IL, December 21,2005 - A Department of Children and Family Services supervisor
was recently honored for her compassion and devoted service to victims of child
abuse and neglect. The Lake County Child Advocacy Center presented child protection
supervisor Coryn Turner the award during a December 6th ceremony held in Gurnee.
annual award is given to DCFS staff who have demonstrated cooperation and commitment
to the Lake County Child Advocacy Center and the people it serves.
has such a warm spirit, and she always goes above what her job description requires
so that we can serve children who have been victimized, said Sandra Bankston,
a Child Advocacy Center caseworker.
Turner, a 20-year veteran in child welfare
services, began her DCFS career in 1992 as a follow-up worker. She currently supervises
six child protection staff at the Waukegan field office.
This award has
motivated me again to stay focused and remain in child welfare, said Turner,
noting that child welfare workers often do not receive recognition for the vital
work they perform. She added that the Lake County Child Advocacy Center plays
an important role by offering multidisciplinary services to child victims during
the early stages of an investigation.
The Centers staff really
assist us with complicated cases and cases that are criminally chargeable,
said Turner. My staff works well with their staff, and without their assistance,
DCFS would sometimes be challenged to know the right direction to take.
people honored at the December 6th ceremony included Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard
Keller, and Lake County sheriff's investigators Sgt. Rick White and Lenny Cole.
Waukegan-based Advocacy Center was established in 1985 as a cooperative effort
between DCFS, local law enforcement agencies and the Lake County State's Attorney
to provide a multi-disciplinary approach for responding to reports of child abuse.
It is among the oldest of 36 child advocacy centers currently serving 80 counties
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services