Children & Families First (CFF) is pleased to honor Janice Mink as the 2015 recipient of the Muriel E. Gilman Family Advocacy Award. As a charter member of the National Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, CFF presents the Family Advocacy Award annually to an individual with a strong voice for children and families, during the alliance’s “Family Advocacy Week” each November.
Mink has been a committed and effective advocate for Delaware’s children and families since she moved to Delaware in 1993, serving on numerous boards, committees and commissions. A co-founder of Grassroots Citizens for Children, Mink was instrumental in creating the Office of the Child Advocate and in advocating for a Delaware Supreme Court ruling allowing children’s voices to be heard in court proceedings. Today, she serves on the Child Protection Accountability Commission and co-chairs the Child Abuse and Neglect Panel, which reviews deaths and near deaths of children by abuse and/or neglect. She is also a member of the Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware. Mink is a Towson University graduate and Certified Public Accountant. She is married to Fred Mink and the proud mother of two sons.
“We are delighted to recognize Janice with this award,” said CFF Board of Directors member Ellen K. Levin. “She is a true unsung hero who has continually volunteered her time, energy and passion to improve the landscape of child welfare in Delaware.”
For years, the Family Advocacy Award was presented by Muriel Gilman, a treasured member of the CFF Board and former United Way of Delaware (UW) executive who raised millions of dollars for UW. In 2011, To honor and remember Gilman’s tireless work, the CFF Board renamed the award in her memory.
Mink will receive the Award at a private reception on November 17 at the Wilmington Club on North Market Street in Wilmington. Also at the reception, Welfare Foundation President Peter C. Morrow will receive the J. Thompson Brown Award, a CFF honor that annually recognizes an individual who embraces a lifelong commitment to strengthening family life in Delaware.