At this week’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting, the council honored Family Services’ Children’s Advocacy Program Manager Fulton McSwain as a 2019 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamers Award.
The Young Dreamers Award honors two emerging or proven young adult city residents between the ages of 18 and 40 who have made a tangible difference in the lives of those who otherwise might have been overlooked, ignored or disadvantaged.
McSwain is a forensic interviewer and project manager for Family Services’ Children Advocacy Center. During the past nine years, he has performed about 1,200 forensic interviews of children age 3 – 17 who are victims of physical or sexual abuse.
The Family Services Child Advocacy Center eliminates the need for a child to undergo numerous interviews in settings that can be intimidating for anyone—let alone for a child who has suffered physical or sexual abuse.
The Center is located in a confidential location where children can be interviewed in a non-threatening and child-friendly environment.
“Children deserve to have a place where law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and the multi-disciplinary team can work together under one roof where they can be supportive,” McSwain said. “In many cases, for children who have been abused, the healing process starts here.”
The city’s Human Relations Commission established the Young Dreamers Award in 2009 to encourage young adults to participate in philanthropic, altruistic community involvement that is in the spirit of how Martin Luther King Jr. lived and encouraged others to live.
Also honored was Aaron Jackson, the manager of the Rams Know Healthcare On Wheels mobile unit operated by Winston-Salem State University.