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Ed Van Dusen Legacy Award 2017

Congratulations to 

Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho

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Winner of the 2017 Ed Van Dusen Legacy Award

Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho provides trauma-informed victim services to children and parents that build resilience, reduce the effects of exposure to violence, and increase confidence and self-efficacy among survivors of violence and abuse.  The outcomes of their services lead to empowered survivors who are more resilient and better equipped to cope with trauma and to recognize abuse if they begin to experience it again. The survivors’ sense of isolation is diminished because they know they are not alone; and they know where and how to access support in the future.

Since its inception in 1974, FSA has served tens of thousands of women, children, and men who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, sex trafficking, and child abuse and neglect by providing emergency shelter, court advocacy, parenting classes, support groups, children’s support groups (for kids exposed to domestic violence), trauma-focused counseling, and other vital services to help survivors heal from their wounds. 

FSA collaborates with other victim services providers, as well as local law enforcement and the court system to participate in a multi-disciplinary approach to provide comprehensive support and services to victims of abuse and neglect.

About five years ago, FSA participated in a multi-year, national research and learning project that increased their skills and capacity to serve community members with evidence-based, trauma-informed care for children exposed to violence.  FSA was recognized as a leader among project participants around the country and had the opportunity to present their service model to key stakeholders in Washington, DC. 

In the past five years, over 750 children have received services from FSA.  Last year, 900 children received essential information through their awareness campaigns and class-room based education efforts. Several thousand adults have benefited from FSA’s trauma-focused parenting education and counseling.

For the profound quality and scope of their work, we are proud to present the 2017 Ed Van Dusen Award to Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho.

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edvandusenWhy is this award named for Ed Van Dusen?

Ed Van Dusen might rightly be called the “Father of the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund” because of his role in getting the organization established in 1985. After his death in 2009, the Trust Fund’s board renamed its “Board Award” in his honor. This will be the second award given in his name. Last year’s recipient was the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children.

What is the “Ed Van Dusen Legacy Award” for Exemplary Practice in Child Abuse Prevention?

An annual award created by the members of the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund Board to recognize and reward a particular child abuse prevention effort in Idaho that is creative, innovative and impacts the community in a positive way by preventing the abuse and neglect of children.

What is Child Abuse Prevention?

Child abuse prevention is the work of keeping abuse and neglect of children from ever occurring.

Eligibility for Application

Any agency or organization engaged in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in Idaho is eligible to apply or to be nominated by a third party. This includes, but is not limited to: non-profits, government agencies, schools, hospitals, foster parents, faith communities, child care centers, coalitions, private counseling centers, homeless shelters, and service clubs. A Legacy Award Winner may not be nominated again.

Criteria for Application

The efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect undertaken by the nominee should be innovative, creative, collaborative, able to be replicated, have a positive impact on the community, receive community support, and occur in Idaho. The nomination application will request information about these criteria.

APPLICATION

The winner will be notified after the ICTF Board's meeting in late January. The presentation of the Legacy Award will take place at the Award Luncheon during the annual ICTF Strengthening Families Training Institute in March in Boise, Idaho. The ICTF will pay travel expenses for the Legacy Award winner to attend the Award Luncheon.

Application Process

Eligible and interested parties must complete and submit the Nomination Application, three-page essay, and the required support letters from the community by the December 18th deadline. Please e-mail to the Trust Fund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications may also be mailed or delivered in person. No Faxes please. Each nominee will be notified of the results in writing or by phone, prior to the Award Luncheon.

Award

The winner of the Ed Van Dusen Legacy Award for Exemplary Practice in Child Abuse Prevention will receive a monetary award to be determined by the Board to be used to continue their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in Idaho. The winner will also receive public recognition through the ICTF’s website, newsletter, and any other available media. All recipients must provide the ICTF with a letter describing the work undertaken with the award prior to the Strengthening Families Training Institute.

Decisions

The staff of the ICTF will insure that each application contains all required information before submitting them to the Board for review. Any applications that do not contain all required information will be disqualified. Qualifying applications are read and scored by a subcommittee of the Board, which makes the final decision on which applicant will receive the Ed Van Dusen Legacy Award for Exemplary Practice in Child Abuse Prevention. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all applications. The decision of the Board is final.

Questions?

Please contact the staff by calling 208-386-9317, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


 

Past Award Recipients:


2016- The Idaho Foster Youth Advisory Board

2015- Family Advocates

2014- Giraffe Laugh

2012- Research and Service Navigation/ Idaho KinCare Project, Statewide

2011- The ICARE Program of St. Vincent DePaul, Coeur d'Alene

2010 - Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children

2009 - Easter Seals-Goodwill

2008 - Help, Inc.


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