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Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court Probation Officer Susan Maguire Is Honored
With Prestigious Award By Children's Advocacy Group
|Franklin-Hampshire County District Attorney David Sullivan and Franklin Hampshire County Juvenile Court Probation Officer Susan Maguire
Susan Maguire, a Probation Officer at Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court, was honored with the 2011 Ellen Sedlis Award at the 12th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Breakfast hosted by the Northwestern Children's Advocacy Project this week.
Maguire is the first Probation Officer to be recognized with this award, according to Susan Loehn, Franklin-Hampshire County Assistant District Attorney. A 15-year Probation Officer, Maguire was presented with the award by District Attorney David Sullivan for her tireless work with troubled children at the Log Cabin banquet facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
"Susan has always gone above and beyond in her work with children and is very deserving of this recognition which was named in honor of Ellen Sedlis who was a strong advocate for children," said Loehn. "In the past, we have honored teachers, police, and a Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigator. This is the first time that any Probation Officer has been given this award."
Maguire said of the award, "I am extremely honored and humbled. I knew and worked with Ellen. Her work with children was truly amazing."
"Given Susan's vast experience working with children, she has a very comprehensive approach to helping them. She works very diligently with children and their families to ensure that the children receive the appropriate services and resources. Susan is a definite asset to the court and an important advocate for children and their families." said Peter Kotch, Acting Chief Probation Officer at Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile.
According to Loehn, the Children's Advocacy Project is a partnership involving the District Attorney's office and the Children's Advocacy Center. The center is one of 11 throughout the state, according to Loehn.
A Children's Advocacy Center is a child-focused, community-oriented, facility-based program in which representatives from the law enforcement, medical, and social services fields converge to address investigation, treatment, and the prosecution of child abuse cases, according to The National Children's Advocacy Center based in Huntsville, Alabama.
"Before these centers were established, children were brought to the hospital or to the police station and interviewed by so many people. The advocacy center is a 'child-friendly' place where their needs can be met."