Children’s Bureau, Inc. recognized two outstanding child advocates during their 2010 Annual Meeting. The Roberta West Nicholson “Child Advocacy Award” was presented to JauNae Hanger and The Indianapolis Star for their pioneering work that has brought attention to the many important youth issues in our community. Because of their efforts, youth have been made better off, and will feel positive benefits long into the future. Hanger is an attorney specializing in the issues of disproportionality and disparities in juvenile justice, education, child mental health and child welfare. Hanger’s professional achievements have been documented in court records and professional journals; however, Hanger puts just as much effort in her volunteer work and commitment to addressing the unmet legal needs of children through legislative advocacy, bar-related activities, and pro-bono efforts.
Columnist, Matthew Tully, accepted the Indianapolis Star’s award on behalf of the organization. Tully has covered government and politics since 1992, and spent this past year shining a light on the conditions in the Indianapolis Public Schools. Through Tully’s compelling columns, he has demonstrated what one caring adult can mean in the life of a child.
The “Child Advocacy Award” was named after Roberta West Nicholson, a state legislator and lifetime advocate for children. She is honored for remaining true to her priority – child welfare – serving with grace, wit and wisdom, and for keeping the question before us: “After all, if we don’t watch out for the children, who will?