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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.
Government – agency, division, team, workgroup, or individuals of State of Delaware, county, or municipal governmental agencies/organizations.
Community Organizations – non-profit or for-profit organizations providing support services to individuals, families, and communities. For example, this category includes faith-based organizations, organizations serving individuals with disabilities, homeless services, veteran services, elderly, and crisis intervention.
First Responders – organizations such as fire, law enforcement, Victim Services and EMT.
Education (P-20) – universities, colleges, school districts, schools, early childhood centers, daycare centers, including institutions, administration, teachers and students.
Family/Caregiver – a family member or family caregiver demonstrating exceptional trauma-informed care during an especially difficult year.
Health Care – agencies, providers, hospitals, or individuals providing trauma-informed care to service recipients.
Other – organizations that may not fit within the categories above.
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