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The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network recently recognized Joanne Mooney, program administrator for the Children's Trust Fund in Child Safety and Permanency Division, at its 11th Annual Fatherhood Summit. The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network is a nonprofit that promotes practices and policies that support positive father-child and family relationships through informed practice, public policy and system change. Mooney received the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award at the summit Jan. 28 at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud.
RaeAnn Mayer, Minnesota Father & Families Network board chair, said Mooney's efforts to bring awareness to the issues fathers and families face along with her work to build resources that help change the culture earned her the organization's award.
Mooney's “commitment to improving the lives of Minnesota’s most vulnerable, the children, helps build healthier families, healthier fathers, and healthier communities,” Mayer said.
Through Mooney's efforts, DHS helped sponsor the recent conference, "Celebrating Minnesota Fathers: Recognizing Awesome Work in our State." Mooney will co-present with other experts from the network this spring at workshops throughout the state that examine adverse childhood experiences and trauma, and the role fathers play in prevention and healing.
DHS, along with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Prairie Lakes Youth Programs and the Otto Bremer Foundation, sponsored the summit.