On April 19, the Administration for Children, Youth and Families presented the Commissioner’s Award in Washington, D.C., to Gudrun Bergvall of Juneau, OCS Social Services Program Coordinator in the State Office. This prestigious award is given to one person from each state who makes an exceptional contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in their respective state. For Bergvall, this award is well-deserved, colleagues said.
Over the last 23 years, Gudrun has helped fundamentally shape and develop the infrastructure of Alaska’s child protection services through her work in the areas of policy development, the Title IV-E program and the state office adoption unit. Although her work is generally behind the scenes, it is impossible to quantify the cumulative, extensive influence Bergvall has had on the development of Alaska’s Child Welfare System. The impact of her work can be measured daily as the policies she has drafted and the resources she has helped secure drive and fuel the work of the agency. Her knowledge of federal and state statutes, regulations and policies has been a constant and invaluable asset to OCS as a whole.
Bergvall is recognized nationally as a federal expert in Title IV-E policy. She is often called upon by federal partners at the Administration of Children, Youth and Families as a federal reviewer for Title IV-E Audits in other states, such as Arizona, Washington and Hawaii.
Bergvall received this award as a part of the Children’s Bureau 100 Years celebration. The award was presented by ACYF Commissioner, Bryan Samuels.