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Compassionate Champion Award


The purpose of the Compassionate Champion Award is to recognize outstanding achievement by both individuals and organizations in providing trauma-informed services. Delaware is committed to ensuring that environments that serve children and adults in our state are working to embody these practices of trauma-informed care:

  • creating respectful, sensitive, and culturally competent environments;
  • implementing evidence-based trauma-informed principles and practices that address the effects associated with trauma;
  • developing a common language and framework for dialogue and discussion to enhance communication and progress along the continuum of trauma-informed care;
  • increasing the effectiveness and responsiveness of all services and assistance provided to Delawareans, especially children and adults who have experienced traumatic circumstances.

The award is based on the criteria in the Delaware Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed Care. It is important to note that progressing through the continuum from one level to the next will take time and cannot be accomplished through one activity. This award recognizes those individuals or organizations that have taken steps toward providing services in a manner consistent with trauma-informed care.


Eligibility/Supplemental Information

  • Any individual, community partner, first responder, educational institution, and other organization providing services to Delaware’s citizens within the State of Delaware is eligible for nomination.
  • Nominees may nominate themselves or be nominated by other individual(s).
  • Nominees selected as award winners will be recognized through the press and at an awards ceremony in May.
  • Nominees’ names, photos, and nominator contact information will be made available for use to media and through various State of Delaware social media sites, unless the Governor’s Office receives written notification stating otherwise.


Award Categories

Government – This category includes the whole agency, division, team, workgroup, or individuals of State of Delaware, county, or municipal governmental agencies/organizations.

Community Partners – This category includes non- or for- profit organizations providing support services to individuals, families, and communities. For example, this category includes faith-based organizations, medical and mental health providers, services to homeless families, veteran services, elderly, and crisis intervention.

First Responders – This category includes organizations such as fire, law enforcement, and EMT.

Education – This category includes universities, colleges, school districts, schools, early childhood centers, day care centers, and other educational institutions.

Other – This category includes other organizations that may not fit within the categories above.

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