Darren DaRonco, Public Information Officer
PHOENIX (May 8, 2018) –
DCS Director Greg McKay received Childhelp’s prestigious Voice of Children Award for his extensive work in protecting Arizona’s children from abuse and neglect.
“Arizona is lucky to have an individual as hard-working and kind-hearted as Greg,” said Childhelp co-founder, president and vice chairman, Yvonne Fedderson.
Fedderson and Childhelp co-founder and CEO Sara O’Meara presented the award to Director McKay during a Childhelp National Day of Hope award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2018.
“The fierce devotion with which he has served our state is unparalleled,” said O’Meara. “We are truly honored to call him a friend.”
Pictured from left: Sara O'Meara, Childhelp co-founder and CEO; DCS Director Greg McKay; and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp co-founder and president.
The ceremony was co-chaired by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
“I am honored to receive this award,” Director McKay said. “But this award was earned by each and every DCS employee who has dedicated themselves to protecting Arizona’s children. It is truly a privilege to lead so many extraordinary people.”
The Childhelp National Day of Hope, was created from a congressional resolution in 2000. It is observed on the first Wednesday of April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month – with the goal of unifying individuals across the country to make a commitment to join the fight against child abuse and to reflect on the young lives lost each year.
It is estimated that five children die each day from abuse and neglect in the United States, and for nearly six decades, Childhelp has worked to combat this epidemic. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD, is headquartered in Phoenix and is staffed by professional crisis counselors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These counselors offer crisis intervention as well as information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
Founded by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson in 1959, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse. For more information, visit www.childhelp.org.