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Hernandez recipient of Ronald E. Mitchell award

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019

The Child Protection Team of Huntington County presents its annual Ronald E. Mitchell award to an individual who has gone above and beyond in child abuse prevention and intervention and has had major impact on the lives of Huntington County’s children. It is presented each April in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This year’s recipient is Karena Hernandez. She was nominated by her peers for her dedication for caring for abused and neglected children. She has been described as a consistent child advocate for over 18 years. She strives to find collaborative ways to address child abuse prevention with community partners and family members. She has been active with Mackenzie’s Hope, the Child Protection Team, Sgt. Terry Hall’s Body Safety and peer mentoring within the Department of Child Services.

“We can’t think of a person more deserving of this award,” stated Heather Malone, Chief Probation Officer and Child Protection Team Member.

Karena has worked with the Department of Child Services in Huntington County until her recent promotion to the director of Whitley County Department of Child Services. The Child Protection Team is made up of representatives from law enforcement, prosecutor’s office, probation, mental health, HCCSC, YSB, the Department of Child Services and physician.

Shown in the photo is Karena Hernandez, left, as she accepts the Ronald E. Mitchell award from Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.