2009 Child Advocate of the Year Awarded to Barbara Higgins

Posted: December 17, 2009

Anne Freimuth(left), Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Utah, presents Barbara Higgins with the Child Advocate of the Year award

The Prevent Child Abuse Utah Organization has awarded Barbara Higgins of the Sandy Police Department with the 2009 Child Advocate of the Year Award.

Ms. Higgins has been instrumental in developing a program for the police department titled, "Children At Risk Intervention (CARI)."

This program was established under a federal grant received in 2008. The goal of the program is to identify children at risk in order to decrease violence and abuse in the lives of children, adolescents and families by finding alternatives to violence that can be developed in Sandy City. The program helps to stimulate interests, provide choices and promotes action. Several problems that negatively affect families that are being addressed in this program are suicidal/homicidal, drugs/alcohol, violent/aggressive behavior and mental illness.

Barbara co-wrote and produced a video in 2006 titled, "Stop the Violence, A Look at Teen Dating." Approximately 14,000 videos have been distributed to the Sandy community, schools, other law enforcement agencies, as well as private organizations. Additionally, Barbara was instrumental in starting the Youth Court Program for the police department.

Barbara currently serves on the Governors Office Teen Dating Violence Task Force, Utah Youth Court Association and Dating Violence Awareness Week Committee.

Congratulations to Barbara on her accomplishments and her contribution to Sandy residents!