Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay received the inaugural Champion for Children award from ChildNet on Thursday, April 9. ChildNet Executive Director Larry Rein presented McKinlay with the award at the annual Care For Kids luncheon held at Frenchman’s Reserve.
A former ChildNet board member, McKinlay was honored for her advocacy for children in foster care and volunteer service with the Junior Leagues of Florida, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Guardian Ad Litem, the ReEntry Task Force and the 15th Circuit Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.
McKinlay was previously recognized for her work in the community with the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011 from local firefighters, the Junior Leagues of Florida Advocacy Award in 2009, the Girls Power Award in 2008 and the Child Advocate of the Year in 2006.
ChildNet was chosen by the Florida Department of Children & Families to serve as the community-based care lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
ABOVE: Melissa McKinlay with ChildNet’s Larry Rein.