On Thursday, June 15, Children's Trust staff and partners came together both in-person and virtually for this year's Celebration Day. Our annual Celebration Day celebrates the work and accomplishments of Children’s Trust program partners and family support professionals across Massachusetts.
From honoring the extraordinary work of our partners to hearing inspiring and powerful stories from Healthy Families program participants - this year's event highlighted the power of working together to support children and families.
All of us at the Children’s Trust are extremely proud and excited about the hard work and partnerships that we see on the local, state, and national levels that continue to strengthen the lives of children and families across the Commonwealth.
Jennifer Valenzuela, Children's Trust Executive Director presented Chris Millett with the Family Recognition Award.
Moments of Reflection
After accepting the 2023 Family Recognition Award, recent Children’s Trust Healthy Families graduate, Chris Millett, shared how the Healthy Families program helped him and his partner navigate parenting during the pandemic and gain confidence as parents.
“Since Mahalia's graduation from this program [Healthy Families] a few months ago, I can confidently say that I am a proud parent of an amazing and beautiful daughter and I was given the right amount of guidance to lead as a father and role model for my daughter.”
Kyara Torres shared the impact Healthy Families has had on her family.
Attendees also heard from Healthy Families program participant, Kyara Torres. Kyara reflected on how the Children’s Trust Healthy Families program helped her overcome domestic violence, navigate grief, and become the strong, loving mother she is today. She expressed her gratitude for the support and guidance of her family's home visitor, Tara, and how much she values both their relationship and the Healthy Families program.
“I know there are many other young parents who are facing similar challenges and to them, I would say this: you are not alone. The Healthy Families program is here to help, and there are people like Tara who will be with you every step of the way."
Moments of Inspiration and Celebration
Special guest, Whitney Dodds LMHC, LPC, spoke on the importance of self-compassion and taking care of our mental health. She shared tools and resources on setting boundaries and the power of mindfulness and relaxation.
"In order to effectively help others, you must prioritize your own well-being and self-care." - Whitney Dodds, LMHC, LPC
Whitney Dodds, LMHC, LPC.
Celebration Day Awards
Each year, we are thrilled to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Children’s Trust program partners and family support professionals across Massachusetts. Congratulations to this year's award recipients!
Healthy Families Awards
Fall River Healthy Families
Home Visiting Award
Cape Cod Healthy Families
North Shore Healthy Families
Fatherhood and Co-Parenting Award
Berkshire County Healthy Families
Legislative Advocacy Award
Lowell Healthy Families
Public Relations Award
North Worcester County Healthy Families
Reflective Supervision Award
Franklin County Healthy Families
Greater Worcester Healthy Families
Community Engagement Award
New Bedford Healthy Families
Focus on Quality Award
Haverhill Healthy Families
Marsela Mitrushi and Debra DeAlmeida
Lawrence Healthy Families
Drop the Mic Award
Hope Ma and Donna Foti Scovell
Gus Rego and the Metro North DCF Office
Family Center Awards
Drop the Mic Award
Michelle Godfrey, Cambridge Center for Families
Penny Funaiole, Office of Prevention and Outreach of the Medford Health Department
Family Recognition Award
Christopher Millett, Cape Cod & the Islands
Healthy Families Springfield Staff