“The Everyday Hero awards will honor those in our community who have committed their time, effort or even their entire lives to the noble cause of preventing child abuse and neglect,” said OCTF Executive Director Kristen Rost. “Nominees could be caseworkers, teachers, school nurses, police officers, mentors, neighbors, community groups or even the nominators themselves – anyone whose actions, large or small, help relieve parents’ stress and/or protect children.”
Nominations are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. To obtain a nomination form, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be notified by March 9 and recognized at a Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month kickoff event on April 5 in Columbus.
OCTF staff, board members and regional prevention partners will review all nominations and evaluate them based on the nominees’ accomplishments and measurable community impact. One winner will be chosen from each of eight Ohio regions: Central, East, Great Lakes, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and West. For a map of the regions and more information, visit jfs.ohio.gov/octf.
The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is the state’s sole public funding source dedicated to preventing abuse and neglect. Housed within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund works with its partners in every county to serve all Ohio communities.