Community members and organizations will be honored by the Maine Children’s Trust for their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout Maine.

The 14th annual recognition event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Double Tree Hotel in South Portland.

The 2017 award recipients are:

• Education Partner — University of Maine at Farmington in Farmington;

• State Partner — O.C.F.S. Information Services in Augusta;

• Community Partner — Police Chief Michael Gahagan, of Caribou; and

• Professional Advocate — Stephe6*n Jacobs, M.D., of Lewiston.

Honorees will receive the awards for their contributions and commitment to prevent and reduce child maltreatment as well as their leadership in advocating for strategies that positively impact child well-being.

Featured guest speaker and noted TED Talks speaker, Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck, will share his discovery of changing his perception of enforcing laws.

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