FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 18, 2017) – This week, Kentucky House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell received the Champions for Children Mary Ellen Award from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Shell received the award because of his leadership on several pieces of legislation that resulted in a monumental win for kids in 2017.
“Standing up for our children means a stronger Kentucky,” said Shell. “I’m pleased we were successful on several initiatives to strengthen our foster care system and taking steps to make Kentucky’s adoption process the national model.”
Shell received the Mary Ellen Award at the 2017 Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky awards ceremony on Monday, which followed the 21stAnnual Kids are Worth It! Conference in Louisville. Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is the Commonwealth’s only statewide child abuse prevention organization, and works to prevent the abuse and neglect of Kentucky’s children through critical programs and services.
“I’m honored to receive this award from Prevent Child Abuse in Kentucky, which is a leader in protecting one of the most important groups in our Commonwealth – our children,” added Shell. “Kentucky needs to be one of safest places on earth for kids, and I aim to make sure that’s a reality. Not only are they our most valuable commodity, but they are our most vulnerable. I commend the Board of Directors and everybody involved at Prevent Child Abuse in Kentucky for the vital work they do.”