Pamela LaHaye of Morrill, has been awarded the 2012 Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner’s Award as nominated by Gov. Paul LePage.

This award honors one recipient from each state, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the territories, for making an exceptional contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in his or her state or territory. DHHS Commissioner Bryan Samuels presented the award to LaHaye at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 19.

LaHaye has spent her entire career working to improve the lives of Maine’s children and families and has directed her energies to prevent abuse and neglect of Maine’s children. Her leadership and commitment has been integral to the design and sustaining of Maine’s effective network of home visitation.

She created Maine’s first home visiting program, Parents Are Teachers, Too (PATT). Following the success of this pilot program, she successfully expanded and guided this work to join an integrated statewide system of home visitation. She now serves as the Maine Families Home Visiting statewide coordinator, an evidence-based program that is shown to reduce child abuse and neglect by addressing such issues as domestic violence, shaken baby syndrome and improved infant health and safety.

LaHaye’s work ethic and vast experience have earned her the opportunity to serve on a variety of commissions and boards that support Maine families. Her active roles include, but are not limited to:

· Board member of the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health

· Co-chair of Family Committee of the legislatively-created Maine Children’s Growth Council

· Member of the Infant Safe Sleep Coalition and the Shaken Baby Prevention Team

She resides in Morrill with her husband, Richard.