About the Award:
The Senator Percy Malone Child Protection Award was established in 2010
to honor the achievements of the Senator and his wife, Donna. Senator and Mrs.
Malone have worked for years to pass laws and create legislation designed to
end sexual and physical abuse and fight their devastating effects on our state’s youngest populations.
For many years, the Senator served as the chair of the State’s Children and Youth Committee Task Force
for Abused and Neglected Children. Greatly due to the efforts of Senator and Mrs.
Malone, state funding has been provided for Child Advocacy Centers throughout Arkansas.
They continue today to be true champions for children. The Percy and Donna Malone Child
Safety Center opened its doors in 2015 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas to serve children in Clark County and surrounding areas.
The award is presented at the Child Protection Luncheon in April annually.
Systematic approach to ensuring access to services, eliminating unnecessary pass-throughs, and ensuring accountability starts with organized legislative approaches. Through her representation she not only helped to define the lack of oversight under the past legislative designation, but she articulated and represented the voice of the CAC network with knowledge, grace and strength. She continuously communicated and listened to opposition and would collaboratively gather factual guidance to help clarify misinformed information that was being communicated to her peers by the opposition. Without her efforts the most recent transformation legislation would not have been accomplished. She remains a warrior for those that don't have a voice and consistently is a continuous resource even in between legislative sessions helping navigate any trouble with state bureaucratic processes and bridging key relationships with vital partners such as the prosecutors. She remains an example that will forever make an impact on populations of people that she may never even meet.
Since first entering the legislative body in 2013 she has been recognized by many organizations that have mutual missions of representing those most vulnerable populations in the state that often do not have much of a voice in legislation. Representative Fite represents the true essence of this award and deserves to be acknowledged for her tireless and strong efforts for abused children in the state of Arkansas.
Beverly divided her time between the Village and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County until her retirement from the CAC in July, 2015. She has also served as the Benton County Multidisciplinary Coordinator from 2001 until 2008 and as President of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. She was the Benton County Woman of the Year in 2000 and received the Advocate of the Year Award from the National Children’s Alliance in 2014.
Dan and his wife Rita reside in Fort Smith, Arkansas and have 3 children. He has served on many boards including but not limited to: CASA of Sebastian County, Hamilton House Child Safety Center, and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association.
Pollan is the co-author of Arkansas Act 824. This act empowered agencies such as DHS, State Police, and CAC’s to work together against child abuse in our state.
Carolyn and her husband George have two children and four grandchildren.
She returned to the Dept of Pediatrics of UAMS to work with the Center for Children at Risk in 2004. Her present duties include general pediatric care in the ACH emergency department, inpatient and outpatient medical evaluations for cases of suspected child abuse or neglect, medical education on child abuse topics, medical peer review to examiners at the children’s advocacy centers in Arkansas, and research within the UAMS Dept of Pediatrics on child abuse and neglect topics. Dr. Farst became the first physician in Arkansas to be certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Children’s Alliance in 2011.