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Compassionate Champion Award


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

to create respectful, sensitive, and culturally competent environments;
to implement evidence-based trauma informed principles and practices that address the effects associated with trauma;
to develop a common language and framework for dialogue and discussion to enhance communication and progress along the continuum of trauma-informed care;
to increase the effectiveness and responsivity 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 of trauma-informed care implementation will take time and cannot be accomplished through a one-time action. This award recognizes those individuals or organizations that have taken steps toward providing services in a manner consistent with trauma-informed care outlined in the Developmental Framework.

Award Eligibility


  • 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 whole agency, division, team, workgroup or individuals of Delaware State, county, or municipal governmental agencies/organizations.

Community Partners – This category includes 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.


Awardees will be notified and an awards ceremony will be held in May 2019. 


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