for Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Freeman is an active Board member of the Maine Children’s Trust and serves on the Executive Committee. She coordinates the Click for Babies campaign – through the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome – for all of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention councils throughout Maine. Freeman participates in several statewide groups, including the Statewide Period of PURPLE Crying (shaken baby prevention) coalition, the Maine Children’s Trust/Maine CDC Infant Safe Sleep work group, the Child Abuse Action Network, and the Sexual Abuse Prevention planning team.

As a seasoned educator, Freeman participated in the development of curricula and materials used by the 10 child abuse and neglect councils across Maine, to educate communities about the importance of safe infant sleep practices, the prevention of shaken baby syndrome, mandated reporter trainings, and other topics related to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She is currently working with the Maine Children’s Trust to develop a virtual delivery system to provide parenting education for families who may not be willing or able to participate in person.

“This award exemplifies the great work that Lanelle has done over the years to educate others and raise awareness about child abuse and neglect,” said Suzanne Walsh, KVCAP’s Chief Executive Officer. “We couldn’t be more proud of her. This award validates the positive impact she has had on the lives of children and their families as well as our community.”

For more information about the Maine Children’s Trust recognition event please call 207-623-5120 or visit www.mechildrenstrust.org.

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