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Recognized for Leadership in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention, recently presented State Representative Rachel Storch of St. Louis with the Laurie Donovan Award for her outstanding commitment and service to Missouri’s children in developing public policy.

Established in 2000, the Donovan Award is given annually to one current or retired elected official who has provided leadership in the area of child abuse prevention, family support and overall concern and advocacy for children and family issues.  Rep. Storch was elected to the legislature in 2004 and serves the 64th District.  She is an advisory board member for Nurses for Newborns Foundation (NFNF), St. Louis Crisis Nursery and Voices for Children. 

“Rachel possesses commitment and integrity as she fights for Missouri’s low-income families and children, particularly in the areas of healthcare, insurance coverage, education and abuse prevention and treatment,” said Nanci Bobrow, Ph.D., CTF chair.  “As a member of the Budget Committee, she has secured funding affecting children such as the Umbilical Cord Blood Bank at Cardinal Glennon Hospital; child welfare programs, including NFNF, aimed at preventing abuse; and the SafeCare program which educates physicians to perform exams and administer treatment to sexually abused children.”

The CTF Board of Directors created the award named after former Missouri House of Representative Laurie Donovan for her efforts while serving in the general assembly.  Previous award recipients include Rep. Donovan, Governor Mel Carnahan (posthumously), Sen. Harold Caskey, Sen. Betty Sims and Sen. Roseann Bentley.