Dr. Renee Ornelas and the Para Los Niños Program (PLN) team will be presented with an award of appreciation for their work with sexually abused children during the Bernalillo County Commission’s regular meeting on March 25.
County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley will ask the commission for a proclamation in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. She will also recognize organizations actively working to reduce the incidence of child abuse within Bernalillo County.
PLN is the state’s only program devoted to providing medical evaluations for children and adolescents who have been sexually abused and sexually assaulted. The multidisciplinary staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and also provides comprehensive, laboratory evaluations, crisis counseling and anticipatory guidance.
PLN staff also provides training to social workers, educators, district attorney’s offices, law enforcement and other state agencies and professionals in other disciplines who require education in the area of child maltreatment.
“We are honored to receive this award. It is especially meaningful to us since this is our 20 year anniversary of Para Los Niños providing medical services for children with concerns of sexual abuse and teens who've been sexually assaulted. We are committed to our work in this area and it gives us great satisfaction to be recognized in this way. This award is deeply appreciated,” said Ornelas.
"I want to offer my congratulations to Dr. Ornelas and her staff at Para Los Niños,” said Dr. Loretta Cordova De Ortega, chair for the UNM School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. “Their work is outstanding and deserving of recognition. This award is truly a reflection of their dedication and hard work.”
The Bernalillo County Commission meets March 25th at 5 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center at One Civic Plaza, NW.