Norfolk – April 12, 2018: The Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center presented Gail Collins of the Madison County Attorney’s Office with the “In the Spirit of Children” Award. The award honors LB 1184 Child Abuse and Neglect Team Members who have contributed to the welfare of children by providing exemplary service to children in the investigation and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Collins has been with the Madison County Attorney’s Office since 2002 and spends the majority of her time handling the juvenile docket.
Nominators identified numerous examples of Collins going above and beyond to assist in pursuing safety for the children of Madison County. Over the last 18 years, Collins has been a tireless advocate for children, wanting the one thing that we all want, for children to be safe and grow up in homes that will provide that. What many people do not know is that without her knowledge, expertise and hours of work she puts in, many children and families would not be where they are at today. Collins is very deserving of this award and even more so, the acknowledgement of all her years of service to the children and families of Madison County.
The Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center is a child-friendly, coordinated program in one location where representatives from many disciplines gather evidence, evaluate, and make decisions about the investigation, treatment, prosecution and prevention of child victimization. Since the center opened in September 2004, they have had over 1,500 referrals for adults and children. The center provides services such as forensic interviews, medical exams, hair testing, advocacy, court school, and community education. Utilizing a joint investigation team approach, the Child Advocacy Center is a facility-based community partnership dedicated to pursuing the truth in child abuse investigations.