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Ed Freel Honored with Gilman Family Advocacy Award

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Children & Families First recognizes IPA Senior Fellow for his efforts to improve the lives of Delaware children and families

 
Ed Freel and Barbara Crowell

Ed Freel and Barbara Crowell accept their awards at the Champions for Children Awards Dinner.

IPA Senior Fellow Ed Freel was honored with the Muriel E. Gilman Family Advocacy Award by Children & Families First. Freel accepted the award at the Champions for Children Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  He was honored for his efforts behind the scenes and in front to improve the lives of Delaware children and families.

The Honorable Barbara Crowell was also recognized as the recipient of the J. Thompson Brown Award for a lifetime commitment to assuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of Delaware's children.

About Ed Freel

Ed Freel is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware. A policy scientist, he helped establish the Democracy Project at the University of Delaware which promotes civic engagement among young people and a better understanding of citizen responsibilities in a democratic society. Ed Freel not only teaches civics, he leads by example, particularly around early childhood education. He is also a senior advisor for Senator Tom Carper, having served as his Chief of Staff, as well as Delaware's Secretary of State from 1994 until 2001. Freel has a B.A. from Gannon College, an M.A. in Political Science and an M. Ed. in College Counseling from the University of Delaware.

About Barbara Crowell

Barbara Crowell was nominated by Governor Tom Carper to be Judge in the Family Court of the State of Delaware in 1996. She remained in that position until retirement in June 2019. Prior to this position, she was the first female partner at Morris James and a high school math and science teacher in Trumball, CT. Judge Crowell attended Mt. Holyoke College and received her Law JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been working to improve the lives of children in our state whether it was the implementation of court-ordered desegregation, the conditions of girls in Grace Cottage or youth aging out of the foster care system.

Congratulations to Ed and Barbara!

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