On Friday, April 22, the Huntington County Child Abuse Protection Team announced the recipient of this year’s Ronald E. Mitchell Award, and Mayor Rob Miller and County Commissioner Terry Stoffel proclaimed April National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Ronald Mitchell Award is given to a volunteer who has touched the lives of many children and families. Nominations come from the County Abuse Protection Team, law enforcement, mental health organizations, schools, hospitals, and Department of Children’s Services.
This year’s recipient is Terra Rowley.
Jan Williams, Youth Services Bureau executive director and Child Protection Services team chair, provided several examples of Rowley’s selfless giving to Huntington’s children and families as she shared comments from the nomination process.
“One person shared, ‘a child and their family don’t realize how lucky they are if they have the opportunity to meet Rowley. Once she becomes involved, she continues to be involved as much as the youth or family needs and/or wants them to be,’” Williams said.
Other examples included Rowley’s collaboration with providers and family members and her ability to look “outside the box to help find solutions to issues the youth/family find themselves in while empowering the youth and parent throughout the process.”
Accepting her honor, Rowley said, “The heroes are really the kids and families that seek help. I’m the one that becomes inspired.”