April 19, 2021 – Children’s Trust is honored to announce that Elizabeth (Beth) Eisenzimmer, Children’s Trust Family Advocate Coordinator will receive the Virginia Attorney General Unsung Hero Award during a virtual recognition event on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. During this event Attorney General Mark R. Herring will recognize individuals from across the Commonwealth for their work on behalf of victims of crime in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This virtual ceremony will highlight the significant contributions of remarkable Unsung Hero honorees.
Beth is one of eleven individuals to be honored and one of only two from the Roanoke/New River region. As the Family Advocate Coordinator Beth’s main role is to support non-offending caregivers whose child has made an allegation of abuse/neglect. Support includes referral for mental health services, crisis intervention, any additional services the caregiver reports and to ensure that the caregiver has a constant person to stay with them throughout the life of their case. Beth is an outstanding family advocate.
Children’s Trust consists of five programs: CASA (Court Appointed Special
Advocates), Children’s Advocacy Center, Children First Child Abuse Prevention, Healthy Families, and the Trauma Informed Community Network. These programs combine to provide public education outreach, effective advocacy, and a strong network of support for children and families and is dedicated to coordinating services that will improve the community by promoting awareness about child abuse, providing family support through education, providing a child-friendly environment for the investigation of abuse, and advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
Christina Hatch, Children’s Trust Executive Director, states “during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and recognizing that April is also Child Abuse
Prevention/Awareness Month, we are so very proud of Beth and the work she does on behalf of abused and neglected children in the jurisdictions we serve.”