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Children's Center honored at summit


Children’s Center Medical Director Dr. Sue Skinner received the Champions for Children Manager or Supervisor Professional of the Year Award at the 15th annual Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit earlier this spring.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: BARBARA PESCHIERA - Pictured, left to right are Dr. Sue Skinner, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Sgt. Clint Pierce at the awards ceremony.The award is presented to a manager or supervisor who supports the overall effort to protect, treat and hold people who harm vulnerable victims accountable.

“Dr. Skinner’s expertise and knowledge in the field are well respected in the local area, and in the court system she is considered an expert,” said Sgt. Clint Pierce of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as he presented the award. “As impressive as that is, the thing that makes Dr. Skinner stand out to the people she works with is her willingness to be available to bring her expertise to bear when and where it is needed. Detectives, district attorneys, DHS personnel and others all call upon Dr. Skinner for her input or opinions on their cases. Dr. Skinner makes herself available even after-hours and on weekends, if necessary.”

The summit is hosted by the CCSO Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child-abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional’s knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies’ roles and responsibilities. Professionals came to Portland to attend the summit from across the globe.

“Abused children need, and deserve, the best support and intervention services possible,” said Children’s Center Board Chairman Ron Naso. “As a board-certified pediatrician in child-abuse pediatrics, and a member of the American Professional Society of the Abuse of Children, Sue Skinner personifies Children’s Center’s commitment to top-quality child abuse assessment services.”